has improved the social climate
in schools around the world
Our curriculum teaches children a common language for confidently managing conflict and creating a culture rooted in respect and kindness. This unique program empowers boys and girls with the skills and self-confidence to develop healthier relationships. Students learn what’s normal in a friendship, the difference between healthy and unhealthy friendships, and how to stand up for themselves.
In-School Workshops & Curriculum for Educators
Our skills-based program teaches girls and boys how to put a voice to their feelings, create healthy friendships, and build a solid foundation for future relationships. Along with learning what’s normal in a friendship and the difference between healthy and unhealthy friendships, students also learn and practice our proven step-by-step approach for putting out common Friendship Fires™ (conflict-resolution) and how to combat mean-on-purpose behavior like a ninja. We offer a full suite of workshops designed specifically for girls and boys in grades 1 to 6 including parent-child workshops, professional development for educators, plus our Friendology 101 in-school curriculum that has been adopted by schools around the world. We have worked with tens of thousands of tweens, parents, and educators and have an international team of Presenters.
Our dynamic, engaging workshops are guided by a digital slideshow with scenarios and examples that tap into the unique issues kids are facing today in their friendships, connecting to them on a personal-level. All workshops include a URSTRONG folder with handouts, pencils, and stickers. Workshops are designed as assembly-style (minimum of 25 participants) to enhance the experience for the students and amplify the impact.
Please note: Workshops are co-gendered so that boys and girls are learning together. We can also teach our program in a girls-only environment (GirlPower) or boys-only environment (GoodGuys).
Language of Friendship Junior
Duration: 90 minutes
Grades: 1 & 2 + Parents
$25 per person (e.g. $50 for 1 parent + 1 child)
Through fun role-play with teddy bears, children learn the basics of friendship including the 4 Friendship Facts, qualities of a GREAT friend, and how to use the Friend-o-meter to understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy friendships. We also practice, step-by-step, how to put out Friendship Fires™ by putting a voice to our feelings. Parents learn the URSTRONG lingo, get involved in role-play activities, and come away with strategies to support their children through hurt feelings with friends.
Language of Friendship
Duration: 2 hours
Grades: 3 to 6 + Parents
$30 per person (e.g. $60 for 1 parent + 1 child)
Through interactive parent-child activities, parents learn strategies to help their child put out Friendship Fires™, how to put a voice to their feelings, and the best ways to support their child through unhealthy friendships. This workshop gives parents and kids a common “language” for talking about friendship and relationships, helping them connect and open up those lines of communication.
Fuzzies & Friends
Duration: 1 hour
Grades: 1 & 2
$25 per student
Through fun role-play with their favorite fuzzy friend (stuffy) from home, children learn the basics of friendship including the 4 Friendship Facts, qualities of a GREAT Friend, and how to use the Friend-o-meter to understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy friendships. We also practice, step-by-step, how to put out Friendship Fires™ by putting a voice to our feelings.
Heart of Friendship
Duration: 2 hours
Grades: 3 & 4
$35 per student
With the help of their favorite toy character (stuffy, doll, action hero) from home, children learn the Friendship Facts, qualities of a GREAT friend, and how to use the Friend-o-meter to assess healthy versus unhealthy friendships. We also discuss the importance of standing up for yourself, how to put out those common Friendship Fires™, and how to deal with mean-on-purpose behavior like ninja.
Duration: 2 hours
Grades: 5 & 6
$35 per student
In this workshop, students learn what’s normal in a friendship, the importance of trust & respect, and how to use the Friend- o-meter to assess healthy versus unhealthy friendships. They learn the importance of standing up for themselves, how to put out those common Friendship Fires™, and how to deal with mean-on-purpose behavior like ninja. We also discuss their digital world and some tips for keeping friendships healthy online.
Parent & Educator Information Session
Duration: 75 minute presentation
$25 per person
Designed for educators and/or parents supporting children from grades 1 to 6, this presentation gives insight into childhood and tweenhood friendships, relational aggression, and how to support children through conflict. Educators and/or parents learn language and strategies to help children create and maintain healthy relationships. The fundamental principles of URSTRONG’s programming is explored along with the behind-the-scenes rationale and research behind our strengths-based approach.
URSTRONG helps to create a climate within friendships that exudes trust, respect, and honesty.
Kids learn to balance integrity and empathy within their friendships, while remembering to always celebrate their uniqueness and surround themselves with people who make them feel good.
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