I believe that Middle School grades 6th, 7th & 8th are the most important grades for the Esteem program to be delivered. Of course, since I work with these grades, I naturally have a stake in the success of the program. The middle school years can be the toughest years in a child’s life. They are changing from children to young adults, and dealing with all that comes socially and physically with that change. I believe these children are at a critical age and can be reached for the better. They are still young enough to mold, but old enough to make positive or negative choices about their lives. They can be taught the stumbling blocks of partaking in risky behaviors before the situations arise. It is the hope that every child that is taught, using the Esteem curriculum, will be aware of the consequences that can change their lives forever. When risky behaviors, such as peer pressure, alcohol, drugs, media, and premarital sex are faced head-on using a research-based curriculum that draws on the children’s dreams and goals for a successful future, the Esteem program is an excellent resource.