Goal is a Standard Chartered Bank supported project.Goal uses life skills education and sport to empower adolescent girls. Goal aims to reach 100,000 young women by 2013 across the Bank’s global footprint. The Bank understands that women drive economic growth in their communities. By directly working with adolescent girls and enabling them to be change agents,also impact their siblings, parents, peers, and community members.
Goal was launched in 2006 as a pilot in Delhi, reaching 70 girls. By the end of 2010, over 14,000 girls had taken part in the programme in India Nigeria, and Jordan. In 2011, the aim was to reach an additional 25,000 girls in India, Nigeria, Jordan, China and 1-2 other markets. Goal is run in partnership with local and international NGOs; the programme uses a train-the-trainer model (Goal Champions) to build scale and allow girls to deliver the programme to their peers.
Goal targets adolescent girls ages 12-20 in urban areas from low-income families. Goal sessions are offered weekly over a period of six to ten months and include a mix of sport and life skills education modules that cover topics including financial literacy, communication skills, and health and hygiene. Once girls ‘graduate’ from Goal, those who demonstrate interest and exhibit leadership qualities are invited to become Goal Champions. They are trained to deliver the programme to other girls, allowing the Goal model to be replicated.In addition, in some circumstances, Standard Chartered provides training and funding to local partners to develop and administer a revolving loan fund accessible to Goal Champions, who can apply for loans to further their professional aspirations.
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