The Girls Clubs are for all young teen girls throughout San Pedro, including both classmates and those who are not attending school. Membership ranges from 15 to 75 girls, and there are clubs in nearly every village in San Pedro. The girls who participate in our Girls Leadership Institute are encouraged to start and lead Girls Clubs in their own communities.
The Clubs are central to WWT’s work and provide a safe environment where the girls can come together with their peers to support one another in setting and achieving personal and group goals. They are encouraged by MTU staff and community volunteers to consider both the challenges and benefits of staying in school. The girls engage in community service projects and learn to make individual and group decisions. All the while developing their leadership skills.
Each club develops according to the interests of the girls who comprise them and the unique needs of their communities: managing garbage and recycling; writing and producing a teen radio series; packaging and marketing fruit jellies to raise money; babysitting to help working mothers; tutoring younger girls to keep them interested in their studies.
WWT has introduced the following programs within the Girls Clubs to give structure and further advance the cause of girls education and empowerment: