“Rewrite Beautiful gave me more knowledge on why people put their bodies through eating disorder and how I can help a friend if I see signs." – McKenzie, Student, Costa Mesa High School
One in four girls has an eating disorder. Eating Disorders are the most deadly of all mental illnesses with 95% of those who have eating disorders between the ages of 12 and 25. Rewrite Beautiful prevents eating disorders through education. Using a photo-documentary, Q&A panel and real life stories Rewrite Beautiful dispels myths about eating disorders. We are proven effective in the field of starting a conversation about this taboo subject and creatively changing how girls see beauty in themselves. Our goal is in the absence of obsessing over their bodies girls can cultivate their passion and talents to change their communities for the good. See for yourself what we do in our school programs in the video below.
To host a Rewrite Beautiful assembly there is a $900 assembly fee. Place all booking inquiries on this page or email getinvolved@RewriteBeautiful.org for more information.
“The American Psychological Association has found in recent years that self-objectification has become a national epidemic, a national problem. The more women and girls self-objectify, the more likely they are to be depressed, to have eating disorders. They have lower confidence. They have lower ambition. They have lower cognitive functioning. They have lower GPAs. How does this connect to women and leadership? Women who are high self-objectifiers have lower political efficacy. Political efficacy is the idea that your voice matters in politics, and that you can bring about change in politics. So if we have a whole generation of young people being raised where women’s objectification is just par for the course , that it’s normal, it’s okay, we have a whole generation of women who are less likely to run for office and less likely to vote." - Caroline Heldman, PhD, Occidental College
Read about the latest eating disorder statistics HERE on our website.
Rewrite Beautiful School Program
Photo-documentary telling the stories of five women who have struggled with an eating disorder
Live eating disorder testimony with students
Q&A panel answering students questions about eating disorders, warning signs, where to get help, how to talk to a friend etc...
Dispelling myths and rumors about eating disorders
A creative approach to changing how students see beauty into actions of creativity kindness and strength
90% of students say they know more about eating disorders after a Rewrite Beautiful school program
80% feel more confident approaching a friend about their behavior and helping them find help
70% can name a free resource to get help
School programs are 60 - 80 minutes (depending on the size of the school / group and needs)
Each program comes with Rewrite cards for each student, Rewrite Beautiful wristbands for Q&A participants and a Rewrite Beautiful poster for the school
About Speaker, Irvina Kanarek
Founder / Executive Director of Rewrite Beautiful
Spoken to over 3000 students
Writer and speaker on eating disorders for the The Victorian - Eating Disorder Rehab
Worked as a counselor in an eating disorder rehab
International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals
Daily Pilot Hall of Fame for service to youth and communities - 2012
Author of How To: Rewrite Beautiful
Take a look at what some faculty, students, parents and workshop participants have said about Irvina’s assemblies:
"Irvina It was so great meeting you last night! You really are such an inspiration and hearing your testimony was so encouraging. God really spoke truth to me last night through you. It is so crazy how God made our paths cross-i know He really wanted us to meet. Recovering from this eating disorder has been so painful and scary for me. Some days I just feel so hopeless and I just want it to be over. I don't have support from my parents and have felt so alone in this. Meeting you last night reminded me that God has His hand working in my life and that things will not always be this way. I cannot express how thankful I am for your beautiful heart and passion for recovery." – J.S., College student in eating disorder recovery
"It was so wonderful having you visit my classroom and talk to my students on Tuesday. The students were back in Room 8 today and everyone was looking at the Rewrite Beautiful wall and reading the things kids wrote as their Creativity, Kindness and Strength as they came in today. What a BEAUTIFUL idea you had to do those displays and leave them behind with the kids when you go! I am so impressed by the work that you do with young people and my prayer is that your influence and reach to heal young hearts and bodies will expand throughout your lifetime. I look forward to seeing you at Ensign again soon." – Barbara Wagner, Teacher, Ensign Jr. High School
"Rewrite Beautiful was both informative and touching. The women who spoke to us shared their stories and were very open to our questions, as a group we also shared different characteristics about ourselves that made us beautiful. After the assembly I found that I began to picture myself in a different way rather than just my appearance." – Alyssa Dasca, Junior Student, Costa Mesa High School
