About Us

CorStone develops and provides personal resilience programs to improve well-being for youth worldwide, focusing on adolescent girls as critical change-agents in their communities. We believe that cultivating resilience is a foundational step in helping youth to thrive—one which is often missing in development programs worldwide. Our evidence-based programs impact three interdependent factors in wellbeing: emotional health, physical health, and education.

Why Personal Resilience?
We believe that the power to transcend poverty, oppression, or depression, lies within. Personal resilience—the capacity to 'bounce back' and thrive in the face of adversity—is not an innate talent or quality. Rather, it’s the result of a set of skills and supports that can be learned, cultivated, and harnessed in all of us. 

Amplifying self-agency, unleashing potential, and holding a powerful mirror to inner strengths, we focus our efforts on marginalized, economically disadvantaged, and under-served youth, giving them the tools to flourish despite significant challenges.

Innovative Training. Rigorous Research. Measurable results.
Founded in 1975, our evidence-based programs have served tens of thousands of at-risk youth in low-income communities around the world. Our services 'toolkit' is drawn from the latest research, integrating evidence from the fields of positive psychology, social-emotional healing, positive youth development, attitudinal healing, emotional intelligence, and restorative practice.

We work together with local partners to adapt and integrate our resilience model with local values and resources. Our Scientific Advisory Board includes academics from leading institutions such as UCSF Global Health Sciences and the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Resiliency Project. All CorStone programs are independently evaluated using rigorous quantitative and qualitative research.

Results from a first-of-its-kind randomized controlled trial (RCT) of CorStone's Girls First - Bihar program in 2013-14, involving over 3,000 girls in 76 schools in rural Bihar, india, demonstrated significant positive impact on mental and physical health, school performance, social skills and relationships, as well as prevention of early marriage. In 2015, 30,000 youth in over 200 schools will participate in the program.