The resulting curriculum is a rich and engaging set of materials that introduces VYAs to sensitive topics such as puberty, fertility, gender, hygiene, safety, and communication. Each topic is explored over the course of nine interactive sessions for VYAs of approximately two hours each. Sessions are led by trained GrowUp Smart facilitators from youth-serving organizations including the Rwandan Girl Scouts, Hope Foundation, and the YWCA. Sessions are supplemented by brochures, puberty storybooks, CycleSmart menstrual kits for girls, and a community game reinforcing curriculum topics. Two additional sessions target parents of participating youth and cover parent-child communication, sexuality and gender, puberty and sexual and reproductive health information.
GrowUp Smart not only seeks to bring about change at the individual and family level but at the community level as well. Toward the end of the program, a session for community members gives participating boys and girls the opportunity to share what they have learned in creative ways.