Author & Esteem Coach
Courtney Macavinta is co-founder and president of The Respect Institute. She is an award-winning author, speaker, coach, and web publisher who has reached millions of youth, families, and communities through programs such as the Respect Rally, her blog RespectRx.com, and her best-selling book, RESPECT, which won both IPPY and iParenting Awards. Read More >
RESPECT: Building Self Esteem for Our Children
TEDTalk: The Respect Institute
This interactive workshop empowers middle school, high school, and college students to boost self-respect and spread respect for all through the Respect Basics: Read More >
Youth and young adults learn through stories, discussion groups (Respect Pods), videos, and interactive exercises how to make self-respecting choices, create healthy relationships, reach their goals, and end cycles of disrespect, such as bullying, cultural discrimination, peer pressure, inequality, and violence. Youth learn to lead social change to spread respect for the entire community. Read Less ^
Do your so-called friends or others bully you? Do you struggle with saying “no” or standing up for what you believe in? Have you been on the bad end of a rumor? Have you ever been in a major fight with a siblings or your parents? We all go through these dilemmas. So what makes a relationship respectful? In this workshop, middle and high school students learn how to use the Respect Basics to make sure respect is a basic in all your relationships: family, friends, and with boyfriends/girlfriends.
Not sure what to do after college or with your future? It’s time to listen to your gut and follow your passions. During interactive and group exercises, get clear on what you want and the resources – inside and out – it will take to make your goals a reality. Create an action plan to get what you want – and the self-respect to go with it.
A big part of self-respect is respecting your body too. We bring to light the forces that can often make a girl disconnect and disrespect from her body or hate her body (and the person who lives there). With eye-opening discussion, girls will walk away with the ability to make healthier choices, and more importantly, how to respect themselves. (Also a great mother-daughter topic.)
It’s time for a respect revolution – no overthrow necessary! We look at the roots of issues like name-calling, rumors, and sexual harassment so that girls know how to deal in the face of disrespect. Girls also get the tools to rise above drama and transform foes into friends – and most importantly, become their own best friends.
From the Web to mobile phones, school hallways, and even at home, learn how to bully-proof from the inside out using The Respect Basics. In the face of bullying – as bystanders, victims, or when they're tempted to bully – teach your kids how to set boundaries, know they're valuable, ask for help, and spread respect as leaders.
Gossip. Bullying. Negative body image. Family and relationship drama. Cliques. Low self-esteem. Unhealthy behaviors. Risky choices. Peer pressure. Explore common dilemmas youth face based on our nationwide surveying and programs and discover how they can build resiliency through The Respect Basics. Also share the disrespect dilemmas that concern you – in your family and among your kids. Get easy-to-use tools that help you work through conflicts with your kids as well as coaching skills to help them make self-respecting choices and be positive leaders.
From the onset of adolescence, in this session, “youth influencers” – from parents to educators and mentors – get tools you can use to keep the connection strong between you and your kids as their independence grows. Learn coaching skills to help you create a mutually respectful relationship with middle schoolers and how to recover when disrespect or disconnection occurs. Also, find out how to continue to use our Respect Basics tools throughout high school and college years, too.
"Courtney is a phenomenal program facilitator and a true gift to the girls she works with. I found her style to be intuitive and organic which created activities and conversations that were inspiring and incredibly impactful for the girls and adults alike."
"The language Respect Rx uses is so perfect-it's like the language of teenagers and allows them to express themselves and tap into their power to address issues of disrespect in their lives."
"One thing that truly sets Courtney apart from other leaders and advocates is her ability to affect individuals and the group at the same time. Courtney not only inspires social change, but she makes it possible."
"I am sincere when I say that the past week of Respect Rx assemblies for more than 1,500 girls throughout Connecticut was the most enriching week I have ever spent in my 42 years in education."
"In my 25 years in education, I've never been to an assembly where you can hear the overhead lights buzzing at times that's how engrossed the girls were in the program."
"Her ability to connect with young women across class, race, and age, coupled with her passion to truly partner with young women to create social change, has made her an invaluable resource."
"She connected with the teens immediately and they were really comfortable talking to her during and after the presentation. If you are looking for an outstanding quality workshop that still let's you have fun and express yourself in a comfortable environment, I highly recommend having Courtney come to your library."
"She bridged the gap that may have existed between these girls and allowed them to see that they had more in common than they thought-mostly the pressures of growing up and becoming independent and liking themselves."