See how schools and youth organizations like you are successfully using GAPRA programs and products to guide girls and boys through painful friendships. Read how they are showing their youth to use their personal power in ways that feel empowering and are drama-free.
What I love about this program is that it’s issue oriented (name calling, rumors, silent treatment, etc.). When you’re a struggling with friendships, here’s a recipe. You’re giving them options. That in itself is empowering.
The program was clearly well thought out!
Bestselling author of Middle School Confidential
GAPRA‘s presentation at the MAESP conference is the best bullying program I’ve attended. It focuses on helping the target, not stopping the bully.
Darci McFail, Principal
Otterville Elementary School
GAPRA‘s training for Menomonie School District staff was great! We learned some key principles, such as the fact that focusing on the consequences alone doesn’t fix the underlying problem. I appreciated the philosophy that our thinking creates reality.
The most valuable takeaways were the strategies for dealing with emotional bullying. They have a wide range of strategies that work district-wide, for kindergarten through high school. The training was a great reminder that we can’t fix their problems for them.
Thank you for your guidance!
Lori Smith, Principal
Oaklawn Elementary School
The Parent Seminar provided hope and action tools for our parent community. The resources and reassurance you shared let adults in our community know that jumping in the middle of the bullying issue isn’t the answer.
We love how you used several modalities — role playing, Q&A, concrete examples, hands-on resources, and more. The most important thing we learned is that it’s about positive empowerment.
Community leaders and parents were very positive and asked for another workshop for bystanders. They want to invite parents and teachers to spread this information throughout the school district.
Susie Weinacht, President
Cedar Rapids City PTA Council
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Sitting in the principal’s chair, it’s easy to become reactionary. You do what you believe is right with giving consequences, but often, I’ve not enabled the students to act on their own and learn from experience. The GAPRA workshop for 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade girls empowered the girls to work through exclusion, gossip, name calling, secret sharing and teasing on their own.
In addition, when you facilitated our 6th grade Friendship Mentoring Training, they learned how to deal with relational aggression independently, plus they received great tips to become friendship mentors to younger girls.
These workshops position our students to focus on academics rather than social issues. Thank you!
Chad Blanchard, Principal
Nishna Valley Community School District
We LOVE GAPRA‘s When Girls Hurt Girls® program at our school! This program has always been the missing piece we’ve never had (and always needed)!
The behaviors in this program are more succinctly defined than I’ve ever seen, and the materials are so easy to use.
This program is enabling me to make a real difference in how my students interact with each other.
Andrea Bowen, School Counselor
Rumford Elementary School
Following your presentation at the Indiana Non-Public Education Association conference, we heard a lot of positive comments. Your topic, relational aggression, was very popular, and those who attended said it was really, really good. We appreciate you sharing your knowledge with our members and hope you can join us again at a future conference or event.
John Elcesser, Executive Director
Indiana Non-Public Education Association
I really enjoyed having you ladies come to Corydon! I learned a lot and received many positive comments from staff members and parents. People were very appreciative of the service you provided to our district. Some would like it to happen every year!
One junior high teacher teaches a class called “Adolescent Skills” and asked right away to see the When Girls Hurt Girls ® curriculum. It fits right in with units she is already doing, so she was really excited to have the materials!
I continue to use the skills I learned almost daily with students and adults! These are daily living skills that all people need!
Kim Arnold, School Counselor
Wayne Elementary and Jr./Sr. High School
Wayne Community Schools
Blair and Jane,
I very much enjoyed your class. I have attended many seminars, workshops, clinics, and websites about this topic. I came away from your class with more ideas to use than any other time!
Thank you so much for the “down to earth” ideas and for tying in literacy, which is a focus in our district.
Sue Bradshaw, NCC, School Counselor
Messalonskee Middle School
The district-wide staff training gave us excellent guidance on successfully handling relational aggression situations. We learned how to help girls handle situations where they’re being harassed by other girls. Plus, you’ve given us the opportunity to teach girls that they “own” their feelings. That’s huge!
I really liked the role playing where you showed us how to effectively address angry parents in a caring, yet strong manner. We saw great examples of how to treat difficult parents respectfully. It’s exactly what we want our staff to do.
Your training was low key and very practical. It was exactly what we needed!
Carol Montz, Superintendent
Williamsburg Community Schools
We LOVED the Parent Seminar at our school! It was so interactive, and the role playing was great. It gave our parents the opportunity to stand up and practice saying out loud the words they learned.
I think it really showed everyone that a lot of parents are in the same boat. It was a great way for parents to recognize they’re not alone.
Our parents really appreciated the opportunity to get help with their personal situations they’ve had to deal with alone. . There were lots of “oh, yeah’s” all the way through the seminar.
The handouts were very helpful – They gave a takeaway that parents could use to follow along and take notes – and to use later at home.
The Parent Seminar is EXCELLENT! I highly recommend it!
Darcy Dalton, PTO President
Are YOU an educator or group/team leader of youth wanting to help your girls and boys through hurtful friendships? We’ll show you how to offer the specific kind of support children and adolescents need to get through this tough time… simply, powerfully and authentically … with GAPRA. Click here now to get started…