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Art students Hung I-chen, Guo Yi-hui, and Cheng Yu-ti collected polluted water from 100 locations in Taiwan + preserved their creations in polyester resin. The project is intended to spread awareness about water pollution.

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Thanks to the advice and mentorship from a health services teacher, Krista – a high school student who spent a large amount of time in the foster system – was empowered to go to college.

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Disability advocate Rachel Kolb shares her experiences being deaf and how we can all live in a more inclusive world.

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For some people with disabilities, surfing and enjoying the water can be difficult. Operation Beach Head provides adventurous and safe sports for individuals with disabilities, making sure that all ocean-lovers can surf. 

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No Limits for Deaf Children helps deaf and hard of hearing students learn with confidence in a fun and creative setting. This non-profit proves that with the right support children can do anything, sometimes even proving their own teachers wrong.

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A community of young people come together to learn Muay Thai, a national sport and martial art, also known as Thai boxing. Alto Peru is transforming the lives of children in Chorrillos.

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Step inside the Intention Room at Roosevelt High School – a safe space that aims to reshape school culture into a healing space – where students feel loved, encouraged, and empowered.

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When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Brian Taylor traveled across the country, offering free grooming services to struggling pet parents and connecting people through the love of dogs.  

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At the Italian Home for Children in Massachusetts, music specialist Joel Sindelar volunteers his time helping kids reconnect with curiosity and joy through music.

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Troubled by the rise of anti-Asian sentiment during the pandemic, Maki’ilei Ishihara created “Poi Dog,” an animated video poem celebrating multiracial heritage. 

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These volunteers completed the world’s largest meditation hall – named Heartfulnesss –  in only four days. Despite having no supervisor, set schedule, nor wages, this group of young people proved that when people find fulfillment in giving, everyone gains. 

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As members of the AAPI community are being violently attacked due to racism and xenophobia, Moonlynn Tsai, as co-owner of Malaysian restaurant Kopitiam, decided to use her restaurant as an anchor for “Heart of Dinner,” a community relief effort to provide meals and provisions to elderly in the neighborhood.

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After being caught in a crab trap, Winter the dolphin lost her tail and was taken to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where she was fitted with a silicone and plastic tail that enabled her to swim normally. Her story inspired the movie “Dolphine Tale”!

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Visionary John Hardy dedicated his life to a revolutionary project – The Green School, the largest eco-infrastructure in the world. With a tailor-made campus that emerged from the jungle, it has grown to 400 students and an inspiring example of education for sustainability.

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Allison “The Youthpreneur” James founded Girls: Live, Love, Laugh, an organization that supports girls’ lives by removing some of the obstacles that may stand in their way, so that the can become successful, productive and happy women in society.

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The Human Rights Alliance produces the annual PRIDE celebration for Santa Fe, NM, and is in the process of expanding its services by partnering with the Community College to open and LGBTQIA+ center in Santa Fe.

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The GLO Center is the oldest LGBTQIA+ center in Missouri, established in 1996, and its mission is the serve the lgbtqia+ community in the Ozarks through support, resources, education, and advocacy to create a more inclusive environment where all can thrive.

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Our LGTBQ+ resource center offers a variety of services, including social support groups, LGBTQ+ affirming professional training, special events, an in-house affirming therapist, community connections, and much more. We work to provide a wide array of programming to provide connections and resources to all members of our community.

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We read books to youth ages 5-13, that help to inspire Inclusivity, Diversity, Empathy, Self Love, Confidence, Self Worth, Cultures, and the value of differing family make-ups. We want to instill open-mindedness and hearts to youth to hopefully eliminate Bullying, Biases, and Bigotry; to future generations.

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The Equality Crew was founded in April 2021 by a 14-year-old transgender Arkansan, Phoenix May, who realized there are tons of organizations that support LGBTQ+ adults but very few focused on kids. Instead of waiting for it to happen, Phoenix decided to take it into his own hands because he believes that everyone deserves to live in a world that is equal.

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The Center: 7 Rivers LGBTQ Connection’s mission is to create spaces for connection, community, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ people, our allies, and our neighbors. They are the leader in the Seven Rivers Region in bringing pride, equity, and social justice to the LGBTQ+ community and beyond.

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Our mission is to provide a safe, affirming space to learn, grow, build community, and access support and resources.  We provide community resources, like a curated library, a gender-affirming healthcare provider list, a closet with free clothing for LGBTQ+ folks in need, and supportive programming and activities for LGBTQ+ youth, parents, and transgender and non-binary adults.

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Sussex Pride is a new organization working to support, celebrate, and strengthen the LGBTQ Community in Sussex County and the state of Delaware.  We are a diverse group of individuals from across the county.

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We are a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide free counseling services to the LGBTQI+ community and much more. Currently, we have 5 pro bono slots, and as we grow, we would like to be able to have all slots at no charge to the client.

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Stand with Trans empowers and supports transgender youth and their loved ones. In our work, we strive to create a future where trans youth can thrive and live authentically. Our vision is a world where gender-diverse youth are validated and celebrated.

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Shenandoah LGBTQ Center: Our vision is to build an inclusive rural Shenandoah Valley where our LGBTQ+ community can thrive. The Shenandoah LGBTQ Center is a community-based organization that strengthens the LGBTQIA+ community through advocacy, education, programs, and safe spaces.

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The Rainbow Rose Center fosters an environment of inclusion, equity, and health where all LGBTQIA+ community members thrive in York County, Pennsylvania. We envision an inclusive community where all York County individuals feel safe and welcome in their everyday lives.

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Rainbow Families supports, educates and connects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) families, parents and prospective parents by offering a wide variety of education programs, support groups, opportunities to connect and more.

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Qweerty Gamers provides a productive platform for people to connect & learn from each other while playing video games. Our platform provides unique perspectives of LGBTQIA+ Gamers, microgrants for content creators & game developers with a passion for more diversity in video games, & a medium for individuals and creators to share their experiences, accomplishments, & expertise.

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Queer Family Planning Project (QFPP) is a small nonprofit organization that provides mini-grants to LGBTQIA+ families and/or individuals to build their families through IUI/IVF, adoption, and surrogacy. For trans men, we will help cover the costs to freeze eggs. We are 100% volunteer run and all our funding comes from public donations.

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QSpot fosters the health, well-being, and pride of New Jersey’s LGBT and allied community by providing resources, referrals, education, and outreach.  QSpot works tirelessly to fulfill its mission while operating a safe and welcoming LGBT community center in Asbury Park, NJ.

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We are a leading resource in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area for shelter and support services that improve the quality of life for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, and beyond (LGBTQIA+) youth who are experiencing homelessness.

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Our mission: To expand awareness and understanding of the LGBTQ+ community by creating strategic partnerships with local organizations, businesses, and governments towards a shared goal.

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PRISM is an LGBT non-profit organization that works to expand access to LGBT-inclusive education and sexual health resources for youth in South Florida. PRISM lives where more and more young people turn to for information: online.

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The purpose of the Pride Community Center is to educate the public about sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression, advocate for civil rights under the law and social equality for the Community, and provide resources like cultural services, emotional support, mental health services, health information and avenues for personal growth to enhance self-esteem.

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Pride Center West Texas provides youth programming (including the area’s first and only weekly queer youth group and youth center) aimed at supporting kids in surviving and thriving as they live in our state with the highest gay and lesbian suicide rate in the country (Report on Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Texas, 2020).

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Pride Center San Antonio serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV communities by connecting them and their families to community resources like free mental health services, peer support groups, case management, counseling, and group therapies.

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Our center provides essential support to the LGBTQIAP+ community where little or none was previously available to address a wide range of needs from health education, legal name changes, resource access, and more.

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The mission of Pride Center of New Jersey is to provide a safe and welcoming space for all individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ to find support, educational tools, health and education resources, and social opportunities within a community of acceptance.

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Pomona Pride Center was created to do more around providing resources, socials, and programs for the LGBTQIA community. We work to empower the community by finding and creating safe spaces, advancing educational and art programs as well as advocacy.

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OutCenter Southwest Michigan’s mission statement is to provide support and advocacy for respect, understanding, and nondiscrimination for LGBTQ+ people and their families in Southwest Michigan.

