Self Esteem Programs for Teens
Questions to Ask

If you are looking for self esteem programs, having your teenager participate in a summer program can impact their behavior and self esteem in a positive way and can be a positive life changing event.

There are numerous programs within your community, as well as state national, and international organizations. Parents and teens need to explore together which program best suit the needs and interests of the teen and family.

How to find self esteem programs

  • Seek out teachers, counselors and parents who have experience with a particular program.

  • Check out local and community organizations that offer summer programs. This includes; activities and opportunities at your teen’s school, local art gallery or museum, library, church youth groups, 4-H clubs, YMCA, or community parks and recreation.

  • Ask your School Counselor about summer programs offered through local colleges and universities. Request information on community service projects for teens through local hospitals, nursing homes, and colleges.

  • There are numerous summer camps that range from the traditional to the Alternative. Camp experiences are based around themes and social issues, as well as a variety of events and activities.

    See our list of self esteem programs and camps for troubled teens.

    Before enrolling their teen in a summer program parents should to talk to the program director and find out:

    • What is the philosophy of the program- does it fit your teen’s needs?

    • What is the staff to youth ratio?

    • What are the specific life skills that you will be teaching my teen?

    • What does a typical day look like?

    • How does this program develop my teen’s strengths?

    • How will this program prepare my teen to make good decisions for himself?

    • How will his program increase my teen’s self esteem?

    • Tell me what the staff does to connect with teens in the program?

    • How much structure and accountability does the program have?

    • How does the program develop leadership and independence?

    • What kind of financial aid does the program offer?

    • Is the environment safe and stimulating?

    • Tell me about the staffs’ experiences and skills?

      Whenever possible visit the program before enrolling-You should feel safe and secure. Be certain that the program is well matched to your teen’s needs, interests, and abilities.

      More information about Parents and Troubled Teens..