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Implementing Life Skills Programs to Improve Girls' Livelihoods

December 12, 2013

Washington, D.C.

Life skills programs aim to teach a broad set of social and behavioral skills—also referred to as "soft" or "non cognitive" skills—that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands of everyday life. Such skills—that include self-control, planning for the future and sociability—may explain a variety of health behaviors and outcomes, and can affect both education and labor market outcomes. Life skills programs can also educate young people about their rights, promote more equitable gender attitudes and improve agency.