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Our mission is to serve as a bridge that promotes education, advocacy, and social justice for all LGBTQIA+ people and allies in Western Pennsylvania. We strive for this through our vision to cultivate a more collaborative, diverse, just, and empowered community.

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Out On The Lakeshore is the only LGBTQ+ charity organization in the Greater Holland, Michigan area, serving approximately 3 counties along Michigan’s western lakeshore. OOTL provides support, social programming, special events, and community education for the local LGBTQ+ community and its allies.

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We serve more than 30 communities in the MetroWest Boston area, with close to 20 programs each month for LGBTQ+ children and youth from PreK through high school. We also offer educational workshops for community organizations looking to be more inclusive and welcoming to LGBTQ+ youth.

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Out in the Open connects rural LGBTQ+ people to build community, visibility, knowledge, and power. We are guided by strong organizational values like Celebrating Resistance, Seeking Joy, Working for Racial Justice, and Affirming that Rural Can be and is Queer.

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Our largest current program is Lion House, which provides emergency shelter, rapid rehousing, and transitional housing to LGBTQ+ youth, adults, and families in the Kansas City metro area.

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Orlando Youth Alliance (OYA) and its chapters provide a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth in Central Florida, while offering weekly peer-to-peer support & mentoring group for LGBTQ youth in Central Florida.

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Within less than two years we’ve developed training programs, housing, peer support groups, plus more. We’ve met the needs of the LGBTQ communities in 6 counties surrounding Onslow County and look forward to providing more support by the end of 2023.

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With the collective power of LGBTQ+ serving nonprofits, we co-locate partners and work collaboratively to provide enriching programming and deliver culturally responsive care through place-based community development.

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We envision a world where queer youth are free to explore, discover, develop, and express their true, authentic selves without fear and with the love and support of a diverse community of peers and adult role models.

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Laura Janney, a mother of a gay son, started Muncie OUTreach 10 years ago to help youth feel less isolated. Indiana is a red state and part of the bible belt and there are very few organizations to support LGBTQ+ youth. We have a high rate of suicide attempts and a long wait for therapy. We feel that peer support helps to create community and build self-confidence.

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Building and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community in Modesto and the Central Valley through education, outreach, and advocacy.

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Through our center, we host support groups, supply emergency food, hygiene products, masks & clothing, facilitate community education, provide senior services, host sexual wellness workshops, offer mental health support, and accommodate community gatherings for progressive groups.

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MCAC provides state-wide virtual supportive programming as well as in-person programs that include drop-in hours, safer sex/health and wellness workshops, special events like Prom and Summer Camp, crisis services, free HIV/STI testing, and state-wide resources.

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Love on a Mission is a nonprofit organization creating a safe place for LGBTQIA+ youth in our community to feel unconditionally loved and accepted for being their authentic selves. Our goal is to have our own facility and also have available an emergency bed shelter for those that find themselves homeless after coming out to their families.

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Louisville Pride Foundation celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and advances equity and representation for all people. We produce the Louisville Pride Festival and manage the Louisville Pride Center.

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Since receiving our non-profit status, we have been building on the momentum that has propelled us into new avenues of service to our community.  This has included the forming of support groups, monthly social events, developing an Ally Directory, and expanding Pride month celebrations.

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Our mission is to strengthen and empower all youth, however they identify, to overcome obstacles by providing housing, supportive counseling, community education, and advocacy.

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LGBTQ+‌ ‌Center‌ ‌Lake‌ ‌County‌ ‌is‌ ‌dedicated‌ ‌to‌ ‌providing‌ ‌space,‌ ‌diverse‌ ‌programming,‌ ‌and‌ ‌cultural‌ ‌activities‌ ‌in‌ ‌an‌ ‌affirming,‌ ‌compassionate,‌ ‌and‌ ‌safe‌ ‌environment‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌greater‌ ‌Lake‌ ‌County‌ ‌area.‌ ‌

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Our mission is to provide safe and brave spaces for the social and personal development of LGBTQ youth. Our physical and virtual programs offer hope in the lives of each youth served.

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Our mission is to serve LGBTQ+ elders, youth, and everyone in between. We offer programming, advocacy, and outreach for the LGBTQ+ community and our allies in southeastern North Carolina. We work for a future where all of us are healthy, happy, and thriving.

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The University of North Florida LGBTQ Center envisions a university where all people are fully included and affirmed, and where justice, equality, and respect prevail.

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The LGBT Center of Greater Reading provides free counseling services, support/social groups, care coordination, food pantry access, warm meals, emergency relief funding (name changes, rent, etc), professional development, workforce development, and drop-in hours. We have the goal that all may live a life of fulfillment, inclusion, and celebration.

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We envision a world free of marginalization where all LGBTQIA+ people are free to be who they are and love who they love. The organization was founded in 1977 by a group of young college students who were not allowed to hold same-sex activities on the University of Kentucky campus. In reaction, they started a grass-roots organization to meet the needs of LGBTQIA+ people in Central Kentucky.

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We provide resources and create a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community in the KC metro. We have regular programming including three support groups, a monthly book group, social events, educational events, and an LGBTQIA+ makers marketplace.

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The mission of the Institute for LGBT Health and Wellbeing is to serve as a conduit for education, wellness, training, and research.

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Imperial Valley LGBT Resource Center offers an array of services, such as substance abuse education and prevention, transgender support services, domestic violence classes, LGBT competency training, youth activities, support for loved ones of LGBTQ+, mental illness support groups, HIV counseling, and testing, and much more.

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Henderson Equality Center is a community-supported organization to engage, empower, enrich, and advance the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, allies, and queer community of Henderson, NV by providing a safe space, pursuing resources, and providing courses focus on educational, social, support, skill building, and job assistance classes for at-risk, low-income LGBTQ youth and adults.

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We create safe spaces for our community to connect with one another, to learn, share and advocate for one another, and for the larger LGBTQIA+ community.

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We offer the community a food pantry, a pet food pantry, personal care items, household cleaning items, and a free little pantry.  We are also the only organization that delivers food to those that can’t make it to a pantry.  We offer resources, a free little library, and community space.

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Our facility offers a variety of resources including a free lending library, meeting spaces for LGBT-supportive groups, and a directory of LGBT-friendly businesses, organizations, and counselors while also serving as the headquarters for the South Carolina Pride Movement.

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Great Lakes Bay Pride’s mission is to provide sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGIE) education, advocacy, networking, and resources to individuals and organizations in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region.

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GenderNexus is bringing transgender and nonbinary communities together across Indiana to foster a community that is healthy, informed, and empowered.

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We build platforms for Queer and Trans folk to thrive, with young folk helping with programming, ensuring there is something for everyone at the table.

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EDGE New Jersey ( End Discrimination. Gain Equality) is a non profit organization founded in 1994 to address the needs of the HIV+ communities in New Jersey.

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Our mission is to empower transgender people while building community and advocating for social justice by providing supportive services and mutual aid.

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Founded in 2014, Diversity Collective Ventura County is the only nonprofit in our County that is solely dedicated to sourcing and resourcing the LGBTQ+ community.

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Colors+ was established in  2018 for LGBTQ+ youth and allies ages 19 and under to ensure that all programs are overseen or run by mental health professionals.

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CoastPride is an organization created by our local community in San Mateo County to improve the support, visibility and awareness of LGBTQ individuals and families in coastal communities.

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Clock, Inc’s purpose is to provide a non-judgmental, safe and reliable community center for LGBT+ individuals, to reduce any feelings of discrimination or isolation.

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We are working toward our goal to open a center that is fully inclusive and offers a safe space for youth to come after school and on the weekends.

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We empower individuals and communities by providing safe and inclusive environments that promote self-determination, resilience, wellness, and a sense of community.

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Working to promote equality, safety, and quality of life for western North Carolina’s LGBTQ+ and allied communities.

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Creating community through our activist center, educational bridge, & safe-space for our LGBTQIA youth, intersectional families, & all our marginalized folx.

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ARAY creates a space where LGBTQ+ youth can be their authentic selves, make friends, get resources, grow as leaders, and be celebrated for every facet of who they are.

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Paying for groceries of elderly and those in need at the supermarket.

Despite the war in Ukraine, Ukranian-based Yulia Kosareva has kept her small business of creating custom pet portraits open. Yulia sends as much of her Etsy profits as she can to a family of volunteers organizing humanitarian aid in Kharkov who risk their lives distributing food, medicines, and essentials.

