Youth First

Youth First | India

Background + Situation
  • Bihar’s sex ratio is among the worst in India, with just 846 girls per 1,000 boys among youth ages 15-24 years
  • Over 35% of all reported HIV infections in India occur among the age group 15-24 years
  • The Indian suicide death rate is among the highest in the world, and 40% of India’s suicide deaths in men and 56% of suicide deaths in women occur in the age group 15-29 years
CorStone Response | Youth First
CorStone’s Youth First program works to foster development ‘from the inside out,’ providing an evidence-based approach to impact the health and education—and positive life trajectory—of India’s adolescent youth. Based on the well-documented impacts of our Girls First | Bihar program, Youth First provides an integrated, school-based, resilience and adolescent health training program to improve mental and physical health, school performance and engagement, self-advocacy, social skills and relationships among youth.

Youth attend facilitated peer support groups led by trained school teachers during the school day for one-hour each week. A typical lesson combines 20-30 minutes of skill building followed by 30 minutes of group discussion and problem solving. Working in partnership with the Bihar Education Project Council and The David & Lucile Packard Foundation, scale-up trials in 2016-17 will involve nearly 40,000 students and hundreds of school teachers in 6-8th grades in 125 schools in Bihar.

These trials are part of a multi-faceted approach by CorStone to elucidate the training, processes and supports required to deliver and sustain a viable teacher-led integrated resilience and health program in government schools at large scale.
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