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Beyond Gender Barriers: Programming Specifically for Girls Training of Trainers

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108 pages
This document summarizes 11 background readings for trainers who conduct the “Beyond Gender Barriers” curricula.
One reading summarizes research on female adolescent aggression, and another reports on relational aggression, gender, and social-psychological adjustment. A third reading reports on two recent studies that suggest reductions in adolescent pregnancy can assist in preventing juvenile violence and victimization. A fourth reading presents an article on promising practices in working with girls in the juvenile justice system. Another reading details the experiences of Sarahjoy Marsh as a volunteer yoga instructor for incarcerated women at an Oregon State prison. A Hawaii Girls Project shares staff perspectives, experiences, and feelings about girls’ issues and their own issues in working with girls. A seventh report analyzes the importance of addressing the needs of girls in the criminal justice system or at risk of offending; and it offers legislative and programming solutions. This is followed by a report on the development of a successful gender-specific community-based supervision team, with attention to strategies on how to reorganize existing resources and collaborate with community agencies in creating programs that address girls’ needs. The ninth reading describes the National Girls Caucus’ organized advocacy efforts for girls. This is followed by a 16-page journal that contains articles on the need for and components of gender-specific programming; analysis of effective treatment programs for women; policy analysis; and findings of research on women incarcerated for murdering abusive spouses. The document concludes with a summary of the interplay of physical activity and sport with the positive development of girls.