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RYB Founder Interviewed for Washington Post: Plastic Surgery App Petition 

Our Founder & Executive Director, Stacey Lorin Merkl, was interviewed for this article by the Washington Post. The interview was regarding the work Endangered Bodies International is doing to remove these damaging plastic surgery apps designed for children. As a member of Endangered Bodies NYC, she's working alongside 8 International Chapters that have been petitioning Google, Amazon and Apple to put more restrictions on these apps.

We're hoping the article will get the word out about the petition, and…

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Collaboration with Mt. Vernon Youth Bureau! 

Collaboration with Mt. Vernon Youth Bureau!

We are very pleased to be running a series of 12-workshops for Spring Semester with the GEM (Girls Embracing Maturity) Program in Mt. Vernon, NY.

We're so looking forward to working with the GEMs!





Announcing a Weight Watchers "Twitter-Takeover"! Are you in?? 


As many of you have seen, this past week Weight Watchers announced their plans for growth to reach 10 Million members and grow $2 Billion dollars in revenue. Along with this plan? Offering free memberships to teenagers (ages 13-17) this upcoming summer. We believe that we as professionals and advocates for eating disorders, body positivity, Health at Every Size & the anti-diet movement - we can and MUST shed a light on why this is so problematic! Join us for a Twitter Takeover TODAY at 12pm…

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Special Colorado Fundraiser: Chipolte! 

Colorado friends:

Please join us at the Arvada Chipotle on 53rd/Wadsworth, TODAY, Sunday- January 7th from 4-8pm for a Fundraiser!

Show this flyer when you check out, and 50% (!!!) of the proceeds will help benefit our programs!

**Keep the poster handy on your phone- remember to show this flyer when you check out!**

Thank you!

Please Support Realize Your Beauty on Giving Tuesday 


On this dedicated day of giving, we invite you to support us as we inspire young people to feel positive & confident in themselves! 

By supporting Realize Your Beauty, you will be making an impact in the lives of hundreds of students per year who take part in our school programs, special events and summer camps! 

Make your tax-deductible gift today and share your passion for empowering youth!


To mail a check- please make donations payable to: 

Realize Your Beauty,…

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Happy Body Confidence Day! 

Happy Body Confidence Day!

We're SO excited to celebrate today with The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)'s Twitter Chat!
Realize Your Beauty will be a panelist in today's discussion, alongside Iskra Lawrence, Matthew Koma and others.

TODAY on Twitter (10/17/17) 2-3PM EST- use #NEDAchat.
We'll be discussing body positivity, diverse role models, and self-care techniques.

Please join us!!


Girl Scouts Lead the Way for Body Positivity and Acceptance! 

The Girl Scouts just released a guide on how to address body image and fat shaming with your children and we're really happy to share! Lots of great advice in this article. We commend the Girl Scouts for taking on this topic so positively! Overall great article and we recommend for parents, teachers and mentors.

One highlight includes:

"Make sure she has positive body-image role models. Both the red carpet and the boardroom are becoming more diverse in terms of body size and shape, but girls might not see…

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RYB Summer Self Care Guide in 8 steps! By Catherine Weingarten 

This spring I finished my MFA in playwriting, so have been thinking a lot about “Self-care” and how you close one door and open another. How can you be ambitious and move on to your next step while also honoring that you’re a person who just finished something that was a lot of effort! At my writing program I focused so hard on deadlines and writing banging plays, that a lot of times self-care had to come second and that’s why the summer is a great opportunity to reconnect to myself and slow downnn. 


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