Krystian Leonard, 20, was born in New Mexico and raised in West Virginia where she currently attends West Virginia University Reed College of Media. She is the president of the nonprofit Shining S.C.A.R.S., which she founded four years ago, and is the author of the award winning children's book, Shining Scars. A speaker at TEDx and Contagious Optimism Live, Krystian takes her anti-bullying and self acceptance message to area schools and teen conferences. She is interested in working in the television industry. Krystian enjoys spending time with her Chihuahua, traveling with family, and finding adventure.
Channel Kindness is a digital platform created by Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. It is a safe space for young people to tell their stories of kindness, resilience, and community. By highlighting the people and organizations that are doing good in their communities, Channel Kindness’ audience is inspired to create a kinder and braver world, one story at a time.