The Adolescent Kit ships flat packed. The exterior is corrugated cardboard, while the interior is coroplast. The package dimensions are 44.5" x 32.5" x 5.5" (113cm x 82.5cm x 14cm). The weight of the package is 53lbs (24kg). Note: once the kit is assembled, the overall weight is lower depending on supply needs in the field.
The Adolescent Kit: An external look
The Adolescent Kit is comprised of two lightweight carrying cases that contain enough supplies to support activities for fifty (50) adolescents. The cases are made of recyclable coroplast (corrugated plastic) which are durable and waterproof. They are supported by durable nylon straps for carrying over the shoulder. Facilitators are now able to carry supplies into remote areas or run sessions in outdoor environments.
Innovation Highlight(s): We attempted to give many of the kit components multiple functions. In this case, the carrying cases double as a portable whiteboard (when used with a polycarbonate sheet) and a solid, waterproof surface for groups of adolescents to work on.
Adolescent Kit: A look inside
The Adolescent Kit includes a series of booklets that cover topics including: an overview of the kit, how to facilitate adolescent circles, understanding the core guidance and the Four Cycles, description of available session tools and a list of available supplies. All of these publications are available online and on a usb key available within the kit.
Innovation Highlight(s): After speaking with creators of other UNICEF kits, we learned that publications tend to get "beat-up" pretty quickly in the field. In response, we designed our publications to use synthetic paper stock for the covers giving the booklets additional strength and water-resistence.
Portable Activity Cards
The Portable Activity Cards are a series of 40 activities for use during sessions with adolescents. Essentially condensed versions of the more descriptive Activity Card, these portable cards can be unfolded and attached to the Facilitator's Tablet for quick access during sessions.
Innovation Highlight(s): The concept for the Portable Activity Cards came out of our work with UNICEF Indonesia and its partners. Early prototype testing revealed, facilitators were having difficulty accessing activities using a single - all inclusive - publication. Instead they wanted a quick reference that was handy and could be used during sessions. The Portable Activity Cards accomplish this with the synthetic paper providing durability for use on the outside of the Facilitator's Tablet.
An example of an in-session tool available for facilitators. Adolescents can use the cube to quickly share how they are feeling at the beginning or end of sessions (as an example).
Innovation Highlight(s): In this case, a cube is not just a cube. In designing the Emotion Cube, we consulted with UNICEF's Disability Section to make the cube more accessible to physically and visually challenged adolescents. The size of the cube is such to make it manageable for adolescents with dexterity issues. The black and white contrast makes it easier to see for adolescents with visual impairments. Braille is being explored on a future design.
Another example of an in-session tool. The thermometer tool is printed on heavy duty scrim (vinyl) and can be written on with dry erase marker.
Who couldn't use a little inspiration? The kit includes a series of cards with instructions for activities should facilitators need inspiration beyond the session initial activities.
Innovation Highlight(s): We are exploring adding an area on the website for facilitators and adolescents to add/share their own inspiration activities.
Activity Card (front view)
The Adolescent Kit comes with a series of informational Activity Cards for use in session planning.
Activity Cards (open view)
Activity cards come with step-by-step instructions as well as do's and don'ts for facilitation best practices.
Activity Cards (back view)
Facilitators can add personal notes about how activities were received by adolescents, lessons learned or adjustments to be made.
The Facilitator's tablet is a multifunctional tool for use in-session. The tablet a) acts as storage for facilitator-specific supplies b) can be used as a writing/presentation tool as it has a mini-whiteboard and c) can be used in conjunction with the Portable Activity Cards to provide quick access to session steps.
Innovation Highlight(s): This design was strongly influenced by the facilitators in the field working in Indonesia.
Facilitator using the 'tablet' in POC Camp
InterSOS facilitator using the facilitator's tablet in a POC camp in South Sudan.
Carrier converts to a Whiteboard
Innovation Highlight(s): An example of the multifunctional nature of the kit. When used with the polycarbonate sheet (included in the kit) one of the carriers can become an inexpensive portable whiteboard. Facilitators can also attach paper to the board to create a flip chart.
Carrier as solid/water-resistant working surface
Adolescents enjoy drawing in UNICEF/GSS CFS1-Mingkaman.
Innovation Highlight(s): Our work in the field revealed adolescents often required a solid dry surface to create on; particularly in rugged and damp locations like those found in IDP camps or outdoors. Carriers can be unfolded and used for this purpose. Picture source: UNICEF South Sudan