A Girl Called Hope exists to see young women reach their full potential through participation in a structured, residential programme. The programme is open to women aged 16 – 28 years, and consists of the following three phases:
An application to the residential programme at A Girl Called Hope must be initiated by the young woman herself which is the first step in demonstrating a sincere desire and readiness for change. Applications are reviewed by the Intake Coordinator who conducts an in–depth interview and presents the application to the intake committee. Applicants assessed to be suitable for the programme are supported through regular contact with the Intake Coordinator until a place becomes available, and are provided with resources to help the individual prepare for the residential programme. Applications are regularly reviewed to ensure the programme's suitability to meet an applicant's current needs, A Girl Called Hope reserves the right to decline an application at any stage of the application process.
2. Residential Programme
Participants on the programme live on–site for approximately six months, and have a structured daily routine tailored to the issues they are working through. Residents are actively supported by the programme staff, including dietician and counsellor, and a programme has been developed which encompasses career advice, communication and life skills development as well as the practical skills of cooking, cleaning, and budgeting. Each young woman participates in the daily running of the home, and is involved in recreation that includes team and community building activities.
3. Transitional Care
Each young woman is supported by a mentor who provides support for them in their community for 12 months following their graduation from the residential programme as well as being supported by the Transitional Care Coordinator at A Girl Called Hope.
Key Programme Components
The programme participants attend an hour of individual counselling as well as two hours of Group each week. The young women address their personal issues as well as gaining essential building blocks necessary for developing healthy and honest relationships. In counselling and Group, the goal remains the same: to equip each young woman with the necessary tools to lead a successful life.
A Girl Called Hope operates a daily structured learning programme, which is holistic in approach and focuses on nurturing the following areas:
The young women participate in recreation every afternoon; activities include attending the gym, general sports, bush walks, shopping and community service.
Programme participants are practically involved in the range of activities associated with running a residential home. This includes undertaking supervised meal preparation and household duties.
At A Girl Called Hope, we celebrate the culmination of months of hard work and commitment to change during our graduation ceremonies. The young women share with staff, family and friends their renewed hope for the future.