After some very heavy showers damaged Oroville’s most prominent dam, hundreds had to leave the area due to flooding. The neighborhing city of Woodland began to help evacuees establish shelter. Shortly after, families throughout the community began to welcome the evacuees in addition to donating items such as diapers for babies and food for animals.

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High school student Jessica Goldberg co-founded the nonprofit Performing for Pencils to provide local youth-in-need with basic school supplies.

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Skye fled homosexual persecution in Jamaica and immigrated to America when he was only 18 years old. He forged on and found solace at the Ali Forney Center for LGBTQ homeless youth and today, he’s a consultant for the New York City Continue of Care, giving back to the community that gave him a home.

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Jason was born with a rare congenital spinal disorder that made him unable to walk unassisted. In 4th grade, his peers decided to hold fundraisers to buy him a racing wheelchair to fufill his dream of  “running” Utica New York’s Boilermaker. Now, his family has decided to “pay it forward” with a nonprofit committed to providing adaptive sporting equipment to children with physical disabilities or challenges.

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Theresa shares her selfies to promote body diversity and encourage other teens to be comfortable with their bodies.

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Heidi Search Center, a Texas nonprofit uses technology and social media to help track down missing persons. In 2016, they had a 98 percent success rate.

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Massachusetts’ Point Neighborhood came together to help clean up the Peabody Street Park. Around 100 people attended and in total they picked up 400 pounds of trash!

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Pruitt opened The Vine – his very own restaurant – at the tender age of 22 and has helped raise $10,000 for the Northern Illinois Food Bank, which used the money to feed 60,000 people.

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To help combat bullying online, Hack Harassment, works on creating solutions that empower students to be kind online and speak out against harrassmnet.

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After a terrible skiing accident left her paralyzed, Kelly founded the Kelly Brush Foundation, a foundation which helps athletes with paralysis purchase adaptive sports equipment.

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Sharon created a non-profit organization in 2010 called Community Outreach Training Center, for she saw a need in the community to help the less fortunate youth and their families. The organization is aimed towards the homeless population, very low to moderate income families, and those seeking employment and career development.

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Creatively WILD Art Studio provides various art programs, including art classes for youth ages 5 to 17. The art studio envisions an inclusive, love-driven community that values creative education as an integral part of the academic and personal development of its youth.

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“When I went to college and met other queer people like me, my eyes were almost immediately opened to these spaces. I can vividly remember the first time I rose from the escalator during Pride in my city, being greeted with the warm sun on my face, rainbows in the air, and glitter floating by. It was in these moments that I realized it was okay to be me.” – Matthew

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Domestic Harmony Foundation, “a community-based organization committed to promoting peace, safety, and harmony in families by providing support and guidance,” provides assistance to survivors of domestic violence coming from South Asian and Middle Eastern backgrounds.

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Thrasher Magazine’s Skateboarder of the Year, Brian Anderson, bravely told Vice Sports: “Hi, I’m Brian Anderson, and we’re here to talk about the fact that I’m gay.” Though Brian he feared coming out would hurt his career, he’s glad he did and he now encourages others to express themselves confidently and passionately.

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A banner that read “Make Kindness Contagious” transmitted a vision for Mayor Tom Tait, inspiring him to run for mayor of Anaheim, California, on a platform of kindness. Establishing kindness as fundamental to the city’s operations, he made it his mission to heal the city from within. And he won.

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Jenna lost her best friend, Kennedy, in 2014 due to suicide. In her honor, Jenna, and her friends created t-shirts to help spread mental health awareness and donate money to The American Suicide Foundation.

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L.A. Pride created #OwnYourPride hashtag campaign to share love through the screen! It’s a simple means of expressing acceptance, compassion, and self-love.

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Kids’ Food Basket, a nonprofit organization serving nearly 7,500 kids each weekday in West Michigan, works to empower communities by attacking childhood hunger, so that young people can learn and live well

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When she was a junior in high school, Melissa started volunteering at Call2Talk, a confidential mental health and emotional support call line that provides a safe place to talk to anyone going through a hard time in their lives.

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Alex advocates against bullying in schools and has been developing an anti-bullying curriculum to be used in schools across his country! “At the end of each lecture, I launched a challenge called “Seja Gentil” which consisted of taking a selfie, with a motivating message, and posting it on social media to create a culture of kindness.”

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Although he faces difficulties himself and has limited mobility, that hasn’t stopped Joshua from helping his community.  In looking for a purpose in his life, he has identified causes he can contribute to and use his abilities of compassion, motivation, and perseverance. He recently completed a “sock-a-thon,” collecting socks for Calvary Chapel Antelope Valley’s Abound Ministry which serves the local homeless population.

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“During my sophomore year in high school, my friends, our community, and I created the Teen Life in Healthier Delray Beach Club with the goal of promoting mental health awareness in our school community.”  – Kenesha

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Ali and Raegan are founders of Sound Board NYC where they conduct free workshops in music, poetry, rap, hip hop, and songwriting aimed to provide an artistic outlet for youth.

In order to help provide for those in need, Beatrice collects used glasses and donates them. Every few weeks, Beatrice takes these boxes of donated glasses to organizations that refurbish them to be reused in other countries, such as Lions Club International, Doctors Without Borders, and the University of California Berkeley.

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A Safe Place Lake County works to provide a “continuum of care” to those affected by domestic violence. This ensures that victims receive comprehensive services for not only themselves but also for their children.

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As the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign – the largest LGBTQ+ civil rights organization in America –  history, urgency, and authenticity play a large role in Sarah’s life. The foundation of the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) mission is to achieve true lived equality + advocates for the LGBTQ+  community.

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“As the youngest child, who happens to have Down syndrome, I saw how hard my mom worked to make sure that my speaking skills and physical abilities were the best they could be.With the skills she has taught me, I have been able to dream big dreams. She embraced and encouraged my dreams.”-Hanna

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Joy Daguiso works to advocate for mental health with the Flourish Circle, an initiative started by a community of peers that aim to provide a safe and affirming space where people can feel listened to, supported, and accepted.

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Teens Aanand and Rohan cofounded a nonprofit called Magical Motors aimed to create accessible toys for children with developmental disabilities.

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Allison founded Girls; Live, Love, Laugh, Inc. – an organization founded on a philosophy that with the proper tools, resources, leadership, and love, girls living in the inner city of Newark can beat the odds. The organization seeks to give all girls a chance to live, love, and laugh.

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The star of the the 2011 film Dolphin Tale – Winter the Dolphin – has served as an inspiration for entire communities. After being caught in a crab trap, Winter lost her tail and was taken to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where she was fitted with a silicone and plastic tail that enabled her to swim normally.

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Known as “The Kindness Guy,” Leon travels the world spreading kindness to strangers. His inspiration? When he was bullied in school, a kid he had never met before invited him to sit with him at lunch. That act of kindness changed everything.

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YHELP! – a nonprofit that empowers youth to take control of their mental health – developed the YHELP! ARTS program, which consists of weekly lesson plans, workshops, and collaborative projects that help teens with their self-esteem building, coping skills, and goal setting.

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Lauren Singer – an environmental activist who fit five years of trash into a single 16 oz jar – encourages others to live a zero-waste life.

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Lauren – a Texas native – describes how her community pulled together to help one another rebuild, gain faith, and provide for one another.

Jeremiah understood how big of an issue bullying was in his school + wanted to be there to help his peers. He soon created an anonymous Twitter account called @WestHighBros which he utilized to send out compliments to his fellow peers + encourage kindness.

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Erika Page has been living with vitiligo – Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease – since she was seven years old.  After twenty years of living with the condition, Erika decided to share her story on her blog, Living Dapped. Since then, Living Dappled has grown to be a collective voice of girls and women with vitiligo, featuring guest bloggers and multiple perspectives. The blog has been able to inspire other girls with vitiligo who need support and community.

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Tom Golisano helped support the Special Olympic’s new initiative called Healthy Communities, a program designed to increase the access to health care in local communities that athletes live in today. “I try to be kind in less visible ways,” Tom said. “My son, who is now an adult, has a developmental disability, and he has taught me that it’s important to treat everyone with respect and kindness.”

