EMPOWERMENT | CRITICAL THINKING | UNDERSTANDING
Free To Be is a research-backed positive body image program for youth in grades six to eight. Free To Be empowers boys and girls 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.
Free to be workshops
We have many different ways you can implement and be a part of Free To Be Talks.
Find the option that is right for you.
become a trained facilitator
I want to facilitate the Free To Be program myself.
workshops for all ages
Access resources the are relevant to kids, teens and parents.
what to expect from the free to be program
6 hours of research-based curriculum covered over 6 sessions.
25 page Student Activity Booklet where students complete diverse application activities that include role-playing, letter writing, journaling and positive activism activities among others.
Visually stimulating PowerPoint presentation to aid a deeper understanding of the material.
We are pleased to release the 2nd edition of the research-based program. It has been updated to be more engaging and powerful based on current research and hundreds of feedback from students and teachers over the past 2 years.
Understand and explain the impact of appearance pressures
Identify messages that reinforce and maintain appearance pressures
Reflect on personal experiences where happiness and confidence was not contingent on appearance
Understand the extent to which images in traditional and social media are changed
Identify problems that arise from viewing manipulated images
Describe and develop healthy coping strategies for bad body image days
Demonstrate body image flexibility by identifying multiple ways, different bodies have positive and diverse capabilities
Identify strengths and internal characteristics students like about themselves
Identify activities and values, not based on appearance, that are important to them
Formulate plans of how to encourage a positive body image with their peers
Explain and identify common stereotypes
Understand the negative impact of constraining stereotypes
Develop counter-narratives to common stereotypes
Identify creative ways to respond to stereotypes in social situations
Develop and create a plan for social change related to body image and material covered in program
Identify a future version of themselves, which they admire, not based on appearance
become a trained facilitator
Attend our online training:
Learn current in-depth negative and positive body image research and related topics that support the program
Deepen your understanding of social media, technology, and the developing teenage brain.
Be equipped to with supporting resources and information to successfully facilitate 6 sessions of Free To Be and to make the program as relevant and applicable as possible for your audience
In-depth knowledge of program goals and objectives and how to ensure success with diverse groups/classrooms.
How to successfully respond to FAQs made by youth and support for themes and observations we have gathered from the 2000 students who have completed the program.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Over the last few months, because of generous sponsorships and donations to free to be, it has allowed us to lower the cost of the program to make it more available and accessible!
2 Year License
Full access to 46 in-depth, scripted Facilitator Manual
25-page Student Activity Booklet
Visually stimulating PowerPoint
Access to developer of Free To Be program, Renae Regehr, for support in follow-up and debriefing phone calls
* The 2 year license ensures you receive the most up-to-date editions of Free To Be. When your renewal time comes there is, you will be sent an application form. There are no additional fees to renew the license after 2 years.
workshops & talks for all ages
Free to Be's program material is highly relevant to kids, teens and adults, and can be adapted accordingly.
Founder of Free To Be Talks, Renae provides highly interactive, visually engaging and age appropriate presentations.
Our most frequently requested 1-hour student talk includes topics of:
Practical tools and strategies to become a happy and thriving person now, irrespective of one’s appearance.
Our most frequently requested parent talk includes topics of:
Building emotional resilience: how to effectively connect and address the underlying issues of statements such as, "I feel fat" and "I'm so ugly"
Understanding social media and online gaming and the impact this has on our sense of self and body image.
Uncovering practical tools to prevent negative body image and instil confidence and vitality.
Q & A period of time.
Through a visually-stimulating and interactive presentation participants will gain a deeper understanding of:
The myriad of factors that impact a person’s developing body image (with a emphasis on youth)
Awareness of how media manipulation and media messages contribute to core belief systems
Opportunity to engage in experiential activities to facilitate increased awareness of one’s personal and professional identity
Practical tools that can be applied for personal and professional growth.
3-4 hour block of time
Maximum 40 participants per workshop
Access to sound/video on Projector for accompanying PowerPoint
Participants are asked to bring a notepad, computer or something to write with.
Other options are available depending on the number of participants attending the workshop and length of workshop. Email us with your inquiry and we'll happily discuss your options and payment variations to try to accommodate your interest.