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Everyone Can Develop Skills for Success


An Invitation to participate in an innovative program which improves lives and work 

environments through practical changes and skills building.


Skills for SUccess

Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute has traditionally provided essential skills-based self-esteem education to high-risk, underserved people and the professionals who serve them.  By practicing self-esteem principles, our participants learn how to make healthy life choices, gain confidence to meet challenges, and become economically independent.  Our educational Institute has served thousands of clients and service providers and is the only organization of its kind dedicated to delivering self-esteem  educational programs as the foundation for changing people’s lives.  Our exciting Skills for Success Program is based on the latest research on self-esteem development. The information in each unit is pivotal to the development of self-respect and self-efficacy, the two main characteristics of people with high self-esteem.

The teaching staff at Self Esteem Boston uses a self-esteem based approach to training which encourages self-discovery. Our interactive workshops combine exciting presentations by our expert staff with experiential activities and discussion to engage workshop participants in cooperative learning. By creating an atmosphere of acceptance and trust, ideas are shared freely and new knowledge is more easily assimilated. Relaxation, variety and fun combine to create the high interest level necessary for optimal retention and positive change.

All of our programs are based on the idea that self-esteem influences all aspects of our lives. How we think about ourselves determines how we think about others. If we are able to acknowledge our inherent self-worth and hold firm in the belief that we are capable of learning, changing, and growing, then we can live more peacefully and more cooperatively. The Skills for Success Program provides participants with the tools and skills necessary for the attainment of a happy, peaceful and productive life.

Educators, parents, business and government leaders agree that we need to help individuals develop healthy or high self-esteem.  What does that mean? Tolerance and respect for others, responsibility for one’s actions, integrity, pride in accomplishments,  self-motivation, a willingness to take responsible risks, the capability of handling criticism,  responding to  challenges and setting worthwhile and demanding goals, as well as becoming trusting, confident and respectful of one’s decisions, abilities and self-worth.

Self-esteem is developed through an internal, educational approach, using interactive exercises, which ultimately helps us succeed at work and in life.  At Self-Esteem Boston Educational Institute, our mission and focus to build self-esteem through diverse direct client service programs serving homeless and domestic violence shelters, pre-release prison groups, substance treatment and recovery residences as well as other at-risk groups facing critical needs.

Self Esteem Boston’s “Skills For Success” program is an intervention designed to 1) help people navigate life’s challenges and instill a sense of their own competency and self-worth; and 2) help people affirm their right to success and happiness. 


Self-Awareness Unit

The ability to understand yourself and make improvements in your life begins with self-awareness. The participant will gain knowledge of limiting thoughts and self-defeating behaviors and will learn esteem-building skills to gain confidence in responding to every day challenges.

SA-01:  Self-Concept Assessment

How you see yourself, consciously and subconsciously, affects your life.
Learn the meaning of self-concept and how to assess it.
Learn about the feelings and opinions of others through group interaction.
Discover techniques to develop and improve self-concept.

SA-02:  From Awareness to Positive Change

We are often unaware of the impact of how we think, feel, and act.
Identify limiting thoughts, negative feelings, and unskillful behaviors.
Discover how negative attitudes affect your life.
Learn compassion and self-acceptance while working to change.

SA-03:  Response Power

Although some situations in life are not in our control, we can choose our response to them and influence the outcome.
Discover a technique to learn from the past.
Understand the power of responses to events.
Learn how healthy responses can increase self-esteem.

SA-04:  Expressing Anger

When your anger gets out of control, you often regret the decisions you make and actions you take in the heat of the moment.
Learn guidelines for managing anger and conflict.
Discuss how to express anger appropriately.
Identify areas for improving anger management skills.
Learn how to build your self-esteem with effective anger management skills.

SA-05:  Transforming Fear

Which fears hold you back in life? How can fears be understood and dealt with?
Gain awareness of fears and how to cope with them in healthy ways.
Learn to see fear as a natural emotion.
Learn how unhealthy fears can affect self-esteem.

Self-Esteem Unit

Self-esteem is the foundation of a successful and happy life. The participant will learn the meaning of self-esteem and acquire skills to personal growth and self-improvement.

