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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...

We are dedicated to leading an uncompromisingly direct conversation about media misrepresentation, resiliency, and loving-kindness. Join us in re-awakening a connected sisterhood and catalyzing well-being and interactional leadership in our age of amped up social media.

 

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.

 

Off to Stockton Elementary School today in Nor Cal today!

In our connected age, young people are at the behest of narratives they have been digesting their whole lives. Students prepared for the future will be equipped with the ability to engage critically with media messaging. The quest for equality—including a reduction of violence against women—will stall without powerful counternarratives about women’s worth, particularly in sexual encounters, to boys. Many young women appear to be claiming their sexuality as they join the "effortless perfection” competition flooding their Instagram feeds, but on behalf of whose gaze? Students must be prepared to meet these questions, which cut to their burgeoning identities, directly.  We had an amazing time opening these dialogues on Vancouver Island last month. Many thanks to the young women from Queen Margaret’s School for playfully rushing the post-talk selfie!

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 Autumn 2018 Tour: Vancouver, BC

10/10 San mateo high school, san mateo, california

10/11 international day of the girl

10/15 Southpointe academy, tsawassen, BC

10/16 carson graham secondary school, NORTH vancouver, bc

10/18 GARIBALDI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, SQUAMISH, BC

10/19 British columbia physical education conference, coquitlam, bc

10/22 Queen margaret’s school, Duncan, BC

10/22 Queen margaret’s school Parents, Duncan, BC

10/23 shawnigan lake school, shawnigan lake, bc

10/24 shawnigan lake school, shawnigan Lake, BC

10/26 brentwood college, mill bay, bc

saint michael’s university school, delayed to april

pemberton secondary school, whistler, bc tba

10/29 central Middle school, victoria, bc

10/29 rock heights middle school, victoria, bc

10/30 cowichan secondary, cowichan valley, BC

11/2 coast mountain academy, squamish, bc

 11/14 San joaquin elementary, stockton, ca

11/14 san joaquin elementary parents, stockton, ca

11/19 Menlo school, atherton, ca

11/29 shoreline middle school and girls group live oak, ca

12/4 santa catalina school, monterey, ca

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.

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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 100 000 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, a 2018 European Tour 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 Oakland, California. It has been the greatest privilege of my life to stand in raw vulnerability before 500 girls at a time and share my insight. 

 

With open heart and warm light,