Lady Gaga Launches Born This Way Foundation (BTWF) Focused on Youth Empowerment

Seriously, who doesn't love Lady GaGa?  She has done so much to help youth realize that it is okay to be themselves in every aspect of their lives from what they believe to how they choose to express themselves through fashion.  Case in point, my 6 year old...

Well today, 18 youth leaders selected from various California communities by The California Endowment take part in the official launch of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation (BTWF).  Lady GaGa's ambitious new effort places the focus on empowering youth to be leaders and advocates in their communities.  Can we love this chick anymore than we already do?

Lady Gaga’s mother, Cynthia Germanotta, is leading the Born This Way Foundation which has partnered with the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The California Endowment and The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard to explore the best ways to reach youth and create a new culture of kindness, bravery, acceptance and empowerment.  BTWF,  is a non-profit charitable organization, that will address issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development through research, education and advocacy.

During the Born This Way launch event today, California youth will take part in training to learn how to advance social change through digital and social media advocacy, and will be posting multimedia content live throughout the day of the event.  The youth also join in a Harvard-sponsored youth summit titled “Prevent Bullying, Create Caring Communities” involving more than a hundred young people from Boston and other communities.  California youth also will tour the Harvard University campus.

“We are thrilled to welcome this courageous group of California youth to the official launch of the Born This Way Foundation," said Cynthia Germanotta. She added,  "The bravery and leadership they've demonstrated in helping prioritize community health issues in their neighborhoods and schools is exactly what we hope to inspire across the country."

The California youth delegation will be accompanied by California Endowment CEO Robert K. Ross, who believes strongly in the importance of youth leadership in advocating for improved community health.

The foundation’s launch day at Harvard will culminate in a keynote address by Lady Gaga, who will be joined by Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Deepak Chopra, U.S Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and other luminaries committed to the ideals of the Born This Way Foundation to “lead youth into a braver new society where each individual is accepted and loved as the person they were born to be.”

You can watch Lady GaGa's livestreamed keynote online!!

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