Gracefully Strong is a self-esteem program created to help develop a positive sense of self in girls ages 10-14. This group program used by schools, churches and other organizations is designed to show girls how inner strength and self-worth are nurtured through healthy physical and emotional choices.
Using hands-on activities and discussions across a 14-week series, self-esteem is broken down into simple forms so girls learn how it looks, sounds and feels. Girls create tools to help them navigate a challenging, yet critical, phase of social and emotional development.
Gracefully Strong was created by former school counselor Heather Stark after she started noticing how female students experienced self-doubt that impeded them socially and academically, often leading to unhealthy behaviors. This self-esteem curriculum is designed to empower girls with “brain tools” to help them safely navigate moments of doubt, difficulty with friendships, social-media influences and pop culture’s definitions of beauty. It has been used in schools since 2015, with results showing 80% of girls experience increased self-esteem and self-worth after completing the program.