BRAC Adolescent Development Program

BRAC's Adolescent Development Program runs Adolescent Clubs, where secondary school girls can engage in extra-curricular and cultural activities as well as livelihood training courses, all with a view to building soft-skills.

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BRAC's Adolescent Development Program (ADP) is a multi-faceted program that targets adolescents aged 11 to 19, building their soft skills and employability through life skills-based education (LSBE) and livelihood training activities. The program runs Adolescent Clubs (known as Kishori Kendro), which are safe centers in which adolescent girls have an opportunity to socialize and interact, engage in cultural activities, and have open discussions with each other regarding social and personal issues among their peers. This is complemented by the "Adolescent Peer Organised Network," which offers peer-led education on various social and health-related issues, including reproductive health, children's rights, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, violence, family planning, child marriage, dowry, gender, and others. The goal of these sessions is to increase awareness and generate discussion around important, but socially taboo issues, as well as to build students' interpersonal and communication skills and general confidence levels.

The program also provides livelihood training courses that are offered to adolescent female students with the goal of providing them with skills for financial empowerment. Training courses are provided in several sectors, including tailoring, embroidery, journalism, poultry and livestock raising, beautician services, photography, ICT, and bakery, among others. These are offered in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sport and other local organizations. 

These clubs have been recognized by families and communities as a supportive system for educating adolescents on important issues affecting their well-being and for teaching adolescents the skills to cope with situations they may face in daily life. The clubs provide adolescents a safe place to congregate, discuss relevant issues, exchange views and experiences, and to participate in activities that support their development and well-being. The clubs operate in the afternoon, generally in BRAC schools, though some clubs are housed in rented premises. These clubs organize various activities involving the participation of adolescent girls and boys such as LSBE sessions, access to library facilities, cultural activities, sports, and follow-up on social actions. The clubs are managed and run by adolescent girls who act as Kishori Netris (Adolescent Peer Leaders). They are trained to operate the club as well as to facilitate life skills-based education (LSBE) programmes.

All of BRAC's ADP activities place an emphasis on communication, awareness, and advocacy, and promotes active interaction and dialogue among adolescents, their parents, and community leaders on issues related to adolescent development. These sessions seek to raise awareness among community members about the importance of adolescent issues. Other initiatives of the program include sports-based activities, cultural activities such as theater and photography, and after-school tutoring for adolescent girls. 

BRAC's ADP is open not only to BRAC students, but also to government school students. Club sizes are capped at around 25 to 40 students each, and currently all adolescent girls reached through any of BRAC's programs are linked to ADP. 

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