Positive and Healthy Self-esteem 1


60 mins


Suitable for 14+


8 -12 Participants


Face2Face & Virtually


This activity will help build confidence and resilience in participants to reach their goals and develop skills to deal with challenges and/ or negative thoughts.


By the end of this activity participants will be able to:

  • Identify and understand what is meant by self-esteem.
  • Recognise positive attributes in others


Here are some guidance to support the participants

This session aims to support a positive and healthy outlook on self – esteem. Allowing participants to understand what positive and healthy self esteem is by exploring the theme through celebrities and utilising engaging video and activity resources. The session also gives the opportunity for participants to focus on others allowing for a more critical view (without focus on the individual in the session).


We recommend using 'Our Mask' – from our Ice breaker section.

Part 1 introduction : what is self-esteem?

The facilitator will give the participants the following instructions:

Participants are asked to sit in a semi-circle space with the opportunity to view a projector screen and flipchart paper. At the beginning of this session go through the ground rules/group contract and, if required, throughout the session briefly recap these to ensure that everyone knows what is expected of them.


This discussion asks participants to consider what is meant by self-esteem? What can self -esteem affect? How does this relate to loneliness and social isolation? Explain that this session introduces the concept of self–esteem and discusses how participants can build a positive and healthy self-esteem in the future to deal with life events in an ever-changing world.


(If you have the resources to do so) The facilitator explains to the participants that they will be watching an introduction to a documentary called self-esteem that will take around 1 minute 50 seconds. An alternative resource for Part 1 is available in the facilitator notes. This can be used to supplement the short video available in the facilitator notes or replace the video, as an alternative resource.

Self-esteem documentary - YouTube by Marco Sander

Self-Esteem | Documentary - YouTube by Marco Sander. first 7 minutes (full documentary is 27 minutes) . Please be aware: use of the word “sh*t” (at 1 minute 50) Youth Cymru does not endorse this video. Please follow your organisation's policy on use of media, parental consent, etc.

The facilitator will issue the following instructions:

Write the following questions on a flipchart paper. Ask participants (as a whole group) each question - adding their answers to the flipchart.
  • A definition of self-esteem is provided at the beginning of this video - does this ring true for (young) people in our communities?
  • Is the level of self-esteem someone has based on others’ views or on their own views?
  • How would you (the participants) define self–esteem?
  • Can good self-esteem be achieved from 'winning ' or 'success'- or is there more to it?
  • What can affect our self-esteem?
  • What is meant by positive self–esteem?

Part 2: I admire

The facilitator will give participants the following instructions:

  • Name 3 people that you admire in the public eye (e.g. celebrities, sports personalities, influencers, content creators, etc.).
  • List some of the things that you admire about them (e.g., clothing, how they look, how they act, the relationship they are in, how much they earn, etc.).
  • Now let’s consider some of their feeling of inadequacy or challenges they may face – examples can be shared with the group to support discussion.


There is an opportunity when identifying people that participants admire to use personal examples. This should only be done if participants are happy to share with the group as they will be considering their feeling of inadequacy.

Part 3 : Why is positive/healthy self-esteem important?

Discussion questions:

The facilitator writes the question below on a flipchart paper: - Why is positive / healthy self-esteem important?  Ask participants to think about the question (using the prompts provided) to invite conversation from participants. Participants should be invited to expand on these prompts.


  • Coping skills
  • Empathy towards others
  • Being less negatively impacted by challenges

Part 4: Has this session achieved the intended outcomes?

Learning outcomes

The facilitator refers to the learning outcome(s) for this session. Do participants all agree on the outcomes have been met? The facilitator can ‘test’ that learning outcomes have been met by a ‘pop’ quiz with prizes, etc.

Two questions to ask participants to reflect on:

  • What is meant by self-esteem
  • On a scale of 1-5, How comfortable do you feel about ide identifying positive attributes in others?

Video, If appropriate

If appropriate: a video created by the brand Dove & Cartoon network Self-Esteem Project x Steven Universe | Body Functionality | its a great video dependant on the participants being aware of the 'Steven Universe' series. Self Esteem – Dove – Self-esteem project x steven universe - https://youtu.be/XwBAvQ-2Ubk


'Participant Session Evaluation' is one of our generic form for all the sessions within the all of the sessions used from the ' making connections that count' ReachOut 2.0 online resources. This is considered a more formative evaluation and is a great tool for participants, facilitators and our staff at Youth Cymru to understand the quality of the resources.


Please feel free to download the activity resources. All documents are editable and can be adapted for your bespoke session.