Our curriculum development focuses on building life skills that help youth adopt healthy behaviors. Through a series of interactive activities and discussions learners gain a tangible understanding of potential barriers to their development and get a chance to practice the skills necessary for sustainable behavior change. Key curricular objectives include making healthy decisions, risk avoidance, building support networks, reducing stigma and discrimination, increasing knowledge about testing and treatment, addressing gender issues, and assessing values.
Our curriculum development process has been informed by years of field experience and technical expertise in curriculum design. Grassroot Soccer produces culturally relevant curricula by closely engaging local stakeholders in Curriculum Development Workshops. This workshop is designed to elicit input and direction from youth, mentors, and local coordinators to guide content development and delivery.
Grassroot Soccer uses a system of pre-testing and piloting to develop scaleable learning tools.
Pre-testing: Primarily using qualitative methods, such as focus groups, structured interviews, and observation, pre-testing allows Grassroot Soccer to answer crucial questions like: Is the intervention fun and culturally appropriate? Are key messages understood? How long is the intervention?
Piloting: Relying on clearly defined benchmarks of success and a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plan, Grassroot Soccer pilot tests new products with a sample population before scaling up. Upon reviewing data collected from pre- and post-questionnaires, attendance forms, focus groups, and site visits, Grassroot Soccer assesses the impact of the intervention and whether the intervention should be scaled up, further evaluated, or discontinued.
Scale Up: If deemed effective, replicable, and culturally appropriate, a product is brought to scale through Grassroot Soccer affiliates and implementing partners. Products are adapted and translated and right-size program support structures are established.