For more than 12 years (began 2004), Dove have been helping young people with self-esteem education, reaching 17 million young people between the ages of 7 – 17 so far. In 112 countries. More than 625,000 teachers have delivered a Dove self-esteem workshop and more than 1.5 million parents have engaged with our online content.

No other organization is acting on this important issue on the same scale or with the same impact.

Dove’s self-esteem education is scientifically proven to significantly increase body confidence and self-esteem in young people.

They have a whole website dedicated to the self-esteem project with info for parents, for teachers and for youth leaders and mentors. And materials to download and use, such as, articles, action plans, conversation starters, activities, videos, and workshops.

Teaching resources


Teachers Guide

The sessions pictured below are aimed primarily at 11-14 year olds, but can also be used with older girls and boys if the teacher think it’s appropriate for students

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How to love yourself as much as you love your friends

Dove’s Action checklist from an article July 2013: 

Spend some time exploring the topic with your daughter: Watch the “Friends” video together, and then see if you can think of five things you like about one another and five things you each like about yourselves. Focus on both the inside and the outside: physicality, personality and character.

Talk to your friends about things other than appearance: Show your friends that you value their personalities and other characteristics by complimenting them on aspects other than their appearance.

Apply the “what would my best friend say?” test. Next time you’re being tough on yourself about how you look, remember the “Friends” video. What would your best friend say to you if she was there? Use the encouragement you know she’d give you to stop the self-criticism.


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