What is the Banter-Bassador program?
The Banter-Bassador program aims to recruit high-school and college-age students to become leaders for Body Banter clubs at their schools or communities.
The goals of the program are to:
Provide a safe space on campus for students to share their stories and perspectives.
Promote exposure to diverse perspectives through the sharing of discussion topics and ideas between peers and across school clubs.
Encourage curiosity and creative advocacy in club members by engaging them in curriculum design and idea generation for on-campus events aiming to open up the discussion about body image.
Why a student-centered approach?
EMPOWERMENT: Our student ambassadors who have experienced body image struggles in the past have shared that advocacy has been the most significant way to strengthen their recovery, because they have become role models for others who are struggling.
PROXIMITY TO THE COMMUNITY: As members of their campus communities, our student ambassadors know the needs of their communities best. They are therefore the most well-equipped to develop discussion curriculums that best serve the needs of their on-campus clubs.
What do Body Banter clubs do?
Our ambassadors lead group discussions in their schools or communities once a week, or once every two weeks.
Clubs will first complete the Banter Basics (a series of introductory modules covering key definitions and concepts) to get club members started on reflecting upon their body image experiences, acquire new knowledge, learn actionable skills to heal their relationships with food, movement and their bodies, and to begin their own advocacy journeys.
Once these modules are complete, club members will begin to create their own curriculums, contributing to the pool of topics in the collaborative curriculum, a pool of discussion topics created by Body Banter clubs from different school communities.
Club members can also choose to use curriculums designed by other Body Banter clubs from different campuses for their discussions.
Check out the Banter Basics modules here:
Check out our collaborative curriculums here:
What are the responsibilities of club leaders?
Lead weekly discussions: Communicate with club members to determine topics that are relevant/of interest.
Write meeting summaries: These topics and questions will contribute to the Collaborative Curriculum, and can be used by Body Banter groups from other campuses.
Plan monthly events: Plan on-campus events to raise awareness for body image issues/involve the greater school community in conversations about body image
Engage with the online platform: Write monthly columns and encourage members to start projects on the BB platform (podcasts, photo campaigns).
Share ideas and connect with other Banter-bassadors: Refresh the core modules regularly and share ideas for projects and events on the “Banter-bassadors Unite” closed Facebook page!
See our clubs in action:
Frequently asked questions:
Do Body Banter clubs have to be officially recognized by school authorities before meetings can be held?
No, they do not. The main goal of the Banter-bassador initiative is to encourage students to engage their peers in safe and informal discussions about body image issues and to work together to advocate for body acceptance, which can occur regardless of whether these communities are recognized as official clubs on campus. Simply gathering together with like-minded others to brainstorm ways to create positive change is more powerful than you can ever imagine! :)
If I am unable to start a club at my school, but would still like to participate in this initiative, what can I do?
You can request to join the closed Facebook group for ambassadors to stay updated on new advocacy projects, and/or join our team as a columnist! (Please fill out the form below to reach us!)
Help us make the program happen! We are currently looking for:
High school/college-age students who are interested in spearheading Body Banter groups at their schools
Individuals with personal or professional experience with body image/mental health/youth empowerment work (or other relevant fields) who are interested in helping out with curriculum development and program management.
If you are interested in participating in the Banter-bassador program, or have any questions for us, please fill out the form below and our team will contact you as soon as possible! :)