Join Born This Way Foundation Youth Reporter Perri Easley in conversation with Cynthia Germanotta, for an inspiring evening filled with personal stories about the power of kindness. Since its founding in 2012, Born This Way Foundation has collected empowering stories from young people around the world who found their inner strength, prevailed in the face of bullies, started their own social movements, and decided to break through the mental health stigma. Readers will get an intimate look at some of these stories collected in CHANNEL KINDNESS as well as the chance to hear directly from Perri Easley and Cynthia as they reflect on their own experiences defined by kindness and resilience.
For Lady Gaga, kindness is the driving force behind everything she says and does.
The quiet power of kindness can change the way we view one another, our communities, and even ourselves. She embodies this mission, and through her work, brings more kindness into our world every single day.
Lady Gaga has always believed in the importance of being yourself, being kind to yourself, and being kind to others, no matter who they are or where they come from. With that sentiment in mind, she and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, founded Born This Way Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the world a kinder and braver place. Through the years, they've collected stories of kindness, bravery and resilience from young people all over the world, proving that kindness truly is the universal language. And now, we invite you to read these stories and follow along as each and every young author finds their voice just as Lady Gaga has found hers.
Within these pages, you’ll meet young changemakers who found their inner strength, who prevailed in the face of bullies, who started their own social movements, who decided to break through the mental health stigma and share how they felt, who created safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth, and who have embraced kindness with every fiber of their being by helping others without the expectation of anything in return.
In one story, you’ll read about a young person with an autoimmune disease, who after being bullied at school, learned how to practice self-love and started an organization with the mission of educating others about the importance of self-love, too; and in another story, you’ll meet a young person who decided to start a movement to help eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health and encouraged others to talk about their feelings openly and honestly, a reminder that kindness and mental wellness go hand in hand.
Not only were we moved by these individual acts of kindness, but we were also touched by the many stories of organizations, neighborhoods, and entire communities that fully dedicated themselves to helping those in need and found new, innovative ways to make our world a kinder and braver place.
Individually and collectively, these stories prove that kindness not only saves lives but builds community. Kindness is inclusion, it is pride, it is empathy, it is compassion, it is self-respect and it is the guiding light to love. Kindness is always transformational, and its never-ending ripples result in even more kind acts that can change our lives, our communities, and our world.
Cynthia Bissett Germanotta is president and co-founder of Born This Way Foundation, which she launched with her daughter Lady Gaga in 2012. Born This Way Foundation supports the mental health and wellness of young people, empowering them to build a kinder, braver world. Under Cynthia's leadership, BTWF has reached hundreds of thousands of young people across the country and around the world, launched innovative youth-focused programming such as teen Mental Health First Aid, and conducted cutting-edge research to improve the understanding of mental wellness and the impact of kindness.
Perri Easley is currently a freshman at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where she actively participates in a plethora of in-school and outside-of-school activities with a focus on social justice, foreign language, civic engagement, and community service. At Wesleyan, Perri serves on the board for the Wesleyan Democrats and works for the University's Fries Center for Global Studies. She also uses her spare time as a proponent of mental health awareness, volunteering for organizations like the Crisis Textline and participating in mental wellness speaking engagements. She was most recently a featured Storyteller at the 2019 Peace of Mind Storytellers Event in Providence, Rhode Island. At Wesleyan, Perri plans to study French, Film, Political Science, and continue her mental health advocacy.