7/88 Boundary Street, West End, Q 4101
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My Friends Youth Program

Skills and practical knowledge of how to navigate High School pressures

About the My Friends Youth program

My FRIENDS Youth is a group-based development program that teaches skills and practical knowledge of how to navigate High School pressures. Adolescence is a time of change and offers many new challenges such as higher study loads, peer pressure, friendship difficulties as well as physical development. This can be a stressful and difficult time for many adolescents but the My FRIENDS Youth Program arms its participants with positive coping skills and resilience to help get through these situations and more easily transition into young adulthood.

Skills taught in My Friends Youth include:

  • Understanding our body signals for different emotions and how we can use relaxation and mindfulness strategies to calm down our bodies and our minds
  • Reframing our thinking into more helpful thought patterns
  • Understanding friendships, peer pressure and bullying and how we can cope with difficult peer situations
  • Learning different methods to tackle challenges through problem solving
  • Learning about what confidence means and how we can increase our confidence and build a more positive self image
  • Understanding different styles of communication and conflict resolution



July Holiday Program Monday 3rd – Friday 7th 
Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm

Program Costs:

The cost of the program per child is $990, and $200 for parents participating in Friends Parenting Support Sessions. To secure your child’s spot in the program, a $200 deposit is required.
My Friends Youth

How does this program help?

The My FRIENDS Youth Program helps early-teens deal with these stressful situations by normalising the state of anxiety and teaching participants to regulate and self soothe their emotions. It also arms them with problem solving strategies and self confidence making it easier for them to face challenges and tasks in all aspects of their lives. It has been proven by research that these programs will decrease anxiety and depression.

My FRIENDS Youth is also able to help early teens resist peer pressure and become positive people which is crucial for their development at this volatile time in their lives The program helps them build positive relationships with others through confidence, self esteem and positive communication using eye contact and brave body language and speaking voice.

Developed by Dr Paula Barrett, the My FRIENDS Youth Program is based on years of research and has been deployed world wide to help countless individuals. Like all our programs, the My FRIENDS Youth Program is divided into 5 sessions of 2 hours per session and can be administered by trained and certified facilitators. To help participants remember the friends skills and to provide structure to the program My FRIENDS Youth uses the following acronym:

  • Feelings (try to be aware of feelings and regulate negative feelings)
  • Relax (do “relaxation” breathing, meditation and have some quiet time)
  • I try to think helpful (positive thinking)
  • Explore solutions (step plans and problem solving techniques)
  • Now Reward Yourself (quality time together doing fun activities)
  • Don’t forget – be brave! (practice skills everyday with friends /family)
  • Stay happy and talk to support networks


Looking for more information?

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