BFF: Bully-Free Forum is a toolkit-based project to raise awareness and prevention of bullying based on body image, especially among APA girls and teens. OCA-GLA will created a youth-oriented guide to starting positive body image and anti-bullying movements on school campuses, e.g. ask a teacher to be an advisor, ask a local organization to assist with training, examining media portrayals and beauty ideals vs. reality, etc. The guide will also include resource sheets that will cover how to talk about body image, self-esteem, and teasing/bullying; how to be more than a bystander, and how to engage parents, school staff, and community members in the movement. This information will be collected from scholarly and trusted sources and then tailored to the target audience.
OCA-GLA want female AAPI youth to understand the emotional effects of bullying and how to find support from professionals, friends, and family. This toolkit is a resource for all, as bullying is not limited to female AAPI youth. Through conversations about self-identity, cultural identity, and body image, we help alleviate the emotional toll of bullying. Our hope is to create a safe space for sharing experiences, engaging in restorative dialogue, and prevent bullying.