Tia helps start a summer performing arts camp called PATAsphere, whose mission is to provide all children with a safe, accepting, supportive, and engaging learning environment, and additionally trains them in the performing arts. We teach children ages 7 to 18 years old how to apply biomechanical knowledge about the voice, physical movement, and emotional expression into performance

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Cassidy is part of a mental health committee at her school called Project Aware to raise awareness of mental health issues and, ideally, help end the stigma around mental health. This committee has helped planned a Mental Health Awareness Day and has even hosted an assembly with Kevin Hines, one of the few people to ever jump off of the Gold Gate Bridge and survive.

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Courtney Boyce took a hobby to a whole new level and started “Mesa Gilbert Rocks,” a rocking group where members decorate rocks with various messages and designs. They hide these decorated rocks in various locations, with the mission to brighten someone’s day.

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Eager students at the University of Rochester volunteer for Refugees Helping Refugees (RHR), a non-profit dedicated to providing social services, such as vocational training, English classes, healthy living programs, and legal counseling for the city’s adult refugee community.

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High schooler Heather founded Youth for Troops, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is focused on celebrating the service of our nation’s veterans. Through various service projects such as visiting nursing homes, assembling care packages for active troops, holding flags during honor flights, and marching in local parades, the Youth For Troops team is filled with passionate, dedicated, and driven young people who aspire to make a difference.

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Cornerstone Family Programs, a 200-year-old nonprofit agency, provides resources to help empower people to meet + overcome life’s challenges.  “Together we impact the lives of over 6,000 people. We believe that everyone deserves a chance for a happy, healthy and productive life.”

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#HashtagLunchBag, a nonprofit program that gathers volunteers to make sandwich bagged lunches, delivers them with love notes and donates to the homeless community.

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Thousands of young people joined together for March for Our Lives – a protest against the ongoing school shootings across the country.

Thousands of brave people gathered in Miami to advocate for gun control on the heels of multiple school shootings.

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Assembled with hand-written posters demanding safety in schools, 5,000 Rochesterians of all ages and backgrounds gathered for the March for Our Lives to protest against gun violence.  The march and rally were organized by local students of the greater Rochester area and the youth social change organization Teen Empowerment.

2-1-1 Broward, a 24/7 comprehensive agency with trained and degreed counselors, assist hundreds of individuals by providing mental health support to people experiencing suicidal ideation and referrals to residents all across Broward County.

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The phrase “Hate Has No Home Here” stands proudly on yard signs, posters, and bumper stickers as a message of kindness and inclusivity.

These signs stem from a larger campaign that was started by six neighbors in North Park, Chicago. Using the phrase created by a kindergartener and a third grader, and graphics from a local designer, the team launched the project to stand against racism, discrimination, and hate.

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Erin Fury, the Associate Director of Pace University’s LGBTQA + Social Justice Center advocates for a more inclusive community at Pace University and helps support students who are struggling.

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In her childhood, Angie was bullied, coping with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the classroom, and, as Angie described it, being “different and strange.” Now, Angie is an illustrating bringing attention to children’s differences and encouraging them to embrace their superpower.

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A powerful advocate and activist, Sapphire Andersen, created the Tell Her She Can campaign – which encourages and empowers women across the country, a reminder that women can do anything they put their mind to.

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As a young boy, Ricky was timid and shy. As he grew older, he worked with the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC), a nonprofit that promotes service learning in schools and communities across the United States, to realize the importance of his voice, its place in the professional world, and his role as a youth. Now, he encourages his peers to use + own their voice, too!

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Roochute – the rainbow parachute mental health movement – welcomes you to relive your favorite day in gym class, Parachute Day, and to take a moment to have meaningful conversations about your mental health and wellness in a safe space. “With each bloom, we encourage each person to ‘pay it forward’ – the happiness created underneath the parachute radiates through acts of kindness and positivity.”

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After seeing friends go through tough times, Gabby Frost founded Buddy Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to tackling issues such as mental health and bullying. Buddy Project’s main goal is to pair “buddies” with each other to create long-lasting friendships online, and to show people they are never alone.

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With family as its central focus, FCCLA –  also known as Family, Career and Community Leaders of America – aims to promote leadership development in young people through career exploration, chapter activities, community service, and leadership opportunities.

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The Random Acts of Kindness Etc. club, also known as RAKE, was created for kids by kids. The RAKE hosts kindness events, such as visiting a senior care center for those with memory loss and Welcome Wednesdays, in which students give out free hot chocolate to their peers.

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The teachers at Lake Forest Academy work to encourages students to be global citizens – students that are good representatives of their community in other communities. From participating in habitat restorations to keeping veterans company at a veterans hospital, students are eager to complete multiple service projects a year.

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Through After School Meals programs, which allows low-income children the opportunity to receive free nutritious meals, Feeding Tampa Bay works to “change lives one meal at a time” with the ultimate vision of creating a hunger-free Tampa Bay.

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Two students who attended the incredible March for Our Lives event in response to school shootings advocate against gun violence with protest. 

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Ali and her friends are part of a high school student body advocating in solidarity for transgender rights.  The goal of the students involved was to create a more inclusive, accepting campus, and show support for transgender human rights.

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Tiffany and Caleb used their wedding as an opportunity to two give back to two different but important causes–To Write Love on Her Arms and The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In total, the couple raised over $200,000!

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Motivated by their mutual experiences with eating disorders, Christina Grasso and Ruthie Friendlander co-founded The Chain, which provides peer mentorship to those struggling with eating disorders in the fashion and entertainment industries.

GraceFull Cafe serves food to everyone who walks through their doors – whether they can pay or not. 

I’m always trying to cheer people up ! To give them hope and a light in the darkness ! To show them another way ! To be a beacon of hope ! And a true friend!

Students at the Boys and Girls Club made Jayla a beautiful sign that expressed the gratitude they felt for Jayla sharing more about her international poetry and art project, the I Matter competition.

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Addressing her mental health and going to therapy helped Grammy-nominated singer Cassadee realize mental health is a journey worth taking. Getting help is one of the bravest things you can do, she says.

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Ronaldo – an artist who just happens to be on the Autistic Spectrum – use sbold and bright colors to show that the goodness in people and in the world far outweighs the bad. His scenes depict his “ideal world” and he has often been described as the “Artist of Happiness” because his artwork makes people happy.
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Proyecto Empatia (Project Empathy), a Uruguayan grassroot socio-educational project, works to help the 190 teenagers in the country that are deprived of liberty in juvenile prisons.

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The United Nations General Assembly celebrates its 30 anniversary of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Roman shares why protecting the rights of a child is one of the kindest things you can do.

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Psychologist Dr. Persampiere reminds youth that music can have a very soothing impact on our emotional and physical state and there is science to back up this claim!

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Palakh, 18, created an organization called Break.The.Ice, a youth organization, formed by students for students, where we talk about all things taboo and help in creating an enlightened youth community across the globe.

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As a first-generation Indian American and daughter of immigrants, Saloni has seen and heard firsthand the taboo around mental health in South Asian communities. She turns to Brown Girl Therapy to create content geared towards children of immigrants that touches on common struggles.

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Jayla practices self-kindness by expressing her emotions through poetry. She even spoke emotionally at the March On For Voting Rights rally, demonstrating the power of her words.

 

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The kindness of his friends encouraged Franz to feel supported to come out. “Their kindness and their love, as well as the strong spirit of my family, saved my life and I even got the confidence to come out as gay.”

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Everett, 19, founded Good Spokes, raised over $2,500 for World Bicycle Relief, an organization that delivers specially designed, locally assembled, rugged bicycles for people in need.

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YHELP! Helps, they created Holiday Wellness Baskets for teens and young adults to receive gifts that combine wellness products and cool clothing items. The wellness items were created by YHELP! such as journals of hope, positive pens, wellness water bottles, inspirational bracelets to encourage teens and young adults not to give up and know their worth.

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After growing dependent on pills, Laurens-Jan’s felt like he was spiraling out of control. One night at a train station while disoriented, he realized there was only one train left to his destination. Even though he was running late to the train, a conductor stopped the train to let him on. This kind act left Laurens-Jan at peace + inspired to get the help he needed.

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Hannah, a 19-year-old sustainability advocate, founded Hannah4Change, a non-profit dedicated to fighting issues that impact the planet. By encouraging her peers to recycle, be mindful of ocean health, and protect endangered animals, she helps to make the world a more environmentally-friendly place.

