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$230
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The Body Positive joined the movement to help people heal from debilitating negative body image in 1996. We go way back! We are now a small, dedicated 501c(3) nonprofit based in the legendary hub for social change, Berkeley, California. We teach people how to reconnect to their innate body wisdom so they can have more balanced, joyful self-care, and a relationship with their whole selves that is guided by love, forgiveness, and humor. Doesn't that sound like something you want to be part of? 

OUR MISSION AND MORE


The Body Positive is creating a world in which people value their unique identities and are liberated from self-hatred so they can optimize their energy and intellect to make positive changes in their own lives, communities, and beyond.

We live what we teach. The Body Positive founders, staff, volunteers, and interns practice the Be Body Positive Model’s five core Competencies personally and want to see our mission actualized for greater social change. Your ongoing support is crucial.

OUR GRATITUDE 


Every dollar counts. We are sincerely grateful for your support of our work. We are excited to offer bonuses available only on Patreon as an additional expression of our gratitude. Our hope is to create a truly engaged community of people. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for believing that there is a better way to live in our bodies and we are committed to doing the work that needs to be done to move change forward.

OUR PEOPLE


Connie Sobczak and Elizabeth Scott, MSW, founded The Body Positive because of their shared passion to create a lively, healing community that offers freedom from suffocating societal messages that keep people in a perpetual struggle with their bodies. Connie’s experience with an eating disorder in her teen years and the death of her sister Stephanie inspired her life’s work to improve the self-image of youth and adults. She founded The Body Positive in honor of her sister, and to ensure that her daughter Carmen and other children would grow up in a new world—one where people can focus on the things in life that really matter. Elizabeth has been practicing psychotherapy for over 25 years, specializing in eating disorders treatment. She is committed to The Body Positive’s work because it brings great meaning to her life when she can help people leave body hatred behind and become free to focus on their precious life purpose.

Director of Programs and Communications, Naomi Finkelstein
Naomi is a Chicago-raised Jill-of-all-trades. She has over a decade of experience in the field of education and has worked professionally as an actor, writer, yoga instructor, and artist. She started volunteering with The Body Positive in 2014 and is now the Director of Programs and Communications. She proudly lives in a large body and loves sharing The Body Positive message with people of all ages, but especially with youth. You can check out her Body Positive inspired artwork on Etsy at UniqueBeautyDesigns.

Associate Director, MD Spicer-Sitzes
MD comes with a background in organizing, systems thinking, intersectional research and higher education. They are former site director for The Bridge Program at Antioch University, co-founder of the L.A. Co-op Lab and the current volunteer Director of Operations for Building Allies, an organization that facilitates training for professionals, adults, and youth who want to become active allies to transgender and genderqueer communities. MD holds an M.A. in Urban Sustainability, and believes in equity for LGBTQ+ people everywhere, starting with how we experience life in our own unique body. 

WHY


At The Body Positive we train a diverse group of people; people of different races, from different cultures, and everyone across the gender, age, and mobility spectrum. We educate students, professionals, and the general public. In 2018, in response to global demand, we will launch an online access portal to our proprietary tools, resources, and courses so they will be affordable and accessible to all.

Your participation in our Patreon will help us develop these course and publish them at an affordable cost.

Our work is informed by every precious soul who has honored us by sharing their unique experience. We have made a commitment to telling our own stories, and offering space for others to do the same without fear of judgment, comparison, or criticism. It is in this type of environment that each one of us can find what we need to become embodied: to tell our own truth and step fully into—and love—our unique intersectional selves.

Sustainability shouldn’t just be a buzzword, it’s the viability you provide us with each and every month through your ongoing support, making you a major part of this movement right alongside us.

Only 7.5% of all grant funding goes to organizations that support women and girls. While we are an organization for all genders, we note that many of our Be Body Positive leaders and the people they work with identify as women, and this is a reason that we are sometimes passed over for funding. As a woman-led, multicultural, and all-gender-affirming organization, it is crucial that we be visible!

