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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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