Program and Curriculum Design
Creating meaningful opportunities to engage adolescent girls and young women through real-world programs and evidence-based curriculums
Ashley helps organizations, universities and schools engage girls and young women by collaborating to develop innovative life skills, leadership and empowerment programs and curriculums. By synthesizing the latest research and promising practices with the needs and interests of the specific group, Ashley creates individualized programs and curriculums that meet girls and young women where they are- and then guide them as they move forward. Recent partners include International Alert and the Center for Creative Leadership.
After working with teams to develop programs and curriculum, Ashley offers virtual and in-person training for implementing staff. She also offers ongoing support to partners implementing the program or curriculum.
Workshops for Girls, Women and Practitioners
Convening girls, young women and practitioners for learning, sharing and leading
Ashley designs and facilitates workshops for adolescent girls, young women and the practitioners who serve them. All workshops are tailored to the specific needs and interests of participants.
Workshops for girls and young women are interactive and playful, and focus on helping participants acquire and practice life and leadership skills such as assertiveness, critical thinking, visioning and communication. Workshops incorporate the arts, collaborative games and creative writing into an evidence-based experience that is customized to the age, needs and interests of participants.
Practitioner workshops help participants explore girl psychology and brain development while learning and practicing practical, effective tools for girl engagement. Practitioners learn about girl behavior and the challenges facing girls and leave the workshop equipped to provide girls with the tools they need to navigate social pressures to lead healthy, dignified and empowered lives. Recent partners include International Alert and the United National Development Programme (UNDP).
Ashley also offers workshops on diversity and inclusion, gender mainstreaming, gender sensitization, sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention and response, and “Girl Psych and Soc 101.” She offers virtual and in-person coaching to girls, young women and practitioners on an individual basis.
Research, Learning and Sharing
Applying research to help organizations scale impact; creating and sharing knowledge for the girl and women serving world
Ashley helps UN agencies, international and national nonprofits, community-based organizations and schools and universities better reach and engage adolescent girls and young women through research, learning and development. As a scholar-practitioner who believes that adolescent girls and young women are experts in their own lived reality, Ashley uses participant-centered methods to ensure that their voices ground and guide research and learning. She has collaborated with girls and women on gap analyses, program assessments and evaluations, appreciate inquiry reviews and Positive Deviance as well as rigorous qualitative research projects. Recent partners include the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Population Council.
Ashley has extensive experience in partnership building, resource mobilization, and outreach and visibility. She can articulate the needs of girls and young women to diverse audiences, including individuals, foundations and corporations, for increased support and funding. In addition, Ashley speaks to girls, young women, parents and practitioners on a wide range of topics related to adolescent girls.