Diverse group of 5th grade girls having fun in school

The nonprofit PowerUp Girls for Life program provides

Essential skills for mental health, equality, safety, good relationships and academic success in a fun, active learning experience!

  • Educational series for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders

  • Teaches practical tools for self-esteem, confidence, positive body image, wise social media use, bullying defense, coping with stress, conflict solving, and much more!

  • Fun activities enhance learning

  • Previously piloted under the name PowerUp for Middle School

Want to bring life-changing empowerment programs to girls in your youth organization or school? Our grant funding allows us to offer free programs to host partners in after-school and summer programs throughout Weld County, Colorado.

host partner programs 2019

June 2019 College for Kids Programs

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Scott Elementary School, Greeley, CO, Kim Perales, spring 2019

At multiple Weld County Clubhouses in fall of 2019

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Starts April 1, 2019, coordinator Nico Ruscitti, 970-350-9576 Nico.Ruscitti@greeleygov.com


Monfort Elementary School, Greeley, CO, in 2020

PowerUp Girls for Life Curriculum

Provides skills and practical tools to defeat today's common threats to well-being and success such as:

  • stress, anger, anxiety, depression, self-harm

  • low self-esteem, negative body image

  • bullying, cyberbullying

  • social media

  • substance use

  • sexting

  • relationship conflicts, friendship problems, drama

  • dangerous situations

  • and sexual pressure and harassment

while giving girls foundations for equality and academic achievement in a welcoming, fun experience!

Para leer sobre el programa en español, haga clic aquí


Active learning 30-minute sessions:

  • 5-minute screen presentation

  • 15-to 20-minute fun learning activity

  • discuss what was learned.

Sessions can be combined to fit timeframes desired by host partners. When hosted by the Youth Empowerment Group, the program is presented on 4 Saturday afternoons.

PowerUp Self-Esteem and Body Image

Welcome, orientation

Inside-out Mixer

Session 1: Self-Esteem and How to Build It

Activity 1: Positive affirmations sheet completion and sharing

Session 2: Why Self-Esteem Isn’t Entitlement

Activity 2: Is this self-esteem or entitlement? game

Session 3: Things that Break Down Self-Esteem

Activity 3: Self-esteem builders and breakers relay race

Session 4: How to Form Positive Body Images During Puberty

Activity 4: Help! Give your leader advice to improve her unhealthy body image she describes

Session 5: Have Healthy Views of Being Female and Reject Being Sexualized (Valued Based on Looks and Sexiness)

Activity 5: Reject sexualized female images: picture sorting exercise and brainstorm

Program includes:

PowerUp T-shirts

Activities, games

PowerUp Card Toolboxes that summarize skills learned

Take-home materials for continued motivation and learning

Designed to help girls feel

 P repared
 O ptimistic
 W orthy
 E mpathic &
 R esilient
 U nder
 P ressure

they'll face during puberty and life

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Session 6: What Sexism Is and How It Harms Us

Session Bundle Wrap-up: How self-esteem and positive body images help us, questions and answers, home activities

PowerUp Coping with Emotions and Stress, & Solving Problems

Session 1: Brain Development Basics

Activity 1: Telephone game: brain development facts

Session 2: Feelings, Actions, and Thoughts Are Linked: Check Your Thoughts!

Activity 2-A: Emotion charades

Activity 2-B: Guess what she’s thinking game

Session 3: Depression, Anxiety, and Why Self-Harm Happens

Activity 3: Anxiety busting exercises

Session 4: PowerUp Your Coping Skills for Stress

Activity 4: The “Let it Go” game

Session 5: How Media and Substances Affect Coping

Activity 5: Name the media or substance race

Session 6: When and How to Get Help for Yourself or Others

Session 7: PowerUp Decision Making and Problem Solving

Activity 7: Try the 7 steps on sample decisions to make and problems to solve such as peer pressure

PowerUp Healthy Relationships, Conflict Solving, and Social Media Management

Session 1: Signs of Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships

Activity 1: Train wreck mixer game

Session 2: Basics of Being a Good Friend

Activity 2: Good and bad listening game

Session 3: Friendship Making Skills

Activity 3: Chitchat exercise

Session 4: Dating Myths and Reasons to Delay

Activity 4: Reasons to delay dating and sex relay race

Session 5: PowerUp Your Conflict Resolving Skills

Activity 5: Conflict resolving exercise

Session 6: Social Media and Drama Management

Activity 6: Group brainstorm: healthy ways to think about and react to sample social media and friendship drama situations

Session 7: What Bullying Is and Isn’t

Activity 7: Is this bullying or not? game

PowerUp Bully Defense, Equality, Safety, and School Success

Session 1: Stopping Bullies when They Mess with You

Activity 1: PowerUp your bully deflection actions

Session 2: PowerUp Your Bully Bystander Actions

Activity 2: Practice bully bystander actions

Session 3: Boundaries of Safe Touch

Activity 3: Safe touch relay race

Session 4: PowerUp Protection Against Sexting

Activity 4: Group quiz at end of presentation

Session 5: PowerUp Sexual Harassment and Sexism Defense

Activity 5-A: Large group racing game: is this sexism, sexual harassment, or neither?

Activity 5-B: Practice your 5-finger stop sign defense against sexism and sexual harassment

Session 6: PowerUp Your Growth Mindset for School Success

Activity 6-A: Fixed and growth mindset card sorting game

Activity 6-B: What can I say instead exercise

Session 7: PowerUp Your Brain for Learning and Academic Success

Activity 7: Name the tools for learning spoon race

Session 8: PowerUp Your Brain with Healthy Food and Habits

Activity 8: Plan your healthy brain snacks

PowerUp Girls for Life Program Wrap-Up: parents are invited for wrap-up video and presentation of PowerUp Card Toolboxes to girls

Notes to parents and guardians about discussions involving sexual topics:

  • Sexual activity is defined in simple terms as the touching or sharing of private body areas between two people with permission. Types of sexual activity and birth control are not covered in this curriculum.

Past powerup girls for life PROGRAMS


Scott Elementary School, Greeley, CO


Greeley Recreation’s Rodarte Community Center


5th grade programs, Greeley Family FunPlex and Windsor’s Bethel Lutheran Church

JUNE, 2019

Aims Community College’s College for Kids program, Greeley, CO

PAST powerup for middle school EVENTS


6th grade program, Greeley Recreation Center


5th grade program, Windsor Community Recreation Center 

Thank you to all who participated in these fun, highly-rated programs piloted under the name PowerUp for Middle School. These led us to incorporate as the nonprofit Youth Empowerment Group and expand our program under its new name, PowerUp Girls for Life.

Please contact us if interested in being a program sponsor or host partner to empower girls in your community with our program!