NOW MORE THAN EVER, Students need to hear that they have immeasurable value and possess the ability to make healthy choices out of respect for SELF and others.
Our solution is Teen Esteem. We are a non-profit organization serving students, parents, educators and the community via public and private school classroom presentations, school assemblies, parent education events & online resources and community workshops.
Our goal is to empower and educate kids and parents on the challenges young people face. We tackle the tough issues with students starting in elementary school with a powerful, relevant message designed to equip students to make healthy choices amidst immense, daily pressures.
We address the root of the problem, and focus on the issues that cause young people to turn to high risk behavior. One key factor in that is respect.
We have an accurate pulse on today's youth.
Our core message is that everyone deserves to be treated with respect, is unique and has value.
We educate and empower students to make informed, healthy choices and encourage them to embrace their unique gifts, talents and one-of-a-kind life path. We teach them that success in life is highly individualized and takes on many forms. We embolden behaviors and attitudes of resilience and persistence in young people.
Our ever-evolving curriculum leverages up-to-date facts, real-life stories and practical tools to address many challenges that are threatening the well-being of young people including:
academic pressure · social media · bullying · wise use of technology · relationships · sex · drugs · alcohol · prescription drug abuse.
Our parent education offering is another critical component in prevention, helping parents understand the world their children live in and how to best support their kids in and out of the home. Our parent education events help to reinforce the Teen Esteem message in the home long after our assembly is over.
Our experience has revealed the need for a greater number of touch points with kids and parents beginning at at earlier age. In response to these findings, in 2015-16 we piloted two age-appropriate assemblies targeting Grade School and Middle School students. We believe our Grade and Middle School assembly program is highly innovative. Through relationships with our education partners, parents in the community and community organizations we identified that students as young as grade school are experiencing the detrimental effects of social media and bullying. Historically, our programs have been targeted to High Schools, but upon recognizing that students are facing serious challenges at much younger ages we responded by creating and piloting our age-appropriate assembly curriculum last school year and look forward to expanding our reach into more grade schools and middle schools in 2016-17.