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Through therapy, Squishmallows, music, and late night walks, Kirah practices being kind to herself by taking care of her mental health. “You are never alone,” she says. “No matter what, even if you don’t think you have anyone in your corner, I will always be here rooting for you and cheering you on.”

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Rebecca wrote “Guion The Lion,” a children’s book that celebrates differences and encourages empathy, shortly after she found out her son Guion had Down Syndrome. The book shows children – and adults, too – how being curious about others and opening up their minds to different perspectives can lead to new adventures.

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Having experienced acts of discrimination as someone who identifies as AAPI, Samuel shares how we can combat hate. “Please set aside your prejudices and racial tendencies,” he says. “So please, I ask you, let’s come together as one and survive this year of 2022. Change starts with you, whether you’re ready for it or not.

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Kasondra Cohen-Herrendorf, CEO of the Herrendorf Family Foundation, founded Face of Today, an organization that ensures all youth and their communities feel empowered through access to mental health resources and education.

 

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LISA  hotline serves mental health needs of individuals and communities seeking help in Bali and Indonesia. “Having experienced how hard it is to find the resources I need when I’m struggling with my mental health, I wish no one ever has to go through what I went through. Suicidal ideation can be extremely intrusive. Talking to someone who completely understands your feelings and emotions can make a huge difference. That’s where L.I.S.A comes in.”

 

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Gabriel and Sebastian Fadel started 96 Bricks, an organization shipping LEGOs to refugee communities, indigineous reservations, and Ugandan villages.

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Grace Hatfield writes about the impact that Hurricane Harvey had on her family and offers reflections of gratitude on the kindness she’s experienced during crisis.

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14 year old Maxwell Surprenant co-founded Catching Joy, an organization providing service opportunities to young people. Maxwell shares reflections on the Catching Joy Channel Kindness event he hosted with the support of Born This Way Foundation and Peace First.

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Elif struggled with social anxiety since she was 14, and when the pandemic hit, she noticed more of her community experienced it, too. She soon started One Smile Effect, Turkey’s first and only youth-led mental health organization that provides free and accessible mental health resources, education and awareness programs.

To help her manage her anxiety, Aurora writes poetry, journals, and leans on her mom for support. She encourages everyone to be kind to themselves by having faith they can get through anything. “Even if the ghost of words and experiences remain like a needle under the skin, we must have the strength to get up again,” she says.

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After not seeing any gay couples in children’s books, Lukas decided to write his own book “Freddie and His Colourful Uncles” to increase representation.

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Viet Mai is a mentor to middle and high school children whose parents are incarcerated. He seeks to help his mentees build tools for self-empowerment and break the cycle of incarceration.

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Bishop Hall Charter School is a non-traditional charter school that offers students resources to succeed at every learning level. The school emphasizes community service through weekly volunteering programs, which range from tutoring to local cleanups.

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Kate Slate shares reflections from a Born This Way Foundation luncheon, where co-founder Cynthia Germanotta discussed recent survey findings on young people’s mental health and access to support.

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The Ride for Missing Children is an annual event that raises awareness about missing children and helps support families looking for their loved ones. The event is a major fundraiser for missing children community education programs and geographically targeted poster distribution.

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Matthew Gates kindly shares strategies for college students to care for their mental health during finals.

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Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) gives young people a path to economic self sufficiency through employment preparation, entrepreneurship programs, summer opportunities, and support structures.

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Empower Yolo began as a crisis center for sexual assault survivors and has grown into a county-wide organization that builds resilient communities through hotlines, women and youth leadership groups, community events, and many more kind initiatives.

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A mural on the University of Edinburgh campus gave me a sense of power. “Support Women of Color: still brown, still breathing, still woman, still magical,” it read. This mural continued my strength to fight for women’s equality. My sense of the world has very much expanded. These issues are more than just local or national ones – we are fighting the same things across the globe.

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The South Shore Children’s Chorus (SSCC), a nonprofit organization that gives students the opportunity to learn and grow as musicians, aims to create a “safe, loving community for students to learn, to grow, and to find their own voice.”

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As a Survivor Speakers Bureau (SSB) volunteer with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), Kevin shares his story to hundreds of people every year. The support that Kevin has found at BARCC and the platform for him to share his story with others has been life-changing. “It’s just a different world for me now since I’ve come here,” he said. “These people have become like family to me. These folks are very supportive of me and each other and they are an extremely important part of my life.”

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In recognizing that kids impacted by a parent’s cancer are forced to grow up faster than they should,  Camp Kesem works t provide a free one-week summer camp for these kids. It has since expanded to over 100 chapters in 40 states across the country, impacting over five million children.

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What started out as Lisa’s 6-year-old son selling hot chocolate on the street in New Jersey would later turn into a company, Mr. Cory’s Cookies. The duo work with charity organizations and even Lisa even works to hire at least 70% single mothers to give them opportunities they may otherwise not have.

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Phil, a local entrepreneur and active community member, created a billboard that wrote, “I’m concerned about the blueberries.” The blueberries, he later said, represented the issues in life people all go through. After creating the billboard, 1,000 young people across Genesee County decided to perform random acts of kindness, write about them, and hopefully relieve some of those “blueberries” for someone else.

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Public Interest Advocates, a student organization at West Virginia University College of Law, works to raise money to fund summer and full-time jobs in the public interest field. The public interest field mainly consists of providing legal aid to people who cannot afford it. Students in the PIA organization focus on certain issues of public concern such as child welfare, elderly abuse, and domestic violence, and then advocate for the people affected by those issues.

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“A good friend of mine was going through severe depression. She lived in the U.K. and I was in Saskatoon. I would call her every day and we’d talk about everything she was going through. She’d tell me about therapy and what her doctors were saying, but also just how her day was going. Just small chit-chats and check-ins. I’d ask how she was doing and whether she wanted to talk about anything…. at the end of the day, knowing that someone has your back is what matters most. It’s as simple as letting them know that you’re there, that if they ever want to talk about something, you’re always ready to listen.”

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“When we arrived at a restaurant, people quickly noticed that my grandmother was older. As soon as they saw this, people went out of their way to make her journey from the car to the elevator as easy as possible. People that we didn’t even know were offering her their hands for support, holding the doors wide open so that she could get inside easily, and holding the elevator for her.”

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Cassiday shares encouraging LGBTQ+ messages that help us accept and love ourselves, making our world a little braver. Through social media, we are able to spread tolerance, acceptance, and most importantly, kindness.

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The South Shore Children’s Chorus (SSCC), a nonprofit organization, gives students the opportunity to learn and grow as musicians. Founded in January 2016 by Kirsten Oberoi and Carey Shunskis, this program aims to create a “safe, loving community for students to learn, to grow, and to find their own voice.”

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Jacob participates in Book Buddies, a popular club at the local high school, annually matching about 100 high schoolers with preschool and middle school students “hoping to encourage an excitement for literature, instill an appreciation for pleasure reading, expose students to different types of age-appropriate literature, and foster lifelong readers and learners through positive modeling.”

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11th graders from Medford High School brought their school together by offering a way for new English Language Learner (ELL) students to navigate their community. Their new instructional videos and website will be shown to ELL students and parents during ninth-grade orientation and will be integrated into the ELL curriculum starting next school year.

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Scott shares how he remains hopeful as someone who identifies as being part of the LGBTQ+ community. “Whether that means getting involved in a local LGBT+ organization, advocating for LGBT+ inclusive curriculums and clubs, or just listening to someone’s story, you can make a difference. And you can undoubtedly brighten someone’s day with those acts of kindness.”

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The “HEAT Loud and Proud” annual event gives individuals from all different orientations the opportunity to come together and dance the night away in a safe space.

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At the Morristown-Beard School in Morristown, New Jersey, one club has one mission: to create a safe space for LGBTQIA+ students and allies to create a more inclusive school community.

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Valerie’s House works to serves children, adolescents, and their caregivers, grieving from the loss of someone special in their lives. The organization provides support to around 70 families through potluck dinners, backyard sports, and art projects.

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The Pacific Pride Foundation (PPF), a nonprofit organization that provides services and programs to 10,000 LGBTQ+ individuals in the Santa Barbara County, held their fifth annual Youth Connect Conference and PROUD Prom. Over 200 young people aged 12 to 17 from Central and South California attended the event, many of them LGBTQ+.