SE-01:  Self-Esteem Assessment

Self-esteem means feeling worthy and being capable to cope with challenges in life.
Understand the true meaning of self-esteem.
Assess self-esteem skills.
Learn about the feelings and opinions of others through group interaction.
Find ways to improve self-esteem.

SE-02:  Affirmation Guidelines

You are what you think. Affirmations are a powerful tool for building self-esteem.
Learn about the meaning and use of affirmations.
Practice creating individualized affirmations.
Identify areas for growth and learn how to use affirmations for positive change.

SE-03:  Accomplishments

You can raise your self-esteem by recognizing and valuing your accomplishments.
Identify personal achievements and attitudes towards them.
Discover the feelings and opinions of others through group interaction.
Learn how perception of accomplishments affects self-esteem.

SE-04:  Purpose in Life

What fulfills you and gives your life meaning?
Learn an introspective process of self-discovery.
Focus on positive self-descriptions.
Apply new understanding of life’s purpose to set future goals.

SE-05:  Career Skills

The challenges of an ever-changing job market include learning new skills, changing careers, reentering the work force, finding and keeping a job.
Identify professional strengths, talents, and interests.
Build confidence by developing accurate self-descriptions and sharing with others.
Expand thinking about employment possibilities. 

Managing Stress Unit

Stress can be a major obstacle to achieving what you want. By learning to manage the challenges of life more effectively, you greatly improve your chances for success. The participant will learn stress reduction techniques and develop new strategies for coping with stressful situations.

MS-01:  Techniques for Relaxation

Relaxation is an essential ingredient for health and well-being, and it creates more enjoyment of the simple pleasures in life.
Practice relaxation techniques to cope with stress.
Identify areas of stress in the body and the mind.
Learn how relaxation techniques lead to health, well-being, and increased self-esteem.

MS-02:  Priorities

What is most important to you and what are you doing to get it?
Review personal priorities. Reflect on priorities in different aspects of life.
Identify the first steps to accomplishing desires in life.
Understand the relationship between setting priorities and increasing self-esteem.

MS-03:  Balance in Life

In today’s rapidly paced society, there are many challenges around juggling careers, home, and family. Assess the way time is currently being spent and how it affects stress. Identify a healthier, more peaceful allocation of time for each activity. Learn about the value of balancing time for increasing self-esteem.

MS-04:  Health and Well-Being Assessment

The body-mind connection affects our health and self-esteem. Assess personal health and well-being. Learn indicators of health and well-being. Learn about the feelings and opinions of others through group interaction. Build self-esteem by paying attention to personal health and well-being.

MS-05:  Attitudes Towards Money

Does money stress you out? What do you really believe about wealth? Identify attitudes and beliefs about money. Develop healthier attitudes about success and money. Discover new ways to set goals to increase abundance. Learn how healthy attitudes about money can increase self-esteem

Participants will:

  • Build their self-confidence
  • Enhance feelings of self-worth
  • Develop social and economic goals
  • Communicate with confidence
  • Ability to make good decisions
  • Confidence in managing money
  • Facilitators Guide
  • Activity Sheets
  • Pre and Post Evaluation Tools


  • You’ll likely witness an increase in both employee satisfaction and retention from staff feeling both valued and motivated – this very well might mean they’ll enjoy their work to a greater degree and be more willing to go that extra mile for your clients!
  • Develop higher functioning, and more effective and productive teams
  • Build client confidence communication and advocacy skills – these should reduce recidivism and relapse, and increase clients’ chance of success!
  • Feeling of self-empowerment
  • Attitude toward money
  • Ability to set personal and career goals
  • Ability to be self-assertive
  • Ability to Communicate Strengths
  • Ability to create a clear career path


  • Ready-to-use, easily implemented presentations, lesson plans, and facilitator’s guide – saving you extensive planning time and the associated costs of developing your own training program
  • Interactive activities and exercises to help clients develop skills to overcome barriers to reach their goals
  • Evaluation tools to measure client program outcomes
  • Multi-language material – English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and Arabic



Our Skills for Success curriculum is an expanded life skills program which develops basic self esteem tools and essential personal skills such as setting and achieving goals, positive communication, and effective parenting, leadership skills, learning how to work successfully with others, and sustaining accountability.

*These materials are for educational and informational purposes only and are not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Self Esteem Boston makes no representations regarding the results of following the program set out in these materials.