What We Do
We're bringing high-quality comprehensive sexuality education to young adolescents across rural Madagascar — at scale, for the first time.
Our specialized Educators harness the power of comprehensive sexuality education to improve adolescents’ health, education, safety, and well-being.
What Drives Us
of girls in Madagascar are married by the time they are 18 years old, and 13% before they are 15 years old.
MICS - UNICEF, 2018
of rural 6th grade students believe a girl cannot go to school while she is menstruating
Projet Jeune Leader data, 2023
One day, a young girl came to see me for counseling. The student confided that a man had been flirting with her, and her friends were encouraging her to accept his advances. I asked her: what did she want to do, given everything she had learned in the PJL class? She responded that her choice would be to continue her studies, and she is not yet ready for this kind of relationship. I realized, 'Wow, what I taught had a real impact on this girl's life.'
Ranjha, PJL Educator
All quotes from students have been translated from Malagasy from handwritten messages students sent to us through our constituent voice magazines.
Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) gives young people the holistic knowledge, skills, and support they need to make healthy, safe, and empowered decisions.
Lifelong behaviors and beliefs are shaped during early adolescence. CSE is a strategic intervention that improves adolescents’ knowledge, attitudes, behavioral intentions, and self-efficacy at a critical time. And, as we've designed and delivered it, CSE has a powerful impact on school culture and parent engagement.
Our program engages both girls and boys in substantive discussions on gender, power, and identity to challenge harmful norms and practices. This results in significant, measurable changes in gender-equitable mindsets after receiving our program.
Our model is intentionally simple and lean. A single Educator delivers a multitude of services to hundreds of adolescent students in otherwise underserved rural communities. Despite being low-cost, our CSE program is a high-impact, high-dosage investment that provides holistic, age-adapted programming over multiple years.