Free To Be empowers boys and girls in grade 6-8 to reach their full potential by developing media literacy awareness, cultivating individual strengths, building resilience to social pressures that impact body image, and nurturing a positive social environment.
Youth today spend copious amounts of time consuming media which impacts their attitudes and beliefs about who they should and should not aspire to be in life. The 6 hour, 6 session program, which is taught by a trained facilitator and reaches kids at a time when they are most vulnerable.
Preliminary data analyses have shown that Free To Be increases positive body image, positive body image coping strategies, and decreases body dissatisfaction in both boys and girls. It has been implemented with over 1,000 students with very positive feedback from teachers, students, and parents. Some samples of student feedback are: "I really enjoyed this session and would be happy to do it again!", "I really enjoyed the whole unit. I learned a lot and it changed my perspective and affected my knowledge a lot in a positive way.", "I think Free to Be is a great program for kids who are self-conscious about themselves to love their looks/body."