URSTRONG Blog

There’s lots of exciting things happening at URSTRONG! We love sharing our key milestones as we work towards our goal of bringing friendship skills to children from all corners of the world.

UN-FRIEND by MiNDFOOD Magazine

WORDS BY JANET STONE MiNDFOOD Magazine (January 2023) Out with the old and in with the new! A new year is a good time to start afresh, but should this…

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Friendship is…COMMUNITY!

Healthy friendships are the building blocks of healthy communities!  At URSTRONG, we look at social-emotional wellbeing through the lens of friendship. This month, we’re bringing all of our wellbeing themes…

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URSTRONG’s Exciting New Partnerships

November 2022: Over the past two years, URSTRONG has launched some very exciting large-scale partnerships that have allowed us to reach even more kids, parents, and teachers around the globe….

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Friend-o-Leaders are Leading the Way!

Many of our URSTRONG Schools have successfully launched a peer mentorship model, where older students support the younger students in their friendships at recess time. In fact, the term Friend-o-Leader…

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Victoria Government Invests in Mental Health & Wellbeing

URSTRONG is thrilled to be an approved evidence-based provider within the Victoria State Government’s Schools Mental Health Menu! November 2022: The Victorian government in Australia has invested $217.8 million over…

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Friendship is…KINDNESS!

At URSTRONG, we look at social-emotional wellbeing through the lens of friendship. This month, we’re shining the light on the importance of KINDNESS in friendships. Kindness counts! As Dana shared in…

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Podcast Interview: Friendship Fires with Dana Kerford

Growing up, were you taught friendship skills? Educators and parents today have become more aware of how important it is to teach children friendship skills. With the onslaught of social…

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Friendship is…HONESTY!

At URSTRONG, we look at social-emotional wellbeing through the lens of friendship. This month, we’re exploring the importance of HONESTY in friendships. Through our Friendology 101 curriculum, our URSTRONG Schools…

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Supporting a Child Through a Friendship Break-up

Friendship Fact #4 reminds children that: Friendships change…and that’s okay! But, the reality is, it doesn’t always feel okay at first. Sometimes, it feels painful and hard and we see…

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Friendship is…FORGIVENESS!

At URSTRONG, we look at social-emotional wellbeing through the lens of friendship. This month, we’re exploring the importance of FORGIVENESS in friendships. Our URSTRONG Schools will be highlighting the Friend-o-Cycle…

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QuickTip: Be Kind Online

Dana’s Top Tips for Keeping Friendships Healthy Online! Navigating friendships face-to-face is tricky enough, but the online world takes it to a whole different level. Misunderstandings and hurt feelings are…

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High-Conflict Friendships

Tips on Supporting Children in Fiery Friendships   One of our favourite tools for talking to kids about how they’re feeling in their friendships is The Friend-o-Meter. Although it’s normal…

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