Our self-esteem-building program for teens is designed to empower them through interactive activities, promoting positive self-perception, self-talk, and building insight. We take a whole child approach, understanding that worry and pressure can impact healthy decision-making. Our program encourages teens to embrace their authentic selves and develop a strong sense of self-worth. Whether it's through group activities or individual reflection, we strive to give teens the tools to navigate challenging situations and flourish into confident adults.
Key Elements of Self-Esteem
Identity is a complex and subjective concept that defines who we are. It encompasses our sense of self, which is influenced by our experiences, perspectives, and interactions with others. Our identity is composed of various facets such as our personality, beliefs, values, culture, and social roles. It's important to understand that our identity can be fluid and may change over time as we grow and develop new experiences and perspectives. Ultimately, our identity is unique to us and shapes how we perceive ourselves and interact with the world around us.
Sense of belonging refers to a fundamental human need to feel connected to others, which can boost motivation and lead to participation in social activities. Acceptance from others can further reinforce feelings of belongingness and motivation. Human behavior is also influenced by the hierarchy of needs, with basic needs such as food and shelter taking precedence over higher needs like social activities. Attention and positive feedback can also play a role in motivating individuals to engage in social activities and strengthen their sense of belonging.
Feeling safe and secure is crucial for promoting prosocial behaviors and empathy among individuals. Meeting basic needs, both internal and external, is fundamental for fostering a sense of well-being and awareness. By promoting safety and security in our communities and individual lives, we can encourage proactivity towards helping others, which in turn creates a ripple effect of positive change. A focus on safety and security enhances not just the psychological well-being of individuals, but also their physical health and sense of connection to others.
What is Self-Esteem?
Self-esteem is an individual's subjective perception of their own worth and value. It relates to a person's belief in their abilities, competence, and deservingness of happiness and success. Self-esteem can be influenced by factors such as childhood experiences, social support, and personal achievements. A healthy level of self-esteem is associated with greater happiness, motivation, and resilience in the face of challenges. Individuals with high self-esteem feel confident and competent in their abilities and are more likely to pursue their goals. They are also less likely to be affected by criticism or rejection, as they have a positive sense of self-worth. On the other hand, low self-esteem can lead to negative thoughts, feelings of worthlessness, and difficulty coping with stress and setbacks. Building and maintaining healthy self-esteem is crucial for personal growth and well-being.
Coaching through Self-Esteem Circles
Our Self-Esteem Circles promote healthy self-esteem through interactive activities that encourage self-reflection, mindfulness, and positive self-talk. Participants focus on identifying and embracing their positive attributes and coping strategies for managing mistakes and judgment. They also explore their dreams, beliefs, and individual passions, learning how to overcome peer pressure whilst practicing gratitude and acknowledging the power of their thoughts. The program empowers participants to recognize the possibilities within themselves, promoting personal growth and a strong sense of self-worth.
Our program is focused on group connection and uses an evidence-based approach to meet the individual needs of teens and adolescents. It takes a targeted and strengths-based approach, identifying positive qualities and striving for a whole child development. Our thoughtfully designed program is tailored to meeting the unique needs of each participant, encouraging resilience, and social-emotional skills development.
Examples of learning modules within the self-esteem circle approach:
Identifying your positive character strengths
Understanding and sharing your unique story
The impact of positive and negative self-talk
Mistakes as opportunities to learn, grow, and do better next time
Who you are now and who you want to become in the future
Normalizing not knowing your authentic self or what you really want
Discovering your dreams, passions, and beliefs
The power of perspective, attitude, and gratitude
Positive decision-making and how to get there
Setting goals and making a plan to achieve them
Thoughts matter and so do you