INSPIRING GIRLS TO STAND STRONG FOR LIFE - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views

Maggie Purcell is helping girls to stand strong through her Highlighters program. Photo: Supplied.

Local teacher Maggie Purcell recently launched Highlighters – girls’ wellbeing workshops with the acclaimed Standing Strong® program to develop confidence, self-esteem and resilience.

“I’ve seen girls struggle with friendships, self-doubt, loneliness, anxiety, social pressures and stress. While some of these challenges are part of growing up, today’s kids face very different challenges than their parents and grandparents did,” said Maggie.

“Developing emotional awareness, self-regulation and interpersonal skills helps young people navigate the ups and downs of everyday life.”

That’s where the Standing Strong® program comes in. It’s life coaching for kids with fun and engaging classes where girls learn to build positive friendships, create healthy boundaries, communicate thoughts and feelings, improve their health and body image, reduce worry, manage stress, and develop mindfulness skills.

“By teaching these essential life skills, we provide a solid foundation to turn to when needed. These are transferable to school and social situations, many of which have changed drastically with increased digital interactions.

“While we can’t possibly shield our children from all these challenges, and nor should we, we can teach them proven techniques to believe in their own potential and ability to create positive change in their lives.”

Highlighters is hosting full day workshops in Manly West during the July school holidays and has places available for the Term 3 Program with weekly classes for Little Ones (ages 5-7), Juniors (8-10) and Tweens & Teens (11-16). For more information about Highlighters and Standing Strong programs visit

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