Supporting Future Generations: The Science Behind Investing in Adolescents

Investing in adolescents builds strong economies, inclusive communities and vibrant societies, however, adolescent development is often neglected in education programming and evaluation. This brief highlights the key findings and emerging themes from three domains in adolescent development: 1) Supporting adolescent mothers and their children; 2) Advocating for flexible learning approaches; 3) Addressing mental health and wellbeing. Ultimately, this brief aims to promote more effective, impactful programs that foster resilience for adolescents facing adversity (such as poverty, displacement, humanitarian emergencies, conflict situations), using a whole child development lens.