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Gisenia’s cancer story and Lucy’s caregiver’s story come together to turn their pain into purpose. To to put a smile on every cancer patient’s face, they created “WeCareChemoKits.”

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The Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club coordinated a run with the community to fundraise for and help fight against blood cancer.

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PATCH 21, an educational programming organization, helps educate children of all ages in different areas including a focus on character education, tobacco/drug/alcohol prevention, civic duty and service-learning, clean water awareness, healthy lifestyle, entrepreneurial job skills, and leadership.

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Every year since she was 9 months old, Grace Rose and her mom, Leah, have hosted a fashion fundraiser to raise money for the Cystic Foundation, an organization that supports research for Cystic fibrosis, or “CF” for short, is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.

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Catalino first had the idea to start a nonprofit in 2002, as he wanted to help low-income students attend college or university, with a particular focus on students whose parents were gardeners. BAGSF is a nonprofit organization that “provides scholarships to students facing significant financial barriers” within San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties.

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ONE Community is committed to reshaping Arizona’s image through educating, empowering, and connecting their diverse LGBTQ and allied communities.

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Through the power of horses, Tomorrow’s Rainbow is a special place that helps children that have experienced the death of a loved one.

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This mom shares her journey of helping her son with extreme anxiety. Together, they created Buff Bomb Bar – a company that believes that being “buff” isn’t about having muscles or showing off physical strength, but about being mentally fit, active, and healthy. That starts from the inside out. A portion of sales of all our products will be donated to mental health programs and organizations for both adults and children.

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The Find Your Anchor project focuses on suicide prevention, awareness, and education. The premise behind Find Your Anchor is that each person needs an anchor. As founder Ali Borowsky puts it, “Establish an anchor – a dependable, stable, secure base that you can hold on to, one that keeps you firmly planted, no matter what winds or storms may come. Anchors are everywhere, you just have to start looking.”

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Imagination Library is a book gifting program for children 0 to 5 of any income. Originally just in Sevier County, Tennessee, where Parton grew up, the program expanded and has since delivered over 100 million books. The organization now sends over one million high-quality books a month to children.

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Delta Dental of South Dakota Foundation gives children across the state access to free dental care. The foundation aims to improve the quality of oral health in the state of South Dakota. To accomplish this goal, Delta Dental currently has two mobile trucks that provide free dental care to children. Each week, the trucks travel to a new location and deliver free dental care to children ages 21 and younger.

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Colleen uses the Instagram eating disorder recovery community as a source of hope and inspiration.

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Native American Artist Douglas Miles creates murals all around California in hopes of sharing messages of peace, hope, and comfort.

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It’s been 8 years since Rahul overcame the mental trauma I underwent in school. By sharing smiles with others and saying kind words, he works to prevent bullying in his community.

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Fourteen-week culinary training are offered to people who are formerly incarcerated, homeless, or foster care, who alongside 200 volunteers every week, create healthy meals from reclaimed, imperfect produce.

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Thanks to a program called Tail Waggin’ Tutors, children all over the country can improve their reading skills with the help of a furry friend. By giving children the opportunity to read to therapy dogs, Tail Waggin’ Tutors allows children to practice their reading skills and gain confidence.

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Artist Claire Pittman teaches art classes to young children the encourage their creativity and inspire them with hope.

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Colleen shares her work wtih Project HEAL (Help to Eat, Accept, and Live), an organization that is creating hope and making a difference by delivering prevention, treatment financing, and recovery support for people suffering from eating disorders, while also reinforcing the idea that full recovery from an eating disorder is possible.

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Kids’ Food Basket is a nonprofit organization serving nearly 7,500 kids each weekday in West Michigan that hopes to empower communities by attacking childhood hunger so that young people can learn and live well.

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The Reflect Organization, based in Philadelphia, hosts dinners or “chapters” at schools across the nation to provide students with a forum to speak openly and honestly about any issues that are pressing on their minds.

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This community organization brings seniors and teens together to learn from each other, laugh with each other, and spread kindness to one another.

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Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) works to provide disadvantaged low-income, first-generation students with the proper guidance throughout the college process.

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Stir It Up – a small bakery – focuses on employing adults with cognitive disabilities. They provide job opportunities with competitive, fair wages to those who have likely faced job discrimination in the past, and an opportunity to develop work skills.

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Joanne, an assistant nursing director of the obstetrics services at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, organized a project to bring donations to nurses during COVID-19. It started off with her family and friends dropping off items into bins on her front porch. These included snacks, food, self-care items, candy, and inspirational notes. After receiving these donations, Joanne and her family made gift baskets, and Joanne delivered these to the nurses.

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As the head coach of the WNBA’s New York Liberty, Walt Hopkins shares his journey understanding his battle with his own mental health issues, the resources that help him every day, and his altruistic approach to self-care.

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Khloe has her own nonprofit called Khloe Kares where she makes tote-like bags and fills them with bare necessity items to give to people experiencing homelessness.

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Laura Reed has been a hairdresser for 25 years. She currently works as both a hairdresser and barber in Maryland, but on her days off, she goes out into her community and cuts hair for people experiencing homelessness.

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Elissa practices self-care by focusing on the things she can control and letting go of the things she can’t. In this article, she details other ways you can practice being kind to yourself.

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Emma uses her privilege to support and amplify Black youth and their voices.

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For this school’s community day, students and staff donated to the Narberth Food Bank and made fun hand-washing videos to encourage healthy hygiene during the pandemic.

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Trinity used her coding skills to create the website Not a Trend to fight for systemic change for the Black community.  The website features tools and resources to amplify and fight for the voices of the Black community.

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4,300 seniors receive daily meals from Meals on wheels San Francisco. MOWSF  delivers tailored meals and groceries to homebound seniors in San Francisco and helps them live healthy and independent lives. It’s one of the largest home-delivered meal providers for seniors in the city, having served over 2.2 million meals in 2019.

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Max Lueng was heartbroken when his home in Chinatown was attacked by senseless violence, but he was determined to give back to the local community. To help Asian elders feel safe and protected, he and a group of his friends accompany them on their errands and walks outside.

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Nonprofit Nu Nidito–which supports individuals that have lost loved ones to serious medical diagnoses–is sharing kindness by comforting those experiencing grief.

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Risa, a teacher, shares how teaching tolerance and talking about race is a kind act in the classroom.

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Julian made over 700 thank you cards for first responders, doctors, and nurses to thank them for sacrificing their own lives and for all the hard work they’ve done to help those during this pandemic.

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If you’re an unemployed graduate, you’re not alone.  Addie shares tips for coping + know that you are loved, regardless of your employment status.

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Morgan practices being kinder to our planet by going green.

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Born This Way Foundation’s Taylor interviews poet and performer Rhiannon McGavin about communication, self-care, art, and rest.

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Nia Jones, Youth Wellness Consultant for the Black Mental Health Alliance, shares more about the importance of centering cultural competence in mental wellness resources and how to engage in radical self-care.

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After being diagnosed with scoliosis, talented dancer Paige started The Paige Fraser Foundation (TPFF) o create a safe space for aspiring young artists, with or without disabilities, in Dance, Music, Theater, and the Visual Arts.

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At YHELP! (Youth Help), a social media and web-based organization that is youth-driven but overseen by a team of trained, professional adults in the areas of mental health and life skills, we focus on mental health and life skills development, provide daily social media posts, interviews, podcasts, classes, workshops, and community events designed to provide teens with skills to help them successfully transition into adulthood, and focus on suicide prevention.

During college, I was bullied and led to believe I wouldn’t be successful because I was introverted and quiet. After graduating, I took the time to practice self-love, self-care, and self-acceptance, and now I am focused on all the positive traits I bring to the world. I’m now in medical school and want people to know being an introvert isn’t a bad thing + to focus on the attributes that make them shine!

Rescued my puppy

I received mentorship and kindness from incredible academics who selflessly devoted energy into my mentorship

Kind friends comforted me when I came to understand I was gay in a town where that’s not really “okay”. I am eternally grateful.

There was an ambulance in front of our building this morning. Somebody experiencing homelessness was having a situation & another person experiencing homelessness called the ambulance for him. I walked up & asked the man who called how he was doing and he told me what happened. I thanked him for being a good friend. He went on to tell me how we all need to stick together. He is spot on, so I gave him ten bucks for food. That is not the good deed I am writing about….the good deed was the other man calling. He’s the star!!

