Our work

We fight to achieve equality for all girls and young women.

Our girl-driven, gender-transformative approaches help girls, children and young people — in all their diversity — achieve equal rights and equal opportunity to exercise those rights.

Our program areas reflect the priorities and needs of girls across their life cycle, leveraging cross-sector expertise within our organization. We center our work around five key impact areas: Gender & Youth Equality, Education, Maternal & Child Health, Skills & Work and Humanitarian Response.

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The GirlEngage approach

GirlEngage is Plan USA’s new approach to development that’s letting girls create the change they want and need in their lives. It is a strategy focused on adolescent girls ages 10-18 that makes it possible for the girls themselves to drive our programs — from designing projects, to leading activities, to measuring success.

Girls know the changes they need in their lives, and it’s up to us to listen and work with them, and for them, to make that change happen.

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Our impact


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Maternal & Child Health

Too many girls and young women lack access to quality healthcare, particularly sexual and reproductive health care. Plan is committed to health equity, promoting healthy behaviors and environments, and enabling strong health care systems so that girls and their communities can thrive.
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Gender & Youth Equality

Plan works to remove harmful barriers like child marriage and human trafficking. We stand up for youth rights and ensure girls stay protected and can take charge of their futures.
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Skills & Work

Girls and young women have big goals for their futures, but often, they don’t have the resources, networks, agency and access to pursue them. Plan provides girls and young women with programming that prepares them for professional careers of their choosing.
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Humanitarian Response

Girls in conflict are some of the most vulnerable. We work with girls and other community members — before, during and after emergencies — supporting them to secure protection, pursue their rights and achieve resilience.
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Around 129 million girls around the world are out of school. Plan provides equal access to quality, uninterrupted education, so that girls can grow into their full potential.
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How we’re letting girls lead the way

Girls are the experts in knowing how their lives are affected by inequality. We are the experts in facilitating the change they need. Together, fueled by our supporters like you, we make a powerful team, delivering life-changing, transformational programs for girls and young people.

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Our partnerships form a global network that’s fighting for girls

We work with corporations and foundations to develop customized partnerships that support Plan’s initiatives for girls worldwide.

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We advocate for girls’ rights

Working with you, we raise awareness around gender inequalities that prevent girls from achieving their true potential. We advocate for increased representation of girls and youth. And, we celebrate impactful moments for girls’ rights.

Because gender equality is a fight we must take on together — girls, boys, women, men — all of us, in all our diversity and gender identities.

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Every girl’s potential is hers to discover, and her life is hers to live.

It’s up to us to clear the path and let her take her next step.

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Through sponsorship I can see the strength I have

I consider myself a very strong girl and now I can see the strength I have inside me. I just have to keep moving forward to get what I want. — Layza, Brazil

Child sponsors make it possible for us to do our work

Over 80 years of experience have taught us that helping families and communities become self-sufficient is the best way to secure children’s futures. Child sponsors help to improve the entire support network surrounding sponsored children, and sustain Plan’s work in fighting for girls’ rights.

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Plan International USA

Your contribution is tax deductible.

Your gift to Plan International USA will be used where needed most, to help create sustainable change and address the root causes of poverty and inequality. Donations can support programs, innovation, and infrastructure required to deliver our programs to girls and children worldwide, in areas such as protection, education, health, sanitation, disaster relief and economic empowerment.