I am the proud Licensee and certified Instructor of Standing Strong® programs
for the Penrith, NSW area. I am also a certified Life Coach & Youth Mentor with a Diploma in Social Welfare (Children & Youth) and a Cert 3 & 4 in Fitness. I have experience working with at-risk youth in the education system as a Youth Support Coordinator & Youth Mentor.
I am a wife, a step-mum and an animal lover. I have volunteered with the homeless for several years as well as in schools and orphanages in Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam. I am someone who is passionate about helping others and I believe that truly shows through in my business and the work we do.
In a nutshell, Stronghaven was created from a passion and need to create a safe space where children and teens can feel connected, empowered and supported to confidently navigate the challenges they’re facing. Let’s be honest, life can be brutal for young people. My own teenage years were spent trying to fit in and wanting to be like everyone else because I didn’t feel like just being me was ever good enough. And even though I had friends, I often felt isolated and alone. I felt like I was the only person in the world going through what I was going through and that no one could possibly understand.
The thing is, your brain can tell you all sorts of lies to keep you from becoming the strong, empowered, motivated and successful person you were born to be. Stronghaven is everything I needed when I was a young girl. A space where we encourage each person to embrace their journey, reach their full potential and grow into adults who are self-assured, motivated and above all - happy! Our unique Standing Strong programs encourage children and teens to develop the mindsets and skills known to prevent social and health issues including depression, anxiety, stress, disconnection and lack of motivation and drive.
At Stronghaven, we understand a sustainable and purposeful lifestyle is a team effort, which is why we are the support system for both children and parents. We are the place to turn to when you don’t know where to go. We are the shoulder for you to lean on and the community of support you and your family are looking for. Through our evidence-based Standing Strong programs, children not only learn how to improve confidence, resilience and self-esteem, they also feel empowered and uplifted by a culture of kindness and support.
At Stronghaven, each one of our coaching and wellness programs focuses on taking a holistic approach. This means that we focus on every aspect of wellness, including the physical, mental and emotional, so we can provide tailored programs that cover all the essentials for creating a sustainable future filled with possibilities for your young one. Through our team of health and wellness specialists, we take a positive, uplifting and non-clinical approach to supporting and empowering children and families.
Purpose fuels passion. Mental health is the single greatest health crisis facing teens and families today. Through the support and accessibility of our ongoing wellness programs, parents can feel reassured knowing they are not alone and are being supported by a heart centered team.
We continuously strive to provide programs that resonate with the youth and that include pro-active solutions and tools to help them navigate their daily lives, as well as prepare them for the future.
At Stronghaven, we are committed to making a difference in the lives of our children through listening, preparing and motivating them to become the best version of themselves. We actively promote and encourage respect and kindness in all we do. From our team members to our girls and families, respect and kindness are at the forefront of our programs, classes, services, resources and relationships. This enables us to create a space that’s inviting, fun and educational - where your children can flourish and excel.
Our unique Standing Strong wellness programs are designed to work with parents and communities to help educate, motivate, and inspire children to live to their full potential.
If your child is experiencing stress, has been feeling down, or could do with an empowering boost, then our Standing Strong programs are just what you're looking for.
Our Standing Strong programs take a holistic approach to health and well-being and include:
Strong Body – Movement | Strong Mind – Mindset | Strong Heart – Mindfulness.
Through a team of health and wellness specialists we take a positive, uplifting and non clinical approach to supporting and empowering children and families.
Through our Strong Body, Strong Mind, Strong Heart classes children learn how to improve their confidence and self-esteem, build inner-strength and self-belief, grow friendships, improve their health and body-image, manage stress and gain the tools essential for living happy, healthy and inspired lives.
With a Bachelors Degree in Behavioural Studies, with major concentrations in Youth Issues, Diploma in Holistic Counselling and qualifications in Health, Wellness, Training and Management, Kim - Founder of Standing Strong® and Standing Strong Clubs®, takes a holistic approach to helping girls and parents navigate through the challenges of adolescents and create positive change in their lives.
Kim knows what it takes to get through the tough times and has worked with hundreds of girls, families, schools, community organisations and young women. She has been endorsed by Oprah Winfrey, and has featured in Dolly Magazine, ParentHub and Girlfriend Magazine. Kim is also the winner of the 2020 Telstra Business Women's Awards for Purpose and Social Enterprise WA.
We actively promote and encourage respect and kindness in all we do. From our team members to our girls and families, respect and kindness is at the forefront of our programs, classes, services, resources and relationships.
Open-mindedness and compassion are the keys to our service delivery and program development. Everything we do is based on positive relationship building. This is achieved through our commitment to being open minded and having compassion for others.
Connection and belonging is at the heart of our services. We believe the answer to long term health and happiness is in building positive connections with others while also achieving, and maintaining a strong sense of belonging.
We are committed to providing affordable and accessible programs and services to families. We believe every person has the right to enjoy our services and we are committed to working closely with communities to make this happen
At Standing Strong we believe integrity and trust are essential when building lasting relationships. Our values of integrity and trust are shown through our openness, communication, connection, and commitment to the people, communities and establishments we work with.
We are committed to continually growing and improving our programs and services. We believe in thinking bigger and strive to be innovative and proactive in our approaches to teen health and well-being. We believe prevention is the secret to improving health and wellness outcomes for our future generations.
“I want to tell you a little bit about Kim Smith (From Standing Strong), they are a Total Wellness Club for Girls teaching girls how to stand strong. One of the things they try to do is help girls believe in themselves and create deeper connections through after school programs in Perth. So if you’re looking for something wonderful to support Standing Strong, Kim says her vision is for the girls hearts to feel full”.
– Oprah Winfrey