With the $100K Aerie Real Foundation™ Signature Grant given to them last year, the Campus Warriors program has grown by an additional 43 Warriors to 300 total across 173 campuses in 45 states!

Aerie will host a Body Experience workshop for Campus Warriors. The workshop will help them to confront unrealistic appearance ideals and develop healthy body image and self-esteem.

The Aerie Real Foundation™ works to build confidence in women, foster an inclusive community, and protect our planet to make the world a better place for all. We’re awarding our first $100,000 Aerie Real Change Signature Grant to NEDA Campus Warriors!

Aerie is a proud supporter of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). We’ve been passionate about this cause since 2014. Now, we’re excited to share our first grant to fund Campus Warriors, a new initiative to raise eating disorders awareness on 70 college campuses and in 7 high schools.

We caught up with two Campus Warriors to talk about the program!

Meet & Hear From Kayla!

On college campuses, eating disorders often thrive in silence. That is why I find spreading eating disorder awareness on campuses so important, and exactly why I decided to hold my first NEDA walk at Furman University. All the money that was donated will go towards nationally raising awareness, funding research, as well as providing resources to those who need it the most. While the money raised goes to a great cause, the most rewarding part for me was letting other students know that they are not alone and to not give up hope. Beginning at age 11, I had struggled with an eating disorder all the way through high school and often felt isolated. When I attended a NEDA walk back in 2016, I felt so full of hope. I shared my story so that others may also find their voice. The most pivotal moment in my journey with NEDA is when I heard that one of the walk attendees decided it was time they pursue treatment. That takes so much courage, and I am so proud of them as well as myself for having influenced such a decision. 

The most rewarding part for me was letting other students know that they are not alone and to not give up hope.

Kayla

Meet & Hear From Jess

I hold the NEDA Campus Warrior program close to my heart for many reasons. I have gone through my own recovery process and I want anyone struggling to know freedom from disordered eating and eating disorders does exist. NEDA has given me a platform to share this message. Education and advocacy are most important to my mission on campus. 

I prioritize speaking to students about the warning signs of eating disorders/disordered eating, how to support loved ones struggling, and shedding light around stereotypes of eating disorders. I find that most people have no idea how to be supportive around these issues, and basic education can change things. We have also connected with different organizations on campus to raise awareness such as Greek Life. 

This program has given me an opportunity to live out my passion, and let others know they are not alone.

JESS

Being a Campus Warrior is huge for me because everyone knows someone who is struggling. Eating disorders do not discriminate and are much more common than you might think. This program has given me an opportunity to live out my passion, and let others know they are not alone. I have had the privilege of being one of the first Campus Warriors, and am excited to see the impact we can have!

Are you interested in becoming a Campus Warrior? Email campuswarriors@nationaleatingdisorders.org to learn more and get started.

Are you making Real Change? We want to fund you! 

Aerie wants to support your non-profit organization with up to $10,000 in an Aerie Real Change Community Grant. Apply for a grant from the Aerie Real Foundation™ today! 

Aerie Real Change Community Grants are open for consideration for registered United States 501(c)(3) organizations that are focused on confidence, inclusivity or sustainability.  

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  1. Ashley Hardman

    Hello, My name is Ashley and I am with The University of Iowa’s Alpha Phi. We have a large philanthropy event coming up at the end of February, Red Dress Gala, where our goal is to raise money and awareness for women’s heart health. I am emailing you because we are in need of charitable donations to raffle off and we would love your partnership with this. All proceeds of the event/raffle directly benefit women’s heart health. Please let me know if you are interested in donating or have any further questions! Thank you!

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