Starburst

About the program

Starburst is a comprehensive resiliency-based program for junior high girls starting in grade seven through to grade nine.

In a preventative fashion, the program assists adolescent girls in building real-life solutions and coping strategies through education and information on real-life problem areas. This helps girls with their gender formation and positive relationship building by providing mentorship with positive female role models and a safe community of female peers, as well as promoting healthy life-skills and citizenship through educational, recreational, and leadership opportunities.

Starburst provides individual support to nurture and reinforce a positive identity and self-image, encourages healthy choices, and teaches coping strategies and constructive decision-making. The program aims to help adolescent girls develop into strong confident young women who can change and shape their life trajectories.

Starburst is a school-based resiliency program for junior high girls that supports adolescent development and empowers girls.

What participants learn
  • Self awareness, including personal identity, self image and respect, self confidence, personal boundaries, and self concept
  • How to build healthy relationships with family members, peers, professional adults in their school, and members of the community,
  • Positive social skills, a sense of belonging, and inclusion
  • Decision making by learning to be aware of issues related to healthy lifestyles and risk
  • Engagement as a leader in their family, school, and community
  • Responsibility and ways to develop a sense of ownership of their school work and attendance
Participation

Starburst is offered in designated Calgary Board of Education schools in the city.

Participants must agree to a three-year commitment from the beginning of grade seven to the end of grade nine. Written authorization from a parent or guardian must be obtained for each student.