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.

Why your kids don’t need to be friends with everybody!

Published October 2018 in the Sydney Morning Herald Written by Kasey Edwards “Be friends with everyone”. I don’t know how many times I’ve given my two daughters this advice. And…

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A Community Partnership in Maroondah, Victoria

Healthy, connected relationships create healthy, connected communities! The Maroondah Positive Education Network in partnership with the Eastland Shopping Centre and the Maroondah City Council are bringing URSTRONG’s Friendology program to…

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New Curriculum + New Website Launching Soon!

Friendology 101 will expand to 8 sessions per stage We’ve got a whole new website on the way with exciting new updates for our URSTRONG Schools! The new Friendology 101…

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URSTRONG and Be You Australia

URSTRONG is pleased to announce that Be You, a national initiative in Australia focused on Mental Health in Education, has accepted our Friendology 101 curriculum into their Be You Program’s…

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SnapChat’s Global Friendship Report 2020

We are pleased to announce that our Founder, Dana Kerford, has been featured in SnapChat’s Global Friendship Report for a second year in a row. As one of 17 experts…

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The Friendship Journal for Schools

Wellbeing Through the Lens of Friendship After years and years of requests, URSTRONG is pleased to announce the launch of The Friendship Journal. This annual planner for schools is designed…

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A Special Invitation from UNESCO

We are delighted to announce that our CEO, Michael Kerford, was invited to be a Member of the UNESCO MGIEP (Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development)…

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Celebrating the URSTRONG Classroom

31 classes, 4,000+ children, 25 countries On May 15, 2020 we ran our final public URSTRONG Classroom session. For two months, we ran (drum roll, please!) 31 URSTRONG Classroom lessons…

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Helping Kids Find Their Brave

Overview What does anxiety look like for children, tweens, & teens during a pandemic? In this interview, we tap into the brilliant mind of Karen Young, Anxiety Expert. Learn where…

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Keeping Kids Connected

URSTRONG launches a Virtual Classroom for Kids Around the Globe During this uneasy time, our primary goal is: Keeping Kids Connected. Research shows us that social connection is the most…

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URSTRONG Update: COVID-19

  To our URSTRONG Community,Like many of you, we’ve been closely monitoring the developing COVID-19 outbreak over the past month.  We’ve been working with a number of our URSTRONG Schools who…

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PODCAST: Dana Answers Common Questions from Kids

Overview What if someone is following me around? What do I do if a friend keeps stealing another friend away from me? What if someone is always rude to me…

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