Your monthly membership with The Body Positive allows us to stay autonomous while maintaining the integrity of our mission and message and remaining loyal to you, our community of donors. Your donation on Patreon will transform cash into actualized time that we will use to develop and implement projects that move us all forward. This work is about all of us - the liberation of the individual is tied up in the liberation of the collective.

WHAT WE'LL DO WITH YOUR ONGOING DONATION


In the next few months, we are working to build, test, and launch our online course for mental health professionals first, to be followed shortly thereafter by a course for the greater public. The course will be interactive, with depth and meaning to immerse people in our research-based Be Body Positive Model. The next step will be to create an online training, which will allow professionals who are already familiar with the work through the first course, to take the next step and become Licensed Body Positive Facilitators. With our Be Body Positive curriculum in their hands, these practitioners and professionals around the globe will be able to bring the Model to their communities. Our aim is to enroll 100,000 people in the course by 2020 and we can only do that with your help.

Increase our This is Beauty campaign and expand our social media reach so that we can get more information, interviews, and powerful tools to you. Right now we have a beautiful start, with almost ten thousand likes on Facebook alone. We need our reach to continue to expand so that more and more people will receive the message that they are worthy of love, respect, and happiness, just as they are in this moment!

More videos and collaborations with local professionals to make more amazing and inspiring content for you, and quality videos for our upcoming online courses, too.
• Work with our web developer to continue to improve our website and SEO optimization so that when people look up The Body Positive, we come up first.

Work with our web developer to continue to improve our website and SEO optimization so that when people look up The Body Positive, we come up first.

Self-publish the book of our co-founder’s daughter, Carmen Sobczak! As the person for whom The Body Positive was created, Carmen grew up surrounded by self-loving individuals. When she got to college, she realized that not everyone was as lucky as she was...Carmen has so much to offer college students with her expertise and we are dedicated to publishing the book in a way that will allow us to stay true to ourselves and the work--you deserve nothing less!

Tiers
Health Reclaiming Heroes
$3 or more per month 5 patrons
Our love, sincere gratitude and a happy dance! We wouldn’t be here without you. When we get your donation each month we promise to do a happy dance around the office just for you. You'll also get a Patreon-only feed that offers an extra special post each month. 
Intuitive Self-Care Pros
$10 or more per month 4 patrons
Unlock this level and get discounts for our brand new online store, plus the rewards above! 
Self-Love Warriors
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
Receive a discount for our long-anticipated online course! You will experience the five Competencies of the Be Body Positive Model at a reduced rate, plus all previous rewards.
Authentic Beauty Champions
$50 or more per month 2 patrons
Support at this level and get a shoutout on our Patreon Donor Gratitude page on our website, thanking you for your support and commitment to the work. We will even link to  your website if you like. We’ll also surprise you at some point during your membership with a Love Your Body, Live Your LIfe Body Positive t-shirt, and you'll also get all previous rewards!
Bad-Ass Community Builders
$100 or more per month 1 patron
Support at this level and get a signed copy of Embody, written by The Body Positive’s Executive Director, Connie Sobczak for yourself, and a second copy to gift to someone else. You'll also get two personal 30 minute calls over the course of a year with our Director of Programs and Communications Naomi or our Associate Director MD, addressing the question or topic of your choice as related to our work, plus all rewards above! 
Body Positive Revolutionaries
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
Unlock inspiring videos featuring longtime members of our community, sharing their experiences in incorporating the Competencies into their lives. We’ll provide examples and ideas for using the Be Body Positive model for use in your own life. You’ll also receive an invitation to a twice yearly patreon-only hangout with our Executive Director Connie Sobczak. Learn from the woman who started it all while sharing your own experiences and hopes for this work. If you are local to the Bay Area, come party with us in person! If you’re located elsewhere, you’ll be invited to join the exclusive live-stream. 
Goals
$230 of $1,000 per month
We love what we do! We love how big The Body Positive community is becoming. The time is now to continue the momentum. We need your support to continue creating cutting-edge curriculum and to produce outstanding video and web content for you and future leaders. This monthly goal helps cover the raw costs of editing, production, development and more. Your support will help bring mass visibility to the true Body Positive movement that celebrates and honors people in all bodies. We aim to take The Body Positive from a grassroots nonprofit in Berkeley to a global network of like-minded professionals, educators, and activists. We also want to continue to provide scholarships to our events, building equity into each and every room we fill. At The Body Positive, we believe that if we aren't working with you then we aren't doing our work. Your support at any level makes a huge difference towards creating a world where people can be free from the constraints of body shame and social injustice. This will allow so many to make the strides needed towards a better planet for us all.
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The Body Positive joined the movement to help people heal from debilitating negative body image in 1996. We go way back! We are now a small, dedicated 501c(3) nonprofit based in the legendary hub for social change, Berkeley, California. We teach people how to reconnect to their innate body wisdom so they can have more balanced, joyful self-care, and a relationship with their whole selves that is guided by love, forgiveness, and humor. Doesn't that sound like something you want to be part of? 

