Typically, CBOs should be able to assist with recruitment of participants through their existing networks. A flyer or other graphic communication can be developed in the local language to communicate the basic facts about the programme (time, place, objective, etc.).
In addition to explaining the programme, the objectives and the details, it is also worthwhile to stress the time commitment necessary to both parents and girls during any recruitment conversations. Before beginning the programme, consent will also be sought from the parents of each potential participant.11
Where to Find Girls
Recruiting adolescent girls to participate in any programme can be a challenge. Girls are sometimes ‘hidden’ in communities, particularly if they are out-of-school and confined to the home. They also may be expected to complete chores or assist the family with earning income, making it difficult for parents to allow them to participate in a programme like Goal without making financial sacrifices.
Some ways to get girls involved include:
- Community or school events to showcase the programme
- Group presentations to parents, school heads or other relevant stakeholders
- Peer-to-peer (encouraging participants to invite their friends and relatives)
- House-to-house visits
- Through existing community structures or programmes such as religious groups, community centres, or other NGOs
- Handing out flyers in public places