CorStone receives major grant from David and Lucile Packard Foundation for expansion of 'Girls First' in Bihar, India
We are excited to announce a major grant from the Packard Foundation in support of our Girls First program in India. The grant will provide personal resilience and adolescent health training to 3,600 girls ages 12-14 years in 80 schools in rural/tribal communities in Bihar. Most of the girls are the first generation in their family to attend school, and are at high-risk for trafficking, early school drop-out, and early marriage and pregnancy.
Girls First is a one-year personal resilience curriculum, run in a weekly facilitated peer support group format with 12-15 girls per group. The first half of the year focuses on developing "emotional resilience," which includes self-esteem, persistence, emotional health, communication skills, problem solving skills, and strong social ties. The second half helps girls make healthier choices for their nutrition, safety, and reproductive health.
The Packard grant also provides for 60 community women to be trained as Program Facilitators and earn a living wage as they lead the program with the girls. Working in partnership with researchers from UCSF and Swarthmore University, we will also undertake a rigorous impact evaluation of the program. Anticipated outcomes include measurable improvements in mental and emotional health, physical well-being, and academic success.