OUR MISSION AND MORE


The Body Positive is creating a world in which people value their unique identities and are liberated from self-hatred so they can optimize their energy and intellect to make positive changes in their own lives, communities, and beyond.

We live what we teach. The Body Positive founders, staff, volunteers, and interns practice the Be Body Positive Model’s five core Competencies personally and want to see our mission actualized for greater social change. Your ongoing support is crucial.

OUR GRATITUDE 


Every dollar counts. We are sincerely grateful for your support of our work. We are excited to offer bonuses available only on Patreon as an additional expression of our gratitude. Our hope is to create a truly engaged community of people. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for believing that there is a better way to live in our bodies and we are committed to doing the work that needs to be done to move change forward.

OUR PEOPLE


Connie Sobczak and Elizabeth Scott, MSW, founded The Body Positive because of their shared passion to create a lively, healing community that offers freedom from suffocating societal messages that keep people in a perpetual struggle with their bodies. Connie’s experience with an eating disorder in her teen years and the death of her sister Stephanie inspired her life’s work to improve the self-image of youth and adults. She founded The Body Positive in honor of her sister, and to ensure that her daughter Carmen and other children would grow up in a new world—one where people can focus on the things in life that really matter. Elizabeth has been practicing psychotherapy for over 25 years, specializing in eating disorders treatment. She is committed to The Body Positive’s work because it brings great meaning to her life when she can help people leave body hatred behind and become free to focus on their precious life purpose.

Director of Programs and Communications, Naomi Finkelstein
Naomi is a Chicago-raised Jill-of-all-trades. She has over a decade of experience in the field of education and has worked professionally as an actor, writer, yoga instructor, and artist. She started volunteering with The Body Positive in 2014 and is now the Director of Programs and Communications. She proudly lives in a large body and loves sharing The Body Positive message with people of all ages, but especially with youth. You can check out her Body Positive inspired artwork on Etsy at UniqueBeautyDesigns.

Associate Director, MD Spicer-Sitzes
MD comes with a background in organizing, systems thinking, intersectional research and higher education. They are former site director for The Bridge Program at Antioch University, co-founder of the L.A. Co-op Lab and the current volunteer Director of Operations for Building Allies, an organization that facilitates training for professionals, adults, and youth who want to become active allies to transgender and genderqueer communities. MD holds an M.A. in Urban Sustainability, and believes in equity for LGBTQ+ people everywhere, starting with how we experience life in our own unique body. 

WHY


At The Body Positive we train a diverse group of people; people of different races, from different cultures, and everyone across the gender, age, and mobility spectrum. We educate students, professionals, and the general public. In 2018, in response to global demand, we will launch an online access portal to our proprietary tools, resources, and courses so they will be affordable and accessible to all.

Your participation in our Patreon will help us develop these course and publish them at an affordable cost.

Our work is informed by every precious soul who has honored us by sharing their unique experience. We have made a commitment to telling our own stories, and offering space for others to do the same without fear of judgment, comparison, or criticism. It is in this type of environment that each one of us can find what we need to become embodied: to tell our own truth and step fully into—and love—our unique intersectional selves.

Sustainability shouldn’t just be a buzzword, it’s the viability you provide us with each and every month through your ongoing support, making you a major part of this movement right alongside us.