"I brought Rewrite Beautiful in because I felt that the subject matter was so important to be presented to middle and high school students. I want my girls to be confident and high positive body images, I know how hard high school can be and how stressed the girls get at times, I wanted to give them any opportunity I can to make sure they know help is out there and they are not alone, if any type of situation arises for them." – Kori Johnson, Cheerleading Coach, Costa Mesa High School
“What made me desire to have the message of Rewrite Beautiful taught to my students was that in all of my years as a student and as a teacher I have never heard the message Rewrite Beautiful delivers; beauty is not what the world says is beautiful, it is our actions; the things that we tend to overlook. We each bring so much to the world, it doesn’t have to do with how we look on the outside, but what is different about each one of us and how we can embrace that and each bring something magnificent to the table with our beautiful selves! My students still talk about the day Irvina came to make Rewrite Beautiful art with them. Thank you Rewrite Beautiful for showing them that each one of them is beautiful in their own ways, something they can keep with them forever!” – Jenna Duarte, Administrator, Whittier Christian School, Whittier, CA
"Thank you for the incredible Vision and Street Art Workshop you presented to Women of Pride Saturday. YOU inspired us! YOU gave us a purpose! YOU presented a solution! We loved YOU! Thank you for your dedication and giving nature to help others. It is commendable. YOU inspired us all! We love you! Women of Pride love you!" – Cathy Thomas “CT”, Mother, Women of Pride Club, Newport Beach, CA
"Thank you for sharing Rewrite Beautiful with us! The workshop was fun and the project was thought provoking. Irvina is awesome, her concept is brave and expansive. She has really 'stepped out of the box'. Her vision is huge and important....I love her ability to trust the universe with her intentions and to 'go for it'."
The Street Art teacher was amazing, I really loved the process he showed us.... more of a cerebral approach toward art than I usually take. I really enjoyed the journey and it gave me a new way to approach art with both sides of my brain engaged. The girl who shared her testimony showed incredible empathy and compassion; so heartfelt. I think the three of them make a perfect team for such an important mission. – Amanda Karnes, Student, Women of Pride Club, Santa Monica, CA
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Photo Documentary Trailer
The best way to bring a Rewrite Beautiful school program to your school is by getting your school PTA and/ or school board to fund the visit. If funds are still limited we suggest the following 8 ways to fundraise to bring Rewrite Beautiful to your school:
Share Rewrite Beautiful with another school in your area on the same day. The Rewrite Beautiful program fee is cut in HALF for your school if you share Rewrite Beautiful with another school. Rewrite Beautiful can speak at your school in the morning, a neighboring school in the afternoon and then catch a flight home. Rewrite Beautiful speaks to more students, you save money…it's a win for everyone. Rewrite Beautiful is super easy to promote to other schools and decision makers…just forward them a link to www.RewriteBeautiful.org and share your plan.
Ask your school administration for funding from the Associated Student Body fund. For teacher in-service programs, ask about Staff Development -- Title VI funding.
Plan to integrate and highlight Rewrite Beautiful into a major theme such as Heath Week, National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Women’s History Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, International Women’s Day, Health day, etc. Depending on your theme, federal grant money might be available. For example, Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) might approve a funding request for a speaker who addresses alcohol and drug prevention, sexual abstinence, tobacco use, teen pregnancy, gangs, crime and violence prevention. Check with your school district or federal government office to find out who is dispensing these funds in your state. Request an application form.
Apply for other grant monies from your state by contacting your State Department of Human Services and State Department of Education. They can direct you to the correct office - for example, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division. Contact other local agencies in your county that already have grant monies from state agencies. For example, the Criminal Justice Department or Department of Public Safety might have distributed funds into mental health agencies or programs for mentoring youth, etc.
Contact your school's PTO/PTA. Share your plans with them. They are more likely to contribute funds if your plan is well thought out.
Student Leaders contact local business organizations: Rotary Club, Kiwanis, Lions Club, Elks, Chamber of Commerce. Present your plan and request their sponsorship.
Create a win-win situation. Contact several of your larger local businesses, especially those related to services for teens and their families such as rehabilitation centers, etc.. Ask for the owner, CEO or Community Services Department. If they are willing to help sponsor the speaker, you can exchange the favor by announcing their support to your students and parents.
Invite multiple clubs on campus to participate and help in a fund raising project. A cooperative effort helps students collaborate and learn about the realities of time and effort in acquiring funding in the real world.