I realized that the LGBTQ+ community in my town was disconnected. As someone with a gay husband and a queer child, I recognized the need for community. I started a Facebook group called Anacortes Pride. Our inaugural event was a float in the 4th of July parade. We are now nearly 300 strong, established a nonprofit, and are working to host our first Pride Parade/celebration on June 18, 2022. Our community and all of its intersections are thriving with a new sense of togetherness.
-S. McLeod

Overwhelmed by quarantine, 16-year-old Irene started Cura, a website with free and accessible educational resources for youth to use and keep themselves busy

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Inspired by other Gen Z changemakers, Lindsey started “Operation See A Letter, Send a Letter” to spread love and initiate change across the country.

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14-year-old William started the nonprofit Vanilla Feeds Tomorrow, Inc., where every bottle of homemade vanilla extract sold helps feed 42 families in East Tennesee.

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On his 14th birthday, Nate published “Bullied Not Broken: When the Bullies Don’t Win” a book inspiring stories from actors, musicians, business icons, politicians, and artists on how they faced bullying and what they learned.

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Born This Way Foundation’s co-founder Lady Gaga’s sixth studio album “Chromatica” welcomes mental health challenges and brings about moments of vulnerability and empowerment through healing dance music.

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Siblings Arjun and Hannah along with their friend Aakshi founded Telehealth Access for Seniors, a nonprofit that collects devices for hospitals and clinics to make TeleHealth more accessible for seniors in their communities.

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Born This Way Foundation’s Taylor speaks with disability rights activist Imani Barbarin about disability and living with different marginalized identities for Channel Kindness Radio.

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Early childhood educator and author Carol McCloud’s books on “bucketfilling” teaches social and emotional skills and the importance of kindness to children of all ages.

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Born This Way Foundation’s Shadille interviews the Founder and CEO of Stronger Than Stigma, Gabrielle Magid, for this episode of Channel Kindness Radio.

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Sargent Shriver International Global Messenger and Special Olympics Colorado athlete Hanna shares how her mentor, Stephanie, inspired her to be a champion of inclusion.

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On this episode of Channel Kindness Radio, Born This Way Foundation’s Taylor speakes with Jake Sidwell about the intersections of mental health and disability.

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Born This Way Foundation’s Josh M. shares how his different family members have instilled kindness in him throughout his entire life.

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When the pandemic put these four friends’ schooling on pause, they came together to start Be The Change Coloring Co., a nonprofit that creates educational coloring books and donates all proceeds to local organizations.

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Houston shares how after one of his talks on kindness at a local school, a high school senior learned the important difference between being kind and just being nice.

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To raise money for Covid-19 vaccine research, Jay, a recovered fibromyalgia patient, climbed up and down Mount Maroon Queensland, Australia for 48 hours.

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High schools student Anita started Words For Workers, an organization that collects e-cards to show gratitude for essential workers who worked through the pandemic.

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Founder of Find Your Anchor (FYA) a grassroots movement aimed at suicide prevention, awareness, and education, Ali shares Find Your Anchor’s mission and how anyone can be an achor.

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After putting productivity before mental and physical wellbeing, Anna Ruth realized that her behaviors were not healthy and decided to put her wellbeing over everything else.

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While searching for kindness and motivation, 19-year-old Abigail created Magnify Wellness, an app dedicated to helping its users improve their mental health.

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Brothers, Hurshneet and Pravneet initiated Project Smile AZ to help spread smiles by sending thoughtful and caring messages to patients battling with COVID-19 in their native Arizona.

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Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit In Kind Boxes sells curated gift boxes filled with organic bath and personal care items. For every box they sell, In Kind Boxes donates one to a family in need.

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When once-fulltime musician Erica found herself without a job due to the pandemic, she discovered MusiCares, a nonprofit dedicated to helping musicians in times of need, like herself.

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After seeing sentiments of racism and xenophobia spread on social media Olivia and her friends came together to start BakeToDonate, an organization that sells baked goods and donates the profits to social justice organizations.

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Mental health and LGBTQ+ rights activist Juan calls to young people to register to vote, use their voices, and fight for social change as the 2020 presidential election approached.

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At 21 years old, Antonina experineced almost a decade of mental health struggles. “I have been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, PTSD, BPD, and auditory hallucinations..Through therapy, medication, treatment, and an amazing support team over the years I have been able to climb to the top of that mountain and so many more along the way.”

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A continuance for our Mental Marathon, we held a 6-hour experience that creates a platform for our community to engage in honest and healthy dialogue about the mental health crisis affecting youth and young adults in our community

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After the murder of George Floyd, Rafael wanted to advocate against racism and

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Journalist and content creators Melissa and Isabel create #MaskPledge, an initiative that spreads awareness about mask wearing and COVID-19. The two aim to show that wearing your mask is an act of kindness because you are keeping those around you safe.

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After beginning high school in a new setting, Ava felt lost and alone. It’s only when she sat down with a group of girls who welcomed her to their group, where she felt friendship and kindness blossom.

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I created the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) in my high school. At the time, it was the first in a private special school for kids with complex learning disabilities.

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Sibling sisters created Global Guru, a nonprofit that helps tutor 125 students in South Korea, rural villages in India, Australia, China, and 10+ states in the U.S. What started with 3 people has now grown to include 100 team members that work on curriculum development, social media management, scheduling management, and website development.

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A rising senior in high school, Sanya worked to learn more about the medical field. COVID, however, prevented her from doing this in person. She soon started Medical Wonders, a community of passionate college and high school students driven to educate and inspire students to to be a part of the medical field. They regularly host interviews with healthcare workers, release informational articles about medical advancements, and provide resources towards volunteer opportunities.

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After seeing her peers struggle with their mental health during the pandemic, Natalie decided to remind them how loved they were. under the mental health organization Solely Sunshine, in which anyone around the world, can write a virtual letter of encouragement for free to be delivered to a teen in a mental health facility.

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Aged 10 to 21, these Black activists are proof that you’re never too young to create change and build a kinder, braver world.

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Since she was 12 years old, Sage has been advocating for the rights of transgender youth. In addition to helping shape policy as a teen, Sage also founded ‘The TEAM Mag’, which amplifies the stories of the LBGTQ+ community.

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Libera, a rising nonprofit, helps women and teens tell their stories, address the barriers in their lives, and connect them to resources to overcome those barriers.

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When Born This Way Foundation’s Josh H. auditioned for American Idol, he was told to re-audition but this time, as his most authentic self.

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Born This Way Foundation’s Maya Smith shares why she asks people to Please Stay, even when the voices in their head seem defeaning.

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Inspired by their mother who regularly sends medical supplies and other basic necessities to her native Ghana, these two sisters founded CNK Health Services, an organization focused on giving back to their community, assisting the underprivileged, and people experiencing homelessness.

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While celebrating her son Hunter’s birthday, Born This Way Foundation’s Executive Director Maya learned a very important lesson on how to Be There that she shared with us in honor of Stress Awareness Month.

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With an eco-fashion line that continues to grow each and every year and her own nonprofit Maya’s Ideas 4 the Planet, Maya Penn is making her mark as one of Gen-Z’s leaders in sustainability and environmental activism.

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Salsa bravely shares her mental health journey and reminds us of the important message that we all matter.

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After being laid off due to Covid-19, Mallory started Find Your/self Boxes, a company allows people to build custom self-care boxes to send to themselves or their loved ones who are struggling with their mental health.

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Born This Way Foundation’s Executive Director Maya Smith reflects on her community’s Reuse Day, the sacrifices her mother made so that their family always had what they needed, and how we can all spread kindness with those around us.

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When looking for a meaningful way to give to preschool students he worked with, Upper Dublin teen Aidan started the Spread Smiles Movement.

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Katharine Pettit Creative (KPC) partnered with the Black Mental Health Alliance to curate “Transcend, Uplifting Their Voices,” a virtual dance-centered concert that elevated Black Trans, Non-Gender Conforming, and Queer Youth mental health resources.

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Anushka is not only developing technology that will change biology and medicine forever, she is also advocating for greater representation of women and people of color in STEM.

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Amanda, lupus warrior and kindness punk, started the #LupusWithFlair to spread awareness on lupus and empower fellow lupus warriors to live life with flair.

