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The Estelle Program improves academic and social outcomes using mindfulness, storytelling techniques, and self-advocacy skills to prepare girls ages 11-18 for improved social skills, mental health outcomes, educational outcomes, and overall well-being outcomes. The program targets girls vulnerable to becoming justice involved, foster care involved, homeless or inadequately housed, sex trafficked, early school drop-outs, or otherwise at increased risk for diminished health outcomes. However, all girls in our community are welcome.

The Estelle Program also offers services and training for those who support vulnerable girls. We provide mindfulness, storytelling, community engagement and advocacy training for foster parents, community members, health outreach workers, and others concerned with the well-being of our girls.

There are three main objectives:

  1. To prevent vulnerable girls from experiencing poor health outcomes associated with incarceration, early school dropout, foster care, truancy, and other social determinants related to poor health outcomes.

  2. To encourage positive relationships – create a sense of belonging and positive peer groups for girls vulnerable to risky behaviors that increase their chances of poor health outcomes such as justice involvement, early school dropout, violent behavior, or poor academic performance.

  3. To improve self-advocacy and skills pertinent to the prevention of poor health outcomes.