The three factors that were identified most frequently as barriers or challenges to young women’s economic prosperity by the community leaders were education, social class and cultural competencies. Other significant factors include financial, digital and information literacy, role models, self-esteem and motivation. These factors can intersect with each other in a variety of ways, for example – social class could influence a young woman’s access to a quality education.
Education: helping women and young girls envisioning their potential, providing resources and visual road maps on how to achieve goals.
Social Class: working with socio-economically vulnerable young women, in the hope of developing positive role-models for their communities.
Motivation: creating programs that inspire passion and meet participants’ interest, providing support and training on time management and organizational skills.
Gendered Challenges: designing relevant programs to the experiences and cultural values of participants, and creating accessible programming (both in terms of format, structure, language, and content), that takes ac-count specific cultural barriers.
Cultural Competencies: designing relevant programs to the experiences and cultural values of participants, and creating accessible programming
Financial Literacy: designing practical, hands-on, and relevant financial literacy programming.
Information and Digital Literacy: introducing new and empowering digital literacy skills, encouraging participants to skill-share within their communities, and mentoring young women and girls them to compile meaningful resource guides and visual maps for their peers and communities.
Role Models: connecting girls with positive and diverse mentors and female role models.
Self-esteem: creating opportunities for young women and girls to achieve attainable goals and to share their accomplishments, to be appreciated,