Gloria Manchester, STARR Teen Esteem Leadership Experience

Countless young women struggle with issues of self-worth, leading to devastating outcomes. Research indicates that low self-esteem is one of the best predictors of future emotional and behavioral problems and 75% of girls with low self-esteem report engaging in negative and potentially harmful activities, such as disordered eating, acting out, bullying, smoking, or drinking.

Gloria Manchester, co-founder and President of CARTE, and President of Leadership Education Action Programs (LEAP), has more than 30 years of experience in personal development, and is dedicated to interrupting the cycle of child abuse and empowering teenage girls and women to lead enriched and fulfilling lives. In 1991, Gloria partnered with Rosalie Gibbons, a license Marriage and Family Therapist, in developing STARR, an experiential curriculum that accelerates the healing process, giving at-risk girls a strong sense of self, equipping them to make healthier choices and thrive academically and socially.

Gloria, along with her partners and 10-15 volunteers, many of whom are former participants, run the STARR Teen Esteem Leadership Experience program, providing group counseling and support to young women between the ages of 14-18. The Pollination Project Grant will help Gloria create the STARR Teen Esteem, Leadership Experience video, showing the progress made by the girls in the program, the leadership skills they learn, and the impact the program has on their lives. The video will be available online and will serve as an anchor in fundraising beginning in 2016, allowing the program to grow to help twice as many girls by 2017. 

To learn more about STARR Teen Esteem Leadership Experience, please visit their website.

GRANT AWARD DATE: September 11, 2015