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Esteem for KidStar

Giving children esteem is a very thankful act because it boosts their self-confidence and opens them up to their talents.  KidStar is one of numerous programs that gives children esteem and helps them to find their unique talents.

KidStar is a federally certified non-profit program giving children the opportunity to run their own radio stations within their schools.

Already over 3,000 students have participated in this program.  Since the stations are web-based they can broadcast not only in the school area but around the country and even around the globe.

It’s a great opportunity for 5th and 6th graders to discover how a real radio station might work and to discover their own creativity and talent.

KidStar is a great program giving esteem toward children.


Esteem for agricultural education

Being able to cultivate your own fruits and vegetables is a big step toward developing esteem for gardening and nature.  The Dom Fragoso Family Farm School (EFA), located in the rural part of northeastern Brazil, offers agricultural courses for students from nearby communities.

Students alternate two weeks at the farm school with two weeks at home where they put into practice what they’ve learned.

Schools like this deserve esteem for educating young people in agricultural knowledge.   The students learn to respect nature, to accept the knowledge of experienced farmers and to raise their self-esteem with every positive experience.

Agricultural education in general deserves esteem because it creates esteem for farmers and their work.  Educating the youth in ecological agricultural techniques helps them to develop esteem toward nature as well as toward new techniques.

It’s a classical win-win-situation created through mutual esteem

Esteem for the youth

Young people are an important part of our society and should be given the opportunity to take on responsibility.  In order to be able to take responsibility for their actions young people need to get esteem.

We can give esteem ourselves toward young people by encouraging them to do good and by being an esteemful example.

Another way to give esteem toward youth can be found in the Global Youth Leadership Institute.  Their mission is to inspire socially responsible young people to develop their leadership abilities for communities through empathy and service for others.  Dynamic programs are offered for students and teachers on the topics of global pluralism and diversity, native American traditions, environmental awareness, school community partnerships, and the inner calls of teaching and learning.

One of their events takes place in New Mexico from July 15-20, 2009.  Students entering 11th grade can learn to develop a personal leadership vision through the guidance of a native elder.  A primary goal is discovering the self-sufficiency of a life close to nature.

Events like these give young people the feeling of being precious – an important impact esteem can create.  As a response these young persons will be able to give esteem toward the people they meet throughout their life.


Esteem for inspiring people

Bob Sorensen, biology teacher at Capital High School in Santa Fe NM showed how one person can make a difference.

Over the past three years Sorensen has been a driving force behind the school’s health-careers program by establishing relationships between the community college, the University of New Mexico’s medical school and the medical center.

The program started in 2006 with 17 students who wanted to shadow someone in the medical profession.

Thanks to his activity the health-careers class counts today 60 students and more than 200 students wish to join in the next year.

Sorensen’s dedication and enthusiasm were coupled with conviction.  At the same time he showed esteem toward his students who were willing to work hard and to learn.

Last week he got esteem by being awarded as “A Teacher Who Inspires”.

He said modestly: “I really don’t deserve this. It’s not me, it’s not. It’s you guys, the students.”


Self-esteem and school bullying

School bullying is a wide-spread phenomenon.  Nearly every child who goes to school has had either a first or second-hand experience with bullying.

Because it’s believed that people with a high self-esteem don’t depend on outer judgments people might mistakenly think that kids who bully possess a high self-esteem.


When we take a closer look at bullies we realize that these students don’t have a high self-esteem at all.  On the contrary, their self-esteem is so low that they have to prove their power over and over again by bullying others.

Kids with high self-esteem don’t need to prove it to themselves and the world over and over again.  They’re just balanced and calm.

The most convincing sign for a high self-esteem is genuine interest in others in a friendly and supportive way.


Cooking as path to a better life

Probation youths can mark their time behind a concrete wall topped with barbed wire  – or for the lucky few they can learn a new skill by taking culinary classes. At Camp Gonzalez in Calabasas, CA probationers can learn culinary arts supervised by their prison guards.

Teenage boys who formerly couldn’t distinguish between a ladle and a serving spoon now prepare gourmet recipes like bacon-wrapped dates and chocolate mousse.  For these young men, there is no longer a resolute opinion that cooking is “just for girls”.

Alexis Higgins, a chef at Los Angeles Mission College has taught 50 probationers that cooking skills offers a path to a better life.  One of her former students was even accepted at the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena.

This is an admirable program to give esteem toward these teenage boys while they grow their self-esteem through successful cooking.


Esteem for school bus drivers

A school bus driver is an important person in the lives of many families.

The safety of our children is in their hands.  We expect them to be punctual and reliable.  Often we just “meet” them when there’s a problem with the school bus service.

School bus drivers are required to put a lot of energy into driver training skills.  Their duties require them to be patient and kind toward students and parents, even when their own patience is tested.  They perform their service for countless accident-free miles, year after year.

Amador County in California dedicated April 28 as School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day.

We all can give esteem daily toward the school bus drivers in our life by acknowledging their reliable service with a friendly word or thank-you.


Esteem creates a chain reaction of kindness

Everybody who is used to living with esteem knows the consequences of esteem.

One result of giving esteem is our own feeling of knowing that we did or said something positive toward another person.

On the other hand we create good feelings in the person receiving esteem.

Finally esteem creates a chain reaction of kindness by encouraging people who got esteem to do the same.

The students at the Maine-Endwell High School in Binghamton, N.Y. made this important life experience when they instituted the “Random Acts of Kindness Program”.

By giving esteem and an act of kindness, one person can start a chain reaction of kindness and esteem.

The students even get public esteem back by being recognized for their random act of kindness.  What a great way to learn to integrate esteem in their lives.

Trout in the classroom: esteem for nature

For city students sometimes it may be difficult to come into contact with nature.  Contact is the first step toward esteem and respect for nature.

Third-graders at Linwood E. Howe Elementary in Culver City, CA had the unique opportunity to make a step toward nature thanks to a few slippery friends.

Trout in the Classroom is a nationwide program to bring information about trout into city classrooms.  The trout program lasts three months, with students recording a variety of behavior information before they release the fish back into the streams.

Learning esteem toward nature is basic learning for life.  When students know more about nature they learn about responsibility, respect and the connectedness of human beings with nature.

Growing Esteem Strategy

To be able to make a difference in life, esteem is an important factor for success.

The University of Melbourne in Australia adopted the Growing Esteem Strategy in 2005 in order to enable students and teachers to make a difference.

The Growing Esteem Strategy embraces cross-disciplinary research initiatives demonstrating mutual esteem toward different disciplines.  Esteem is also the basis for all knowledge transfer activities from teacher to student and from student to career.

Giving esteem toward the university and toward society creates esteem for the university from outside.  They consider their worldwide ranking of number 19 in a survey by the London Times as a sign of esteem.