The Adolescent Kit for Expression and Innovation

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
July 17, 2020



The Adolescent Kit for Expression and Innovation is a package of guidance, tools, activities, and supplies to support adolescents ages 10-18, especially those who are affected by humanitarian crises.

The Kit aims to bring about positive change in adolescents’ lives through arts and innovation. The activities offer adolescents the chance to express themselves, experiment, solve real problems, and explore new ideas. In the process, adolescent girls and boys develop key competencies and new skills that help them to cope with stressful circumstances, build healthy relationships, and engage positively with their communities.

The Kit promotes the Adolescent Circles approach, which involves bringing groups of girls and boys ages 10-18 together in a safe space on a regular basis to have fun, cope with difficult experiences, learn, and work together. It draws from good programmatic approaches in psychosocial support, life skills education, child protection, social cohesion and peacebuilding.

The Kit can be used by anyone involved in managing programmes or working directly with adolescents in humanitarian and vulnerable development contexts, including staff across different sectors, teachers, Child Friendly Space facilitators, youth facilitators and community volunteers. All or part of the Kit can be integrated into programmes for adolescents in areas such as child protection, education and youth development.

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The Adolescent Kit has been used in 21 countries around the world, reaching 160,000 adolescent girls and boys since it was launched in 2017.

It is used in a range of humanitarian and protracted emergencies, in countries affected by armed conflict, natural disasters and protracted crises, in fragile and vulnerable development contexts, and among migrants, refugees, internally displaced people and host communities.

Browse the country profiles above to see the many ways the Kit has been adapted and used to empower adolescents in challenging situations to bring about positive change in their own lives and their communities.


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