• Nigeria
    In Maiduguri, Nigeria, young girls and boys participated in Adolescent Circles to learn how to cope with trauma, build trust and express their thoughts, fears, concerns and hopes through art.
  • Colombia
    In Colombia, the Kit is incorporated into the volunteer programme known as “Our UNICEF”, which works with adolescents to develop their competencies to engage in their communities, build peace, foster reconciliation, and learn about their rights.
  • Indonesia
    In Indonesia, the Kit is used to empower adolescents to address issues they face before, during and after emergencies, and to support them in building their communities’ resilience to disaster.
  • Myanmar
    In Myanmar, the Kit is implemented through the EXCEL livelihood and 21st Century skills programme to support adolescents with life skill development for employability.
  • Haiti
    In Haiti, the Kit was used to facilitate discussion with adolescents where they expressed their opinions and made recommendations on how they can prepare for the next emergency.

WHAT IS THE Adolescent KIT?

The Adolescent Kit for Expression and Innovation is a package of guidance, tools, activities, and supplies to support adolescents ages 10-18, especially those who are affected by humanitarian crises.

The Kit aims to bring about positive change in adolescents’ lives through arts and innovation. The activities offer adolescents the chance to express themselves, experiment, solve real problems, and explore new ideas. In the process, adolescent girls and boys develop key competencies and new skills that help them to cope with stressful circumstances, build healthy relationships, and engage positively with their communities.

The Kit promotes the Adolescent Circles approach, which involves bringing groups of girls and boys ages 10-18 together in a safe space on a regular basis to have fun, cope with difficult experiences, learn, and work together. It draws from good programmatic approaches in psychosocial support, life skills education, child protection, social cohesion and peacebuilding.

The Kit can be used by anyone involved in managing programmes or working directly with adolescents in humanitarian and vulnerable development contexts, including staff across different sectors, teachers, Child Friendly Space facilitators, youth facilitators and community volunteers. All or part of the Kit can be integrated into programmes for adolescents in areas such as child protection, education and youth development.

More About the Kit Translations

What’s in the Kit?

Quick Guide
A brief overview of the Kit that provides a snapshot of the guidance, tools, activities and supplies available to users.
Foundation Guidance
An introduction to the key principles and approaches that underpin the Kit, including how to work effectively with adolescents.
Programme Coordinators’ Guidance
Guidance and tools for planning and running interventions for adolescents using the Kit.
Facilitator’s Guide
Guidance and tools for planning and leading activities for adolescents that help them develop and use competencies, putting the 10 key approaches into action.
Supply Guide
Guidance and tools for managing, storing and replacing supplies and materials for activities with adolescents.
Training Package
A collection of training modules aimed at preparing programme coordinators and facilitators to use the resources in the Kit.

The Kit in Action


The Adolescent Kit has been used in 21 countries around the world, reaching 160,000 adolescent girls and boys since it was launched in 2017.

It is used in a range of humanitarian and protracted emergencies, in countries affected by armed conflict, natural disasters and protracted crises, in fragile and vulnerable development contexts, and among migrants, refugees, internally displaced people and host communities.

Browse the country profiles above to see the many ways the Kit has been adapted and used to empower adolescents in challenging situations to bring about positive change in their own lives and their communities.

The Kit in Action

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