Bringing our mission to life in schools

Overview

We have developed an educational program that aims to build compassion and create inclusive spaces for students to appreciate their visible differences in and outside of the classroom. Love the Skin You Are In is an enriching experience for all students, and we would like to partner with your school to implement this program.

Program Objectives

We have programs developed for ages kindergarten through senior high.   Each program is customized according to student and educator needs. Young children benefit from being exposed to different kinds of skin they might see in their community.  Through education, we can remove the stigma that often surrounds skin conditions and increase compassion. Adolescents and teens can be increasingly body-conscious and perceive outward differences as weaknesses instead of strengths. This program creates a platform to help change that dialogue. We believe that everyone benefits from this message!

Why choose the “Love the Skin You’re In” program?

Our program was created by a respected Pediatric Dermatologist and Certified Child Life Specialist in Houston. Developing skin hygiene and understanding the largest organ in our body is paramount to maintaining healthy skin. One in five Americans are impacted by skin cancer in their lifetime and this type of education can help lead to prevention.  More than 20% of all children are affected by chronic skin conditions. The quality of life for these children and their families is markedly decreased compared to those who are not affected by skin conditions. This can manifest as low body positivity and self-esteem, as well as increased social and psychological impairment. There are common misconceptions in the community about skin conditions, and we are passionate about dismantling them. Our program emphasizes active participation through role-playing and community building by exploring avenues to show compassion. Although Love the Skin You Are In is a primarily dermatology-centered program, we strongly believe the message can be generalized to each of us and our unique individual differences.

Want to bring our program to your school?

We know this program can help your school and we'd love to tell you more!

Join our community

Do you or someone in your family have a skin disease or birthmark? Join us at an event, engage with us online, or learn about the many others ways to get involved in ACHFTS.

Make a donation

Please consider a one-time or monthly donation to help support future projects that will help even more children and teens love the skin they are in.