When young people are preoccupied with their bodies, it hinders their self-esteem, relationships with others, performance in school, and overall quality of life.
Educators are expected to tackle challenges that far surpass their job descriptions and training. Teachers receive professional development for academics, but little in the way of social emotional needs, which they deal with on a daily basis.
Imagine if ALL young people had reserves of self-love to turn to when things got tough.
Imagine if they could embrace their differences with pride and truly believe in their value.
What if the obstacles that stop them from stepping into their full power were removed?
Who would they become if they could take full advantage of these precious, formative years?
Thank you for being here—we know you have a LOT going on! We’re excited that you are considering using your time and resources to tackle the critical issue of negative body image. We’re sad that it’s gotten as bad as it is.
Many times, well-meaning teachers unwittingly contribute to the problem due to a lack of understanding of how to handle this delicate and complex issue.
Teenagers are reaching out to us in droves, wanting to interview us for their projects and start Body Positive clubs at their schools. They are leaders, looking for an opportunity to bring relief to their peers.
Here's the great news...
Whether you are a student who is tired of the pressure to be perfect and the negative body talk that goes on among your peers, an educator who worries that your students will never reach their full potential because their insecurities get in the way, or an adult who simply cares about young people, you are ready to take the reins and transform the way our society views health, self-care, and beauty.
We invite you to join us for a life-changing weekend at the Be Body Positive Leadership Summit in Berkeley, California on August 4-6. Not only will you learn how to help your peers or students by being trained to deliver our curriculum, you will also have the opportunity to attend to your own relationship with your body in a completely transformational way.
For more than two decades, The Body Positive has been changing lives by helping people embrace their beautifully “flawed” human selves, practice sustainable self-care, and use their freed up energy to live full and purposeful lives.
At the Be Body Positive Leadership Summit, we will put our simple yet profound curriculum (researched at both Stanford and Cornell Universities) in your hands so you can do the same for your school community—and yourself.
Learn more about the themes we address by reading about the Be Body Positive Model’s five core Competencies.
“I have to say that The Body Positive is the most effective program we have implemented at San Domenico High School. By the end of each school year, every student will be able to tell you what this amazing program is about. Although I have participated in many workshops with The Body Positive, I must say, each time I go I walk away more inspired and with the confidence that I am doing my very best for my students by helping to bring these life skills to them.”
These are just a few of the struggles that result from a society that’s in need of strong leaders to shift the culture.
Co-founder and CEO of
The Body Positive
Psychotherapist and Co-founder of The Body Positive
Social Worker and Board Chair of The Body Positive
Yoga Instructor and Program/Social Media Manager of The Body Positive
Director of Counseling at San Domenico High School
Founder and Director of Nalgona Positivity Pride
Internationally Award Winning Digital Artist
Founder and Director of André Salvage and Associates Self-Defense School
Founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology
Author, Activist, and a Leading Expert on Fat Discrimination and Body Image
Coordinator of Sports Nutrition at Cornell University and Coordinator of Body Positive Cornell
You really can! However, we recommend that you try to connect with other students and staff at your school and get them on board. Even if no one else can attend, your school may be able to fund you!
We believe that peer-to-peer education is extremely powerful, but have found that middle school groups are more effective when facilitated by adults.
Not yet, sorry to say! We have a few resources for elementary age students (email us if you’re interested in a video and a few lesson plans for grades K-3), and over the next few years we will be fleshing out our curriculum for grades K-5. We know The Body Positive is desperately needed in elementary schools as true prevention work.
We are available for hire to speak at your school, but we think it’s a much better investment to get trained. Having people on campus who can deliver our curriculum on a daily basis is what truly transforms people’s lives.
We recommend flying into the Oakland (OAK) airport, but San Francisco (SFO) will work as well. If you plan to rent a car, the drive from Oakland airport is easier, but if not, both airports are BART accessible. The train will take you to Downtown Berkeley, which is close to the hotel where we have reserved rooms. We have a block of rooms at Hotel Shattuck in Downtown Berkeley. Once you register for the Summit, you’ll receive the hotel information, plus a list of others in the area.
Yes! We offer as many scholarships as possible to educators working in low income communities and students who demonstrate a serious commitment to the work. You can apply for a scholarship here.
We passionately believe in our work and its power to change people’s lives forever.
It’s why we’ve been around for more than two decades, and why our Be Body Positive trainings, workshops, and public events have been attended by thousands of people.
Our trainings get rave reviews, year after year. We believe you’ll be positively transformed forever by the experience of attending our August Leadership Summit.
But we also know our work is not necessarily right for everyone. Some people aren't ready to make the personal commitment to practice what they teach.
So, we are willing to offer you a money back guarantee.
If, after attending the first full day of the Be Body Positive training, you feel that the work isn’t right for you, turn in all of your materials and receive a full refund of your tuition and curriculum license fee.
You have nothing to lose by signing up right now.
Here’s another look at how The Body Positive transforms lives. Take note that the student quoted below was in a Body Positive club that was facilitated by high school student leaders trained by us.
If what you’ve read has struck a cord, the time is now. Please join us at the upcoming Be Body Positive Leadership Summit.
With love and gratitude,