BANA ROCKS INITIATIVE:
The BANA rocks initiative began in 2018, when crafty members of our staff developed creative rocks to gift to clients. These rocks were decorated with fun colors and positive messages, and served as a concrete reminder to practice gratitude, self-compassion and acceptance, and positive self-talk. Our clients loved these rocks, and requested we make more.
In 2019, BANA has decided to share this initiative with the entire community. We recognize that social media platforms are filled with messages about what we are not, what we should have or what we should be, and a lot of negative information/news. We want to see more positive messages on social media, especially given the influence these platforms have on today’s youth.
Our goal with the rock initiative is to inspire more positive messaging on social media feeds. The rocks are decorated by our staff, volunteers, and schools in the community. These rocks have positive messages written on them, and are hidden throughout the community of Windsor-Essex. A city-wide treasure hunt! Each rock instructs “finders” to take a creative picture of the rock, post it to their social media, and use the hashtag #BANABeYourself. Every “finder” that posts the rock will be sharing a positive message with all of their followers, and will have the opportunity to be featured on BANA’s own Instagram and website. We also hope that this initiative will inspire people to be outside, explore, and get active.
We acknowledge that many other communities and groups have created similar initiatives. Our stance is “the more the merrier” – there’s no limit to art, creativity, and positive influencing.
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