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Love the Skin You're In


WE ARE on a mission to teach young women

that the most IMPORTANT part of

their body is their HEART

 

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Love the Skin You're In


WE ARE on a mission to teach young women

that the most IMPORTANT part of

their body is their HEART

 

 

Mental Health   Media Literacy   Mindfulness

Watch Our Story of Growing Resiliency One Talk at a Time...

In our connected age, adolescents are confronted daily with media idealizations that are limiting and frequently hazardous to their health. Studies show that many  young women would rather be called "sexy" than “smart." With porn a click away, many internalize their lovability as inextricably linked to sexual availability. It's time to celebrate our voices and imaginations....

 

The same culture that places girls at a disadvantage in the journey to becoming leaders of a better world early on teaches boys to stop crying and start manning up. We offer a transformative presentation series that invites youth to question the socioeconomic underpinnings of how they are falsely represented, inspiring them to reinvent inclusive beauty notions that celebrate their common humanity.  Recognizing that the most important moment of our lives is now, we, as agents of social and personal transformation,  together reconsider the value of self worth, empathy, and mindfulness.   

 
 
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Events


IMAGINE every girl in your school in the gym.

We set HEARTS FREE from looks-based competition.

A journey to the POWER of CONNECTION.

Because we're all in this TOGETHER.

 

Events


IMAGINE every girl in your school in the gym.

We set HEARTS FREE from looks-based competition.

A journey to the POWER of CONNECTION.

Because we're all in this TOGETHER.

 

Love the Skin You're In

We support the advocacy movements that reflect our intersecting and multiple identities. Alongside our gatherings of girls and female-identified students, we seek to unify our communities, grounded in relationships with LGBTQ groups and those from diverse backgrounds to uplift and expand gender norms, expectations and stereotypes.

 Autumn Tour

9/17 Kirby Preparatory School, Santa Cruz, California, CO-ED
9/23 Central Middle School, Redwood City, California, GIRLS
10/11 St. International Day of the Girl at St. Margaret's School, Victoria, BC
10/11 St. Margaret's School Parents, Victoria, BC
10/13 Brentwood College Girls, Mill Bay, Vancouver Island
10/14 Brentwood College Boys, Mill Bay, Vancouver Island
10/17 Shawnigan Lake School Girls, Shawinigan Lake, BC
10/18 Shawnigan Lake School Co-Ed, Shawinigan Lake, BC
10/19 Quest University Co-ED, Squamish, BC
10/20 Coast Mountain Academy Girls, Squamish, BC
10/21 Coast Mountain Academy Boys, Squamish, BC
10/25 Howe Sound Secondary Co-ED, Squamish, BC
10/26 Brockton School Co-Ed, North Vancouver
10/29 Whistler High Co-Ed, Whistler, BC
11/02 Mulgrave School Girls, North Vancouver, BC
11/21 HB Woodlawn School Girls, Arlington, VA
11/22 Global Co-Lab Network Girls, Arlington, VA
11/25 Madawaska Valley Secondary School girls, Ottawa Valley, ON
11/28 Valour Secondary School Girls, Ottawa Valley, ON
12/01 Opeongo High School Girls, Ottawa Valley, ON
12/02 Fellowes Secondary School Girls, Ottawa Valley, ON
12/16 Woodville Elementary School Girls, Sunderland, ON
12/19 Fenelon Falls Secondary School Co-Ed, Fenelon Falls, ON
12/22 Lisgar Collegiate Institute CO-ED Ottawa, ON

 
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Join Our Tribe


Join Our Tribe


Young Women’s Leadership and Empowerment – A Year in Review

Sistering to Change the World

What does it take for a formerly diet-addicted 16 year-old to start a body positivity Instagram channel that grows to 2000 followers with 600 likes on every post in 6 months? For a high school Girls Leadership Committee to grow by 400% in a day? For a 15 year-old to declare herself the next President of the United States?

