About Girls Health Ed
Girls Health Ed is an organization providing accurate and comprehensive health education programming to adolescent girls and young women.
Girls Health Ed is a community-based organization that seeks to educate adolescent girls and young women about their health. We exist to help girls make healthy, informed decisions about their lives by having Teaching Fellows from relevant fields teach workshops in local schools and community centers.
Who We Help
We focus on low-income adolescent girls and young women who are less likely to obtain accurate information about their changing bodies from their school or home environments. We aim to instill confidence through knowledge to ensure that girls walk away with a valuable reference they are able to use throughout their lives. We use health education to maximize the positive impact that girls and young women are able to have on their communities and empower them to change their lives for the better. To date, nearly 5000 girls and young women have participated in our workshops.
Why We Are Different
We are different from other health-related organizations that serve girls and young women because we focus on the whole girl. We realize that true health comes from equal emphasis on all aspects of wellbeing. Our seven modules are nutrition; physical activity; body image; puberty and personal care; menstruation; violence prevention, healthy relationships, and consent; and reproductive health. We also provide healthy snacks for the girls in all of our workshops and sanitary products and other personal hygiene items free of charge in 50% of our workshops.
Where We Serve
Currently we operate in 4 US cities (Washington, DC; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; and New Orleans, LA) and 3 cities in Kenya (Nairobi, Nyamira, and Kogelo). We have also done pilot programs in Hyderabad, India and Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh. We are in the process of digitizing our curriculum in order to provide virtual workshops to girls and young women in more geographic regions.