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Cyber Bullying Is Never Okay 

At our summer camp, we talk to the campers about bullying and practice ways they can deal with the situation should it arise. Bullying is a very real and serious issue, and cyber bullying can be especially difficult to handle. We try to teach the kids to have empathy for the bully- that often the bully is dealing with many serious issues that cause them to lash out. And while finding empathy can help us to deal with our anger and hurt, it doesn't excuse the behavior. We teach them that it is never, ever…

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See Beautiful Grant Finalist! 

We're so very excited to announce that Realize Your Beauty is a See Beautiful Grant Finalist!

What an honor to be featured along side such amazing organizations as: Every Woman Works, Inc.Empowered ReadersFriends To The Forlorn Pitbull RescuePaint LoveDiversify Dietetics, For Life, Inc.Aidan Cares, LOTUS Legal Clinic, Foster Care AllianceGrow Restored, Puppy Prodigies, Love Not Lost, Georgia Steppers League, YFC Maine, The Peaceful Project, and Care for AIDS.

See Beautiful is a wonderful…

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In Memoriam ~ We Honor Board Member Georgia Michalec 

In Memoriam 


Georgia Michalec 

It is with heavy hearts that we share the sad news that our friend and long time board member, Georgia Michalec, has passed away after a long illness. 

Georgia was the Board Treasurer for Realize Your Beauty, and in her time with the organization, she organized several large events in Stafford, CT, including Realize Your Beauty Day events for community youth (an evening of arts, activities and celebration), and a large scale fundraiser in support of…

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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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