History of the Kit

The Adolescent Kit has a storied history within UNICEF.  From its humble beginnings, the design of the kit has been a collaborative effort involving experts, communities and adolescents from across the globe.

Adolescent girls and boys ages 10-18 bear the rights of children, and are profoundly at risk of violations of those rights especially during and after crises. With evolving capacities for collaboration, problem solving and creativity, adolescents also have the ability and the will to rebuild their communities and to be resources for peace and stability. A number of UNICEF country programmes have recognized adolescents as key stakeholders and potential partners, and initiated strategies to work for and with this age group. Yet, often during and after conflicts UNICEF has not had ready, accessible and relevant resources for reaching adolescent girls and boys in these contexts, including those with disabilities and those from marginalized sub-groups.

In 2012, the Adolescent Development and Participation (ADAP) section at UNICEF formed a partnership with the US Fund, who provides the majority of the funding for this initiative, with a focus on utilizing arts and expression methodologies to support positive outcomes for adolescent s specifically with respect to their psychosocial wellbeing, acquisition of life skills, and positive, active engagement in their communities. The partnership was and is intended to draw from rich and effective approaches that have already been used by UNICEF and partners at the field level, especially the Art in a Bag programme that had been implemented in Banda Aceh, Indonesia after the 2004 tsunami, Darien Gap, a remote region of Panama, and Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.

ADAP has worked closely with colleagues, partners and adolescents in countries around the world to design a kit that is usable, relevant and adaptable to a wide range of contexts. The ADAP team has gathered lessons learned and consulted adolescents in diverse settings in Kenya, Haiti, Timor Leste, Uganda, Myanmar, Bhutan, the State of Palestine and Jordan.

Since 2013, UNICEF-Indonesia and UNICEF-South Sudan have collaborated with ADAP through extended partnerships to develop, use and test the kits. See images of prototype kits in use in the Gallery section of this site.

The Adolescent Kit has been available to order via UNICEF's supply catalogue since 2016. As part of its effort to support country offices, ADAP funded 1000 kits for country offices requesting assistance as more funding opportunities arise details will be posted here. As part of ADAP's open-source philosophy, designs for the kit will be available online via this website. 

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Thanks to the custodians of the project, the history of the Adolescent Kit has been well documented. Please contact us at adolescentkit@unicef.org