a mentoring program - empowering young women to thrive

Developed in 2010 and founded on principles in Sports and Exercise Psychology, Strong Girls is a life skills intervention program that develops positive thinking, goal setting, confidence, stress management and social skills among adolescent girls. The program provides both physical activity and life skills activities for the girls by intentionally creating a positive, caring and cooperative environment. This FREE program allows girls grades 6th - 8th to learn from, connect with and be mentored by college women.

Strong Girls is comprised of weekly meetings that incorporate physical activity, team building, life skills, stress management and conflict-resolution. One feature of the program is helping Strong Girls recognize “highlights,” which are little positives that occur each day. A highlight is something that makes you feel good about yourself (example: “Today my highlight at Strong Girls was I made a lot of new friends. And had a great time”).

Before officially becoming a “Strong Girl,” each girl reads, recites and signs a pledge card, which becomes the foundation for every Strong Girls activity.

The Pledge

“As a Strong Girl, I pledge to treat everyone with KINDNESS and RESPECT”


The details

Strong Girls is open to girls in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th; Mentors should be female college students

Each Strong Girl gets a journal, t-shirt and weekly meetings include snacks and other fun activities.

January -May 2022
University of Kansas: Weekly meetings on Wednesdays from 3:00 - 5:00pm
Rockhurst University: Weekly meetings on Thursdays

Fall 2021: University of Kansas - Robinson Center (Lawrence, KS)

Spring 2022: University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS) & Rockhurst University (Kansas City, MO)

Individuals and/or groups will be providing their own transportation.





Thank you to our supporters

Strong Girls was developed by Dr. Mary Fry, Ph.D., Professor of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences (HSES), and Theresa Brown, Ph.D; Administered in partnership with WIN for KC.