Be Body Positive Penn
Be Body Positive UPenn is an 8-week, workshop-based program for college students at the University of Pennsylvania. Each workshop is one hour long and consists of a series of student-led discussions, informational videos, individual reflections, and team-based activities. Through these workshops, we teach a weight-neutral and health-centered approach to self-care.
The college curriculum we teach was developed by our partner organization called The Body Positive. The curriculum, which has been extensively research-validated, covers five key competencies: Reclaim Health, Practice Intuitive Self-Care, Cultivate Self-Love, Declare Your Own Authentic Beauty, and Build Community.
Be Body Positive UPenn is offered at zero cost to college students at the University of Pennsylvania thanks to generous funding from the University of Pennsylvania’s President’s Engagement Prize.
Our Be Body Positive UPenn program is offered to college students from the University of Pennsylvania. In line with our mission of inclusivity, our program is open to students of all genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and religions. Our participants’ unique perspectives help us celebrate each individual’s heritage and diverse background to recognize that all bodies are good bodies.
We currently run two separate college cohorts. One cohort is specifically for student-athletes in partnership with Penn Athletics. The other cohort is open to all other Penn students.
Be Body Positive UPenn workshops are led by undergraduate student volunteers from the University of Pennsylvania through a peer-mentorship model.
Facilitators are extensively trained to administer The Body Positive college curriculum. They additionally undergo a DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) training including topics such as student sensitivity and safety. All of our volunteer facilitators must acquire all the necessary clearances and background checks required to work with minors in the School District of Philadelphia.
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