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Horizons Youth Enrichment Program Inc., (HYEP) is the nonprofit,
501(c)3, sister organization to HYPE.

Horizons Youth Enrichment Program Inc. believes in educating, empowering, engaging and interacting with the youth and young adults in the Hartford Community, to expose and equip them with life skills at an early age.













































--Dorothy Law Nolte

If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world.



Tips for Overcoming Low Self-Esteem and Low Self-Worth

Dr. John M. Grohol (2011)

  1. Take a self-esteem inventory to give yourself a baseline. This can be as simple as writing down 10 of your strengths and 10 of your weaknesses. This will help you to begin developing an honest and realistic conception of your self.

  2. Set realistic expectations. It’s important to set small, attainable goals that are within your power. For example, setting an extremely high expectation or an expectation that someone else will change their behavior is virtually guaranteed to make you feel like a failure.

  3. Stop being a perfectionist and acknowledge both your accomplishments and mistakes. Nobody is perfect, and trying to be will only lead to disappointment. Acknowledging your accomplishments and recognizing your mistakes is the way to keep a positive outlook while learning and growing from your mistakes.

  4. Explore yourself. The importance of knowing yourself and being at peace with who you are cannot be overstated. This can take some trial and error, but it’s a lifelong journey that should be undertaken with purpose and zeal.

  5. Be willing to adjust your self-image. We all change as we age and grow, and we must keep up with our ever-changing selves if we want to set and achieve meaningful goals.

  6. Stop comparing yourself to others. Comparing ourselves to others is a trap that is extremely easy to fall into, especially with social media and the ability to project a polished and perfected (and false) appearance. The only person you should compare yourself to is you.

  • Say “stop” to your inner critic;

  • Use healthier motivation habits;

  • Take a two-minute self-appreciation break;

  • Each evening, write down three things that you can appreciate about yourself;

  • Do the right thing;

  • Fight against perfectionism;

  • Handle mistakes and failures in a more positive way;

  • Be kinder toward other people;

  • Try something new;

  • Stop falling into the comparison trap;

  • Spend more time with supportive people (and less time with destructive people);

  • Remember the “whys” of high self-esteem. 

For information about Horizons Youth Enrichment Program Inc., please contact:

Victoria Lee Thomas

Founder, CEO

Donations to HYPE and HYEP are tax deductible. For more information about HYEP, please contact Victoria at or or 860.402.9665.

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