Gender-Specific Resources


Girls have become the fastest-growing segment of the juvenile justice system, in part because programs and interventions fail to address their unique needs.

The Michigan Department of Human Services and the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice commissioned the development of the "Creating Resiliency in Girls" curriculum to better meet the needs of girls. It addresses both their needs and experiences related to such issues as gender, race, culture, financial status, and physical appearance.

The Curriculum is a comprehensive guide of female-specific resources and is written for professionals working with girls. It seeks to improve understanding of female-specific issues and support high-quality services for girls, especially for those in the juvenile justice system.

The Curriculum is divided into nine learning modules. They are:

  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Module 2: History of Female Specific Programming
  • Module 3: Statistical Data and Trends, National Female Offender Profile & Behavioral Implications
  • Module 4: The Neurobiological Connection to Female-Responsive Programming
  • Module 5: Intervention Strategies
  • Module 6: Effective Management Practices within the Workplace
  • Module 7: Strategies for Community Integration/Partnering
  • Module 8: Program Evaluation and Sustainability
  • Module 9: Go Girls! Sample, Activity-based, Female-Responsive Program Curriculum


Read the "Creating Resiliency in Girls" curriculum.

Click here to view a list of female-responsive resources.

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