1. To create a safe, supportive atmosphere that promotes positive self-expression through discourse and through art.
  2. To provide time and space for each individual in the group to express herself and to be heard.
  3. To promote sense of security found in group interconnectedness and group support.
  4. To strengthen a personal sense of uniqueness and self-worth.
  5. To provide interpersonal tools and skills to manage the emotional upheaval associated with pre-adolescence and adolescence.
  6. To promote a positive attitude in group discussions concerning the members of the group.
  7. To develop a real understanding of the seven components of self-esteem and to incorporate that understanding into each individual’s daily life.
    • I am unique
    • I am connected
    • I am comfortable in my body
    • I am loveable
    • I am worthwhile
    • I assert my power
    • I have role models
  8. To provide an opportunity to feel competent and valuable, gradually assuming responsibility for all aspects of North Star, thus confirming their faith in their individual abilities in communication and decision-making skills.
  9. To provide a confidential, nonjudgmental environment for self-expression and self-advocacy.
  10. To provide the materials and the instruction necessary to stimulate self-expression through the arts.