A New Year’s REbeLution

I know this is a crazy time of year. We are all starting to wind down from the whirlwind of the holidays and prepare ourselves for the New Year ahead.  You may have already heard that 2013 has been a pivotal year for REbeL. We are reaching more youth than ever before and are truly seeing the impact the REbeL mission is having in our schools and community.

You see, our vision is a world in which individuals are valued for who they are rather than how they look. Can you picture this . . . a future in which people focus their energy and time on celebrating their strengths and giving their unique gifts to the world? A future in which the size of our clothing, or brand of our jeans, or how many “likes” we get on our most recent Instagram picture aren’t what define us?

When did the New Year’s resolution turn into a realization that you aren’t good enough so you need to do something to change your body?  I can’t tell you how many of my friends have commented over the last few days about 2014 being the year they “get into shape.”  Shape…it’s a funny word if you think about it. The standard definition of shape is “the outline of something’s form,” so…aren’t we all a shape?  Yet, for some reason we feel this tremendous pressure to have to get into a particular shape; one that is set forth by our society, by the media, by Hollywood, by marketers.

At REbeL, we arm the students with the tools they need to see past the smoke and mirrors of the media and marketing. They are smart. Really smart. They are everything I wish I could have been in high school and more importantly, as I was deciding my career path, in college. They are the new voice of reason in our society. They are making waves and changing the definition of beauty and health for every body.

We have two days left in 2013 and two days left in our year-end fundraising campaign. You may ask: “Why, of all the charitable causes out there, should I choose REbeL?” Here’s why:  we are not only shifting the way our culture views body image, we are shifting the mentality of the students who will soon be managing businesses, creating marketing campaigns, raising families, and having holidays with their kids while seeing the beauty in every shape, instead of overlooking it.  Negative body image and the belief that we are not “good enough” affect every person from every background in every corner of our community.  And the impact of this on our youth is staggering–from bullying to eating disorders to lowered academic achievement to suicide—all have a connection to the issues REbeL addresses.

We set a goal of $15,000 and we need your help reaching it. We have one day to show these REbeLs and those who will join our program in the future that they are worth it.

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They are worth passing up a few morning coffees or a dinner date out. They are the future.  A future in which individuals are valued for who they are rather than how they look. Visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/rebel-be-real and make a donation in support of REbeL today. As always, your donations are tax deductible and are at work here in Kansas City.

Be You. Be Real. Be a part of the Change.