JUST LIKE MY CHILD FOUNDATION

Transforming the World, One Girl At a Time

San Diego, CA   |  www.justlikemychild.org

Mission

Our mission is to empower vulnerable adolescent girls by enabling them to create healthy, self-sustaining families who prosper without further aid.

Ruling year info

2006

Founder

Vivian Glyck

Executive Director

Shawn Ruggeiro

Main address

PO Box 22025

San Diego, CA 92192 USA

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EIN

20-5264558

NTEE code info

International Educational Development (Q34)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

No one is more vulnerable than an uneducated girl living in poverty. She is at risk for dropping out of school early, sexual violence, forced child marriage, early pregnancy, complications during childbirth, and contracting HIV/AIDS. If she survives, she will raise her children in poverty and they, too, will face the same obstacles. Consider this: -Globally, 250 million adolescent girls live in poverty (UN 2015) -In central Uganda, nearly 50% of girls drop out of school by age 15 (Population Council 2013). -In central Uganda, 77% of reported child abuse is rape against girls (ANPPCAN Uganda). -When a girl has 7 or more years of education, she marries 4 years later and has 2.2 fewer children (Center for Global Development 2009). And yet, girls have the potential to move themselves and their families into a healthier, more secure life. JLMC firmly believes that investing in the empowerment of adolescent girls means supporting the most powerful force for change on the planet.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Girl Power Project®

Just Like My Child Foundation's Girl Power Project is a transformational program targeting girls in central Uganda as they enter the most vulnerable juncture of their lives: adolescence. This project steps in just as girls face the choices that will lead them to a life of early marriage, pregnancy, and disease OR a life of education, economic independence, and delayed marriage.

That’s why JLMC is investing in one of the most effective ways to create a global shift at the grassroots level: life skills and mentoring training for adolescent girls ages 12-15 so they are equipped to stay in school and avoid forced child marriage, early pregnancy, and disease.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Women and girls

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of health/hygiene product and/or tools of care (mosquito nets, soap, etc.) administered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Adolescents

Related Program

Girl Power Project®

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

AFRIpad Deluxe Menstrual Kit - includes a set of four reusable sanitary pads, plus one storage bag. Made from high performance textiles that provide effective protection for 12+ menstrual cycles.

Number of middle school students improving health-related attitudes and behaviors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys, Adolescents

Related Program

Girl Power Project®

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Girl Power Project® is a transformational life-skills education program for girls consisting of 60+ hours of workshops, camp, and after school club sessions taught over the course of two years.

Number of community-based organizations providing primary prevention services in violence

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys, Adults

Related Program

Girl Power Project®

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

JLMC trains and establishes a legal justice network at the community, police, and hospital levels that girls learn how to access if they are victims of sexual and gender based violence.

Number of parents/guardians engaged in student activities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys, Adults

Related Program

Girl Power Project®

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Before the Girl Power Project® begins training adolescent girls and boys, the adults in the community gain knowledge around children's rights and local law that is needed to support empowered girls.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Adolescents, Young adults

Related Program

Girl Power Project®

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

JLMC removes the financial barrier to higher education through the sponsorship of exceptional Girl Power Project graduates, ensuring high-performing yet vulnerable girls receive a quality education.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Investing in women and girls is the most powerful way to address global poverty. In response to the challenges that adolescent girls face when living in poverty, Just Like My Child Foundation developed the Girl Power Project® (GPP): a replicable curriculum and system of delivery to empower vulnerable adolescent girls with the tools they need to stay in school and avoid child marriage, disease, early pregnancy, and violence.

Girls aged 12-15 are receiving 60+ hours of workshops, camp, and club sessions taught by local mentors in their primary schools and communities over the course of two years in central Uganda.

Today, with the adoption of evidence-based industry standards and best practices for girl-focused programming, JLMC is committed to equipping 20,000 vulnerable adolescent girls with the tools that will help them to navigate adolescence successfully.