Only 7.5% of all grant funding goes to organizations that support women and girls. While we are an organization for all genders, we note that many of our Be Body Positive leaders and the people they work with identify as women, and this is a reason that we are sometimes passed over for funding. As a woman-led, multicultural, and all-gender-affirming organization, it is crucial that we be visible!

Your monthly membership with The Body Positive allows us to stay autonomous while maintaining the integrity of our mission and message and remaining loyal to you, our community of donors. Your donation on Patreon will transform cash into actualized time that we will use to develop and implement projects that move us all forward. This work is about all of us - the liberation of the individual is tied up in the liberation of the collective.

WHAT WE'LL DO WITH YOUR ONGOING DONATION


In the next few months, we are working to build, test, and launch our online course for mental health professionals first, to be followed shortly thereafter by a course for the greater public. The course will be interactive, with depth and meaning to immerse people in our research-based Be Body Positive Model. The next step will be to create an online training, which will allow professionals who are already familiar with the work through the first course, to take the next step and become Licensed Body Positive Facilitators. With our Be Body Positive curriculum in their hands, these practitioners and professionals around the globe will be able to bring the Model to their communities. Our aim is to enroll 100,000 people in the course by 2020 and we can only do that with your help.

Increase our This is Beauty campaign and expand our social media reach so that we can get more information, interviews, and powerful tools to you. Right now we have a beautiful start, with almost ten thousand likes on Facebook alone. We need our reach to continue to expand so that more and more people will receive the message that they are worthy of love, respect, and happiness, just as they are in this moment!

More videos and collaborations with local professionals to make more amazing and inspiring content for you, and quality videos for our upcoming online courses, too.
• Work with our web developer to continue to improve our website and SEO optimization so that when people look up The Body Positive, we come up first.

Work with our web developer to continue to improve our website and SEO optimization so that when people look up The Body Positive, we come up first.

Self-publish the book of our co-founder’s daughter, Carmen Sobczak! As the person for whom The Body Positive was created, Carmen grew up surrounded by self-loving individuals. When she got to college, she realized that not everyone was as lucky as she was...Carmen has so much to offer college students with her expertise and we are dedicated to publishing the book in a way that will allow us to stay true to ourselves and the work--you deserve nothing less!

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Tiers
Health Reclaiming Heroes
$3 or more per month 5 patrons
Our love, sincere gratitude and a happy dance! We wouldn’t be here without you. When we get your donation each month we promise to do a happy dance around the office just for you. You'll also get a Patreon-only feed that offers an extra special post each month. 
Intuitive Self-Care Pros
$10 or more per month 4 patrons
Unlock this level and get discounts for our brand new online store, plus the rewards above! 
Self-Love Warriors
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
Receive a discount for our long-anticipated online course! You will experience the five Competencies of the Be Body Positive Model at a reduced rate, plus all previous rewards.
Authentic Beauty Champions
$50 or more per month 2 patrons
Support at this level and get a shoutout on our Patreon Donor Gratitude page on our website, thanking you for your support and commitment to the work. We will even link to  your website if you like. We’ll also surprise you at some point during your membership with a Love Your Body, Live Your LIfe Body Positive t-shirt, and you'll also get all previous rewards!
Bad-Ass Community Builders
$100 or more per month 1 patron
Support at this level and get a signed copy of Embody, written by The Body Positive’s Executive Director, Connie Sobczak for yourself, and a second copy to gift to someone else. You'll also get two personal 30 minute calls over the course of a year with our Director of Programs and Communications Naomi or our Associate Director MD, addressing the question or topic of your choice as related to our work, plus all rewards above! 
Body Positive Revolutionaries
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
Unlock inspiring videos featuring longtime members of our community, sharing their experiences in incorporating the Competencies into their lives. We’ll provide examples and ideas for using the Be Body Positive model for use in your own life. You’ll also receive an invitation to a twice yearly patreon-only hangout with our Executive Director Connie Sobczak. Learn from the woman who started it all while sharing your own experiences and hopes for this work. If you are local to the Bay Area, come party with us in person! If you’re located elsewhere, you’ll be invited to join the exclusive live-stream.