The Global Co Lab Network has partnered with Brie Mathers and Love the Skin You’re In to support teen female foundational development to empower stronger sisterhood, leadership and change making in the Greater Washington, DC area.

For three years the Co Lab has helped lead a significant engagement effort in Arlington and Fairfax Virginia to bring Brie to the region to wow the hearts of young women in a way that would have lasting ripples across Arlington and Fairfax Counties. Her talk, Love the Skin You’re In, engaged the life force of students who aren’t only still talking about the impact, but are taking active measures to create a softer world where women’s voices and imaginations are more valued.

Last year, Brie’s moving spark presentations were booked at the Arlington Public Schools’ Whole Child Conference, HB Woodlawn, Washington Lee High, and Thomas Jefferson Middle School as support from Arlington Public Schools and the Josh Anderson Foundation flowed in. Mothers and students alike were blown open by the conversation that speaks to the heart of girl culture. One mom could not have summed it up more perfectly!

What followed was a multitude of Global Co Lab Salons designed to free young women’s voices and engage their fertile minds in creating – and joining pre-existing – networks of support that strengthen their resiliency. These salons reached airwaves as far as Vashon Island.

By early June, Brie was back, to Fairfax County where she offered two talks to accommodate 800 young women at McLean High. Organized by a powerhouse of young female leaders who claimed ownership for creating the experience, the events, in partnership with a packed follow up salon, sparked a clamor of young women to join the girls leadership committee, growing it by 400% overnight. One of McLean’s competent leads, Ellie, now joins the Global CoLab Network and Love the Skin You’re In as our summer intern.  See her Co Lab blog here.

In addition, 25 young women showed up for a free area-wide yoga event hosted at Sun and Moon Yoga.

Brie is excited to return to Arlington co-lead a follow up workshop called: Sisterhood, The Last Frontier: Compassionate Heart Practices for Young Women with Annie Moyer, Director of Sun and Moon Yoga and a critical Co Lab partner, joined by Nadine Asef-Sargeant, Susie Barolo, and a host of other Arlington and Fairfax Moms — a movement of radical self acceptance and young women’s leadership and resiliency is afoot in the Northern Virginia area. We are only just beginning, have barely scratched the surface, and are excited to report the following extraordinary girl power outcomes that will empower teen females to be the change agents in their own lives and in the world:

  • leaving unhealthy relationships
  • resisting dieting
  • feeling strong and powerful
  • feeling a sense of hope
  • resisting self harming behaviors
  • feeling connective rather than competitive or alone
  • feeling their value beyond being eye candy
  • ready to adopt mindfulness practices
  • LGBTQ resilience in the face of bigotry and hate
  • turning the corner on body loathing and shaming
  • seeing themselves as leaders
  • feeling love for and loved by their school and peers

 

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Brie Mathers


Brie Mathers


 

About Brie

I'm going to wing this and go first person. This work was born out of my high school battle with an eating disorder. I ached so much during that time that I wanted to light the way forth for other young women; and in a culture that provides endless fodder for demystifying harmful representations of women, I cannot see the end of this labour of love in sight!

I've travelled the world, filling my cup by speaking to over 85 000 teen girls worldwide with my multi-media event Love the Skin You’re In. Some of the highlights have included being on stage at Bay Area TEDx and a National Youth Week Tour across New Zealand. I have a fire in my belly to inspire young women to find compassion within themselves, and to resist the looks-based competition that floods their Instagram feeds.  In solidarity and sisterhood, I believe we can gather our hearts together to lead a new conversation about our bodies and beings. I'm Canadian-born, McGill University-educated, the author of Freedom to Blossom, and I live between Muskoka, Ontario, Canada and Carmel, California. It has been the greatest privilege of my life to stand in raw vulnerability before 500 girls at a time and share the secrets of my heart. I am grateful to the brothers who have helped me along the way: Joe Hall, Ken Parker, Ray Napolitano, and the sisters who hold my hand and heart: Riane Eisler and Linda Staheli. 

 

With open heart and warm light,