Building positive relationships between female students
One of the most common complaints Stride hears from schools, is around conflict within female student relationships, both primary and secondary. What we are seeing is that many girls go to school today, concerned about issues with their peers but aren’t aware of how to deal with them. MPower Girls empowers students to more effectively manage these relationships and to be better prepared for the everyday social challenges of school.
How MPower Girls works
MPower Girls focuses on changing the culture of how a class or whole year level of students interact with each other. Incorporating Narrative Therapy, the program gets female students to be more mindful of how they think, talk and act towards each other. The program explores the themes of being a good friend, the impact of body language on others and the effects of negative comments. Within this framework, students are given specific skills to effectively problem-solve peer issues, to be assertive in conflict situations, reduce stereotyping and be more mindful of how their actions affect their peers.
As a result, we find girls are able to forge more respectful relationships, manage conflict scenarios better, and build resilience within themselves.
Links to Australian Curriculum
Personal and Social Capability Learning Continuum
“Many of the girls are talking more openly and have appeared to become closer. Skills gained through the MPower Girls program include increased confidence, connectedness with other girls and staff as well as the ability to speak one’s own mind and be assertive in a positive way.”
Secondary School Teacher
“The Year 7 enrolments reflect a diverse primary background and many Year 7 students initially have few or no friends in the secondary school. The Peer Support Program provides the opportunity for them to make friends amongst their peers and with the older students.”
“Such worthwhile, well-based concepts. Content presented very clearly and professionally. The presenter was clearly experienced.”
“I like speaking and listening to people. It’s giving me more confidence.”
Year 10 Student
“Teachers have noted that the school community as a whole have benefited from the implementation of this program in that students have gained vital skills in the form of confidence, leadership and increased levels of self-esteem.”
“We are aware that this program has been directly responsible for potentially saving the lives of several young people.”
“Since commencing the program, teachers have not had to deal with as many problems or conflicts, as the peer mediators have actively and successfully utilised their mediation and leadership skills to resolve student conflicts”