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In addition to raising awareness with #StopAsianHate, AAPI youth are raising their voices, sharing their activism work, and starting thier own nonprofits.

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In 2020, Sarah started the Positive Change Project which highlights ideas for random acts of kindness that people can use in their daily lives to create a chain of kindness.

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Kindness and gratitude are interconnected! We are so grateful for teachers and everything they do for our communities! Today and every day, we celebrate the teachers in our lives and we invite you to share a story with us about how a teacher has shaped your life!

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Born This Way Foundation’s Taylor Parker bravely shares their path to recovery from addiction and offers up valuable words of wisdom to those who may also be dealing with addiction.

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Born This Way Foundation partnered with DonorsChoose to double each dollar going to classroom projects that connect students with mental health support.

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Eva Maria Lewis – a writer, activist builder, founded of Free Root Operation, a nonprofit organization that intercepts poverty-induced gun violence by investing in the healing and empowerment of Black and Brown communities.

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In honor of AAPI Heritage Month as well as Mental Health Awareness Month, this group of activists and doctors established Asians for Mental Health Scholarship Fund to support AAPI students interested in a career in mental health to tackle the underepresentation of AAPI mental health professionals.

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Born This Way Foundation Chief of Staff, Josh, reflects on his coming out journey, the healing power of dance, and the impact that Lady Gaga’s album “Born This Way” has had on him.

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I donated 90 dental hygiene kits to Child Haven, each complete with a short note, quote, and picture of an inspirational figure – to protect ninety smiles and to urge them to shine just a little brighter.

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I created Care Kits, each with tie-blankets and personally-written positive notes, to Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth

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After being diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease, Claude – with resilience and bravery – recieved major surgery, has regained the ability to walk again, and has realized “no change in my physical or even mental health can stop me from driving forth an agenda of kindness, even when it changes the ways I’m doing that.”

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10 years ago, Jean’s best friend was raped and murdered. As way to heal, she started The Angel Band Project, a national non-profit that provides free music therapy to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence. What began as an act of kindness for those affected by one particular tragedy has become a source of healing for hundreds of people affected by this type of trauma.

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Laura turns to “Girl Up Venezuela,” a passionate group of young female Venezuelan leaders to create a massive, positive change in the digital sphere around the way we use social media.

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Jenny–otherwise known as “Souper Jenny” + owns community-based restaurants in the city of the same name– decided to go on the road for a six-week kindness tour. Jenny traveled the country to give back, pairing up with local farms, buying produce, and turning it into soup for local communities, in addition to doing random acts of kindness.

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Kindness is advocacy + inclusitivity. On International Day of Person’s with Disabilities, Emma shares ways one can be an ally to friends, families, and community members with disabilities.

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In 2016, two sisters developed the Never Give Up Experience, a unique and innovative tool aiming at penetrating the silence and isolation surrounding patients experiencing eating disorders. Since the launch of the Experience, Never Give Up has reached out to over 5,000 persons at festivals, concerts, universities, and schools.

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During the pandemic, quarantine prevented people from seeing their friends and loved ones. But Brooklyn noticed two children communicating messages on their driveways via chalk. Inspired by their kind messages to eachother, she decided to communicate kind messages with chalk to her friends.

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Claire Coder, the founder and CEO of Aunt Flow and Flow Corp, advocates for access to basic quality necessities.

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For the past 7+ years, I have been running a mental health organization called Listen, Lucy. I host workshops, talks, and assemblies for schools and organizations. I share my story in hopes to end the stigma, normalize asking for help, and spread acceptance around the world.

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For the holiday season, high school seniors, Achla and Dasha, organized a virtual talent show that brought their local community closer during the pandemic. They also raised over $2,500 for Save the Children in the process!

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Nora VanRees, 15, created Here N Queer, a non-profit dedicated to LGBTQIA+ advocacy by educating and providing resources to local and international communities.

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I am the first transgender woman to have started the process of transition while participating at Putnam Clubhouse. I have become a Leader, Young Adult Coordinator, and the Facilitator and Coordinator of Putnam Clubhouse’s very first LGBTQ+ group.

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As we witnessed repeated video footage and images about the lack of value for Black life in America, I launched the “I Matter” project to provide an outlet for youth to process and express their thoughts, fears, and hopes.

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I was able to sew and donate over 500 masks by July to give to hospitals and essential workers in Arizona and across the country, sending masks coast to coast from California to New York and even Hawaii.

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As Chardalene was buying a book at the Scholastic Book Fair, she realized she didn’t have enough money for a book. A stranger showed her a simple act of kindness and covered the extra cost.

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After the Sandy Hook school shooting, the mom of slain child Jesse Lewis created Choose Love, a nonprofit organization honoring Jesse’s memory, providing no-cost and social-emotional learning and character development (SELCD) programs,

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When lupus warrior Amanda needed a logo for her lupus awareness campaign, she found kindness in an artist online.

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Nonprofit organization The Helpline Center holds its 10th annual Step Forward to Prevent Suicide walk. “If I can save one life, it’s worth every effort,” one of the walk’s advisory leaders said.

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Self-reflection is key to our self-awareness, Juan says. In an act of self-kindness, he reflects on his mental health after a year of COVID-19.

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As she moved from Texas to California, Terez found new neighbors sharing kindness with her in her new community.

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Carolyn listens to the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack to take care of her mental health – reminding herself it’s OK to not be OK.

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After losing her hair to Alopecia, Tiffany decided to found the Strands of Hope Campaign, a year-round event that strives to help any child who is suffering from hair loss receive a wig even if they are financially unable to afford one.

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Nadya Okamoto, a 23-year-old Harvard student, co-founded August, a lifestyle brand working to reimagine periods. Nadya was also the founder of PERIOD (period.org), an organization fighting to end period poverty and stigma.

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At only 8 years old, Maya started her own eco-fashion business – Maya’s Ideas. By the time she was 13, she gave three Ted Talks about environmental sustainability+ started her humanitarian nonprofit.

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Teens Arjun and Maya Govindarajstarted a club called, Mission BE A Resource (BEAR) with the goal of spreading awareness about Rainbow Rooms (where CPS workers can go and get supplies for abused and neglected children) and supporting underprivileged children through donations and volunteering.

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Allison Raskin – a writer, podcaster, and mental health advocate – started the mental health-focused Instagram account @EmotionalSupportLady to help other’s validate their feelings and provide communtiy to those struggling.

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At the start of 8th-grade, Rebekah moved from living abroad in El Salvador to California. But she soon experienced bullying. To combat this and bring her community together, she started Let’s Be Kind Day by gifting her student body the first Let’s Be Kind Tees.

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This nonprofit works to provide “LovePacks” – bags filled with a book addressing anxiety and depression; journals, stress balls, resources, and snacks- to kids in need.

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Recognizing the lack of LGBTQ+ representation growing up, Sage decided to change the narrative and created a zine that amplifies the creative POC’s in the LGBTQ+ community.

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At 7-years-old, Kamaria decided to start her own stationary business to increase Black representation.

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When COVID-19 filled Emily with anxiety and trauma, ribbon’s helped her find her center. Through ribbon dancing and art, Emily practices self-kindness and encourages others to do the same.

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A strong leader in STEM, Taylor raised $120,000 to send thousands of girls to see STEM movies in which the protagonist was a Black female lead + started the #BlackFriendBookChallenge, in which she fundraises money to distribute “The Black Friend” to schools, libraries, and communities.

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Nicknamed “Little Miss Flint,” this young Michigan resident works to improve the quality of water in her neighborhood and communities all across the country.

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10-year-old activist Havana Edwards-Chapman advocates for literacy, Black representation in STEM, and gun control all across the world.

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Salsa was experiencing suicidal ideation when she was turning 16, but after seeking help and talking to friends about how she felt, she was able to work through her mental health struggles.

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For his Eagle Scout project, Matthew gathered his friends and family members to transform an old building into a community center.

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Ana learned how to love her body – as she says, “healthy doesn’t mean skinny.”

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A strong advocate for women in STEM, Alia’s long-time fascination with space helped her win a prestigious “Genes in Space” competition at the age of 14.

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Jayla created the Photo Patch app, which helps youth and their incarcerated parents communicate by sharing photos and letters on a frequent basis.

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Stories of Kindness and Community

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