Bridging Gaps Program

Am I eligible for the program?

You are eligible for the program if:

  • You are between the ages of 15-18 years
  • Your parents/ guardians have granted permission for your participation
  • You are open to learning and curious about gaining key life skills

What is the program schedule?

The program will feature 16 workshop sessions conducted over a period of three months. Each session will be approximately 120 minutes long and will take place on weekends. A detailed schedule will be shared with all participants.

What benefits do participants receive?

In addition to gaining key life skills and becoming empowered to make informed decisions about their sexual wellbeing, participants will receive a certificate of completion. All participants will also be a part of a group that is led by peer-mentors for guidance and extended support as they approach university life. The most engaging participants will have the opportunity to join Team Pratisandhi!

Who will conduct the sessions?

Our peer mentors are individuals from reputed colleges across Delhi NCR such as Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Kamla Nehru College, Sri Venkateswara College, Jesus and Mary College, among others. Our mentors are selected after a rigorous process consisting of three rounds to assess their abilities and fit for the role. Mentors then receive external and internal training to equip them in handling questions by adolescents and equipping them with further knowledge in an accurate and friendly manner. 

What are the key themes the program will address?

  • Relationships
  • Values, Rights, Culture and Sexuality
  • Understanding Gender
  • Violence and Staying Safe
  • Skills for Health and Well Being
  • The Human Body and Development
  • Sexuality and Sexual Behaviour
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health

These eight areas are addressed in our program over sixteen workshop sessions. 

Why Peer-Mentorship?

  • Allows the mentee to relate to the facilitator and ask questions honestly without fear of judgement
  • Develops and reinforces self-confidence and willingness to learn by providing a safe space and reliable source of advice
  • Develops ability to accept constructive criticism and openness to new ideas and challenging beliefs
  • Bridges intergenerational gaps in social situations and facilitates understanding
  • Develop strategies for dealing with both personal and academic issues
  • Offers effective, accessible, and trained role models for growth opportunities
  • Ensures effective communication and direction through greater self knowledge and experience

Why is Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) important?

  • CSE programmes empowers young adolescents against sexual abuse or violence. It gives them the confidence to speak up if their boundaries are violated.
  • CSE plays a crucial role in addressing the wellbeing and overall development of children and young people. It provides a platform for young people to understand and learn about the aspects of sexuality.
  • CSE programmes can increase abilities to make positive and health-enhancing decisions. CSE is proved to be more effective in preventing sexually transmitted diseases.
  • CSE helps ‘normalising’ sexual and reproductive issues allowing the sensitivity surrounding sexuality to decline.
  • CSE programmes help develop skills that are closely linked to effective social and emotional learning. These programmes provide children the opportunity to learn about self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, relationship skills and management, and responsible decision making.
  • CSE teaches young people to navigate through the internet and social media effectively and safely, identifying correct and fact-based information.

How will impact be measured?

In the duration of the program, students will be asked to fill in a pre and post-program survey in order to measure their knowledge levels before and after the program. Participating students may also be given short take-home assignments or projects to complete in order to ensure maximum information retention.

In addition to impact measurement, a WhatsApp group will be created for participating students with their student mentors to ensure that they have access to guidance and support whenever they require it. The group support will last for the duration of the program and is meant to entertain questions related to the theme or extra support during high-school, such as peer advising.