About Standing Strong
At Highlighters, we are proud supporters for the Standing Strong Program and license holders for the program for Manly West in Brisbane, Australia. Standing Strong is a unique program designed to educate, motivate and inspire young people to create lasting positive change in their lives. Our mission is to help girls develop self-worth and resilience.
Standing Strong provides evidence-based programs designed to educate, motivate, and inspire children to really live to their true potential.
Designed by an experienced and dedicated team of health and wellness professionals, Standing Strong takes a holistic and non-clinical approach to wellbeing.
The programs have been developed utilising three core components of Strong Body – Movement, Strong Mind – Mindset and Strong Heart – Mindfulness.
Children learn how to improve their confidence and self-esteem, build inner-strength and self-belief, grow friendships, improve their health and body-image, manage stress and gain the tools essential for living happy, healthy and inspired lives.
Our unique classes encourage children to develop the mindsets and skills known to prevent social and health issues including depression, anxiety, stress, disconnection and lack of motivation and drive.
Through the support and accessibility of our ongoing programs, we create a community of support, resources and connection for girls and their families. Our aim is to help parents and carers who have a desire to raise strong, confident and resilient children and teens.
With a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioural Studies, with major concentrations in Youth Issues, diploma in Holistic Counselling and qualifications in Health, Wellness, Training and Management, Kim Smith – Founder of Standing Strong, takes a holistic approach to helping children and parents navigate through the challenges and triumphs of growing up.
Kim knows what it takes to get through the tough times and has worked with hundreds of children, families, schools and community organisations.
She was awarded the Telstra Business Womens’ Award for Purpose & Social Enterprise WA in 2020 and has been endorsed by Oprah Winfrey for her work at Standing Strong. Kim is a regular contributor to Girlfriend and Dolly Magazines and has featured on The Today Show, Daily Telegraph, ABC Radio, The Western Times and more.
“My goal when creating Standing Strong was to provide a space were children and teens could go to explore the challenges they were facing without judgement, fear or comparison. I wanted to offer parents a place where their children and teens could go to share their thoughts and feelings, build positive relationships with peers and be motivated by inspiring mentors and role models.”
– Kim Smith
Each session or workshop is based around three core components to provide a holistic approach to health and well-being. These include Strong Body (Movement), Strong Mind (Mindset) and Strong Heart (Mindfulness).
Movement & Exercise
Mindset & Personal Growth
Standing Strong Values
Respect & Kindness
We actively promote and encourage respect and kindness in all we do. From our team members to our girls and families, respect and kindness is at the forefront of our programs, classes, services, resources and relationships.
Affordability & Accessibility
We are committed to providing affordable and accessible programs and services to families. We believe every person has the right to enjoy our services and we are committed to working closely with communities to make this happen.
Open-mindedness & Compassion
Open-mindedness and compassion are the keys to our service delivery and program development. Everything we do is based on positive relationship building. This is achieved through our commitment to being open minded and having compassion for others.
Integrity & Trust
We believe integrity and trust are essential when building lasting relationships. Our values of integrity and trust are shown through our openness, communication, connection and commitment to the people, communities and establishments we work with.
Connection & Belonging
Connection and belonging is at the heart of our services. We believe the answer to long term health and happiness is in building positive connections with others while also achieving and maintaining a strong sense of belonging.
Innovation & Prevention
We are committed to continually growing and improving our programs and services. We believe in thinking bigger and strive to be innovative and proactive in our approaches to teen health and wellbeing. We believe prevention is the secret to improving health and wellness outcomes for our future generations.