THE FIRST STEP: LAYING THE FOUNDATION
The Girl Power Project aims to reach 50-80% of girls aged 10-14 in a community with curriculum that's delivered through an intensive two year program. Before Just Like My Child Foundation introduces the Girl Power Project in a community, everyone gains the knowledge that is needed to support empowered girls. JLMC lays the foundation for girls' empowerment by:

— Teaching communities about the law and human rights.
— Implementing Population Council's Girl Roster Toolkit to document how many adolescent girls live in each community served by the Girl Power Project, which helps ensure that 50-80% of girls are reached.
— Signing a covenant with the community, that proves the community values the empowerment of girls, as well as their commitment to support their daughters through the Girl Power Project.

STEP 2: WORKSHOPS FOR GIRLS & ADULTS
JLMC works alongside primary school communities to create positive learning environments so girls can stay in school, learn, and excel. Two workshops are conducted with girls to facilitate discussion and understanding of essential social survival skills. Topics include:
• Self-Esteem
• Communication Skills
• Peer Pressure
• Puberty and Menstruation
• Gender Roles
• Violence Against Girls
• Healthy Relationships
• HIV/AIDS Awareness
• Career Goals
• Leadership
• Reproductive and Sexual Health

Boys also attend two workshops. Topics include:
• Peer Pressure
• Puberty
• Leadership
• How to Support Girls
• Reproductive and Sexual Health
• Gender Roles
• Mentoring
• Gender-based Violence

Trusted adults in the community learn the same curriculum that girls and boys learn and as a result, are equipped to support and mentor girls in their community.

The top performing girls are chosen by their peers, teachers, and Girl Power Project Coordinators to attend a bonus activity called Camp Girl Power where they learn how to be effective mentors and receive AFRIpads, reusable menstrual pads that help girls maintain good hygiene and are critical for staying healthy and in school.

STEP 3: AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBS
With help from local partners and trusted adults in the community, JLMC's program facilitators help girl Peer Mentors share what they have learned with others (including girls who do not attend school) through 12 monthly club sessions. Each Club Session reinforces the curriculum covered in the first two workshops by supplementing girls' knowledge with additional skills and resources. Some club sessions invite the entire community to participate, so that girls are learning alongside their parents, guardians, and siblings.
Club Topics Include:
* Creating Safe Spaces
* Knowing Human Rights
* Sexual and Reproductive Health
* Financial Literacy
* Civic Education
* Self Defense
* Knowing HIV Status
* Practice Being a Mentor

Since its inception in 2006, Just Like My Child Foundation (JLMC) has delivered healthcare services, education, microenterprise, social justice, leadership and empowerment programs to over 200,000 individuals (primarily women and children) in 76 rural communities in Central Uganda and Senegal.

In 2015, several of JLMC's pioneer programs began graduating into self-sustainability and independence from the need for further financial assistance. After more than a decade of experience working with communities, JLMC came to understand that focusing on adolescent girls creates a unique opportunity to prevent new generations from ever entering the cycle of poverty and disease. As a result, JLMC developed the Girl Power Project® to equip girls with the tools, skills, and attitudes to stay in school and avoid early pregnancy and disease.

Today, JLMC's graduated programs in Healthcare, Education, and Microenterprise remain the building blocks of an essential foundation that enables girl's empowerment to take hold within communities.

With over a decade of experience in successful program implementation in Central Uganda and through the adoption of current evidence-based standards and best practices for girl-focused programming JLMC is uniquely positioned to deliver this programming and does so with a team of dynamic, highly educated Ugandan leaders who serve as positive role models to girl participants.

As of 2018, the Girl Power Project® has successfully reached nearly 5,000 girls at 71 primary schools in central Uganda.

With internal and external monitoring and evaluation outcomes demonstrating that the Girl Power Project® is effective in empowering girls and their communities, JLMC is now poised and committed to identifying and working with strategic partners to support the scaling up of the Girl Power Project®, a proven and sustainable model of success for girls empowerment.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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JUST LIKE MY CHILD FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Vivian Glyck

Just Like My Child Foundation

Maria Middaugh Assaraf

MyNeuroGym.com

Trevor Sacco

Sacco Restaurant Group

Arielle Ford

ArielleFord.com

Ramela Asaturyan

Popeyes Franchise Owner

Steve Commins

Lecturer, Department of Urban Planning at UCLA

Karina Icinkoff

Registered Nurse & Lactation Consultant at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Children

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/25/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data