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Working on Womanhood: Reducing PTSD among teen girls 

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The United States is failing its teen girls. As they experience record-high levels of violence, sadness, and suicide risk, a program called Working on Womanhood (WOW) offers much-needed hope.

Developed by the nonprofit Youth Guidance and evaluated by the University of Chicago Education Lab, this program was found to dramatically reduce anxiety, depression, and PTSD symptoms among girls in Chicago high schools. The program is designed by Black and Latina women for young Black and Latina girls. Data suggests WOW is both cost-effective and scalable. This event will look at how incorporating trauma-focused counseling in schools can improve the lives of girls, now and as they move towards adulthood.  


Monica Bhatt, senior research director, University of Chicago Education Lab 
Ngozi Harris, WOW director of program and staff development, Youth Guidance 
Bansari Pandit, WOW program alum


Jina Moore Ngarambe, managing editor, Harvard Public Health

February 13 @ 1:00 pm

Read the Hechinger Report's feature on WOW

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