TRUTH AND HOPE By Erahm Christopher, Director of the TEEN TRUTH film series and TEEN TRUTH LIVE speaking series

It has been a year since TEEN TRUTH and HOPEWELL embarked on a creative and meaningful collaboration that has evolved into a powerful movement. The goals include providing more youth with the courage to voice their body image and self-esteem concerns, to challenge others to understand the truth about disordered eating behaviour and empower others to want change their lives and the lives of those suffering from body image and self-esteem issues.
The collaboration began with Hopewell agreeing to provide resources and capital to help produce the third instalment in the award winning TEEN TRUTH film series, TEEN TRUTH: BODY IMAGE & SELF ESTEEM. In just twelve months this film has been viewed by over 129,000 people across the United States and Canada and screened at several special events that have included panel discussions about body image and self esteem issues. Some of the events include a Hopewell Sponsored screening at the Ottawa Public Library in Ontario, Canada, the Kristin Watt Foundation sponsored screening at the University of Pacific in Stockton, California, and the Remuda Ranch sponsored screening at the Binge Eating Disorder Association Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, the film was acknowledged as a notable children’s video by the Association for Library Service to Children and screened at the Sacramento International Film Festival.
We are also excited to report that we are almost out of the pilot stages of our interactive TEEN TRUTH LIVE: BODY IMAGE & SELF ESTEEM school assembly experience. Our passionate speaker, Stephanie Armstrong, has already travelled across North America to screen the film and speak about her personal struggle with body image issues. She has told her story to parents, 6th – 12th grade students, juvenile hall inmates and educators with overwhelmingly positive results. One student at her last presentation at Mother Theresa High School in Ottawa stated this about Stephanie’s presentation, “your talk was the BEST talk I’ve ever gotten in my entire life.”
We are extremely proud of the film and our strong alliance with Hopewell. The organization’s commitment to provide knowledge and support to those affected by eating disorders is extremely inspiring and beneficial to many needing hope and assistance. We are grateful we found a way to work together to create an effective tool and a program that is building even more awareness and understand to the illness that affects so many.
We look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship with Hopewell and continue our mission to build this movement across Canada in order to make a difference in lives struggling with body image and self -esteem issues.

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