URSTRONG workshops

The goal of URSTRONG workshops is to improve students' self-confidence and ability to create friendships and connections.

  • Tier: Tier 1: Positive Mental Health Promotion
  • Type of intervention: Bullying prevention
  • Strength of evidence: Level 3: Foundational and emerging evidence for program
  • Geographic location: Statewide

Program description

URSTRONG workshops aim to improve students' self-confidence and ability to form friendships and connections. The program provides student workshops as well as parent-child workshops. The Day of Friendship student workshops include:

  • Fuzzies and Friends for Prep to Grade 2
  • Heart of Friendship for Grades 3 and 4
  • Friendship Fires for Grades 5 and 6, and
  • Friendship Tips for Teens for Years 7 and 8.

Language of Friendship (parent-child) workshops provide participants with a common language for talking about friendships, connection and communication.

Intended outcomes

  • Increased self-confidence
  • Increased knowledge of what to do if students have a fight with a friend
  • Increased knowledge of what to do if someone is mean-on-purpose
  • An increased sense of control for students over what is happening in their social world
  • Increased self-awareness and sense of self-worth
  • Increased understanding that conflict is a normal part of a friendship
  • Increased understanding that it is not mean to stand up for oneself
  • Increased knowledge of the importance of body language in communicating
  • Increased knowledge of what to do if having hurt feelings
  • Increased understanding that a single incident of mean behaviour isn't bullying

Program details

Target audience
  • Primary school students - lower
  • Primary school students - upper
  • Secondary school students - lower
  • Capacity building for primary school staff
  • Capacity building for secondary school staff
Program providerURSTRONG
Delivery mode
  • Face-to-face
  • Online

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: Students in Years 1 to 8 and their teachers, parents and health and wellbeing staff.
  • Program adaptability: URSTRONG adapts workshop content based on the issues and needs of a school after consultation with the school admin or teachers. URSTRONG's core concepts are always covered in the same manner; however, case studies and role-playing activities are modified to better reflect students' experiences.
  • Staffing: Backfilling is not required as URSTRONG presenters deliver the workshops.
  • Training requirements: URSTRONG workshops' minimum requirements include a reliable internet connection and a projection device (e.g. whiteboard). In online workshops schools generally organise students in a group setting with presenter projected onto screen or interactive whiteboard or with students on individual devices with headphones. Face-to-face workshops are generally conducted in a classroom or auditorium based on the group size. Programs range from 45 to 90 minutes depending on the age group and format.
  • Factors to consider: URSTRONG requires a minimum of 50 participants per workshop to enhance its overall experience. Exceptions are made for schools with smaller student numbers.
  • Australian context: The program has been developed and applied in Australia.


Item cost


Detailed cost

The cost of URSTRONG workshops is as follows:

  • Fuzzies and Friends: $27.50 (face-to-face) or $22 (online) per participant (inc. GST)
  • Heart of Friendship: $33 (face-to-face) or $27.50 (online) per participant (inc. GST)
  • Friendship Fires: $33 (face-to-face) or $27.50 (online) per participant (inc. GST)
  • Friendship Tips for Teens: $33 (face-to-face) or $27.50 (online) per participant (inc. GST)
  • The Language of Friendship workshop costs: $3850 (face-to-face) or $2200 (online) (inc. GST).

Discounts are available for groups greater than 100.