What is the Body-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.

The goals of the program are to:

  1. Provide a safe space on campus for students to share their stories and perspectives.

  2. Promote exposure to diverse perspectives through the sharing of discussion topics and ideas between peers and across school clubs.

  3. 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.

What will Body Banter clubs do?

Body Banter clubs are expected to meet once a week, or every two weeks. Club members will both contribute to and draw from the collaborative curriculum, a pool of discussion topics created by Body Banter clubs from different school communities.

Half of the sessions will be created by club members based on topics that are directly pertinent to their interests and added to the collaborative curriculum page for other school clubs re-use. The other half of the sessions will be chosen by members from the collaborative curriculum page, based on their interest in topics generated by other clubs.

Check out our collaborative curriculums here:

What are the responsibilities of club leaders?

Each month, student leaders will communicate with a virtual mentor on the Body Banter team to plan for 2-4 discussions. After each meeting, student leaders will write a summary to share on the Body Banter platform, which will become the “curriculums” for other clubs to follow.

What other cool things are Banter-bassadors in charge of?

Student leaders will also work with club members to develop action plans to raise awareness about body image issues in the school community (e.g. Organize campaigns and exhibitions) and encourage members to create their own advocacy projects on the Body Banter online platform (e.g. Column posts, podcasts).

See the pilot club at Duke University in action: 

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 either of these roles, or have any questions for us, please fill out the form below and our team will contact you as soon as possible! 

 

Please complete the form below: 

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