Join Our Advisory Board!

October 18, 2022

By Mariah Karis

Mariah Karis is a Program Associate for Born This Way Foundation, where she helps assist with Channel Kindness, Please Stay, and other programs. Previously, she has worked for Missoula Children’s Theatre, traveling and teaching over 3,000 youth around the U.S. and world a musical theatre production in a week. A recent University of Montana graduate in Journalism and Entertainment Management, and a Blackstone Launchpad/Future Founders Fellow, Mariah launched her small business, The Giddy Thrifter, in the summer of 2021 and went on to place in three collegiate pitch contests, most recently winning third as the only woman semi-finalist in the traditional venture category of MSU50k. Originally from small-town Wisconsin, Mariah is passionate about the arts, female entrepreneurship, and creating a world where kindness and mental health awareness is at the heart of all that is done.

Pledge to Take Action

My name is Mariah, my pronouns are she/her/hers, and I am program associate with Born This Way Foundation. I recently joined the team, and I am so excited to be connected with you and share an invitation – to join our 2022-2023 Advisory Board class.

As we celebrate 10 years of Born This Way Foundation, the core of our mission remains the same. Born This Way Foundation is an organization informed, shaped, and led by the young people with and for whom we do this work. Young people want to build a kinder and braver world, and know how to do so, and it’s up to us to connect them with the resources they need to make that future possible. Apply to join a visionary group of youth leaders ages 15-24.

Our 2021-2022 Advisory Board cohort showed kindness is action and that action is inextricably linked with our mental wellness in a number of ways. They’re inventing robots that teach Indigenous languages and celebrate culture, making music that raises awareness and drives action, advocating for Queer communities and communities of color, launching businesses that challenge norms and demand better accessibility for disabled communities, joining global panels on mental health, leading student mental wellness groups, creating internationally-recognized poetry competitions, founding nonprofits to address community needs, and more. They teach us every single day that there is no one way to be kind, to show up for your own and others’ mental health, but each path you take is valid and necessary for our collective wellness.

I hope you’ll consider clicking here to apply or sharing this link with a young person in your life so they can be part of this incredible experience: bornthisway.foundation/advisory-board-application.

Pledge to Take Action