The best part of my job (and really, my life) is that I am able to share with you the stories of amazing young people with whom we’ve had the pleasure and privilege of learning from about their experiences. This year, many of those stories came from our time with our Kindness in Community Fund recipient organizations and I’m so glad you got to follow along, online and on tour.
Mabelen shared her story about her work with HOPE GIVERS and how creating her short film, “Better Late Than Never” helped her embrace — and celebrate — her identity as a proud Asian American young woman.
We learned from Jalyssa as she shared her experience with Girls Embracing Mothers which helped her rebuild her relationship with her mom, Angelica, one trip at a time.
Isaiah shared his story of how Guitars Over Guns improved his confidence — and fostered his singing — at each visit to the studio.
We’ve learned from Skylar and Rahaf, who shared what Miry’s List has done — both as a recipient of services and a passionate volunteer — working to make a difference in the lives of recent refugees through small acts of kindness.
All of these young people exemplify how a small act of kindness impacted their lives for the better. They’re examples of the hope that surrounds us, even in the darkest times. Thank you for letting me tell you about what our team at Born This Way Foundation sees, experiences and hears every day – we couldn’t do any of it without you. Are you interested in continuing this work for our Kindness in Community Fund recipient organizations? Chip in what you can today.
Every young person deserves moments of kindness in their lives. And each of our Kindness in Community Fund organizations provides a sense of belonging, and yes, kindness, to young people across the country. They do this through providing housing, food, community, health care, free, accessible mental health resources, safe spaces for community building and creative expression, and more.
As Born This Way Foundation celebrates its 10th anniversary, our work will continue to be meeting young people where they are with resources to help them survive and thrive. That means continuing to partner with and fund community organizations through our Kindness in Community Fund.
Now that we look toward the next 10, 20, and 30 years, we have so many exciting things we hope to accomplish. But we couldn’t do that without you. As we gear up for 2023, donate to our Channel Kindness Holiday campaign which supports our Kindness in Community Fund.
Together, we’re building a kinder, braver world. Thank you for everything you do.