Our Reporters

Channel Kindness is a force for good, powered by the passion and purpose of young people. Launched by Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, it is a platform featuring stories of kindness as documented by young people from around the US. These youth reporters, ages 16 to 24, have been recruited to identify and document the acts of generosity, compassion, and acceptance that define their generation and shape their communities.

Hanna Atkinson

Hanna Atkinson 23, lives in Littleton Colorado. She has been an avid public speaker and gave the commencement speech at her high school graduation. She became a Denver 7 contributor in 2015 and was awarded the Heartland Broadcast Emmy in 2017 for her segment "More Alike Than Different." Hanna was selected to be a Special Olympic International Health Messenger in 2017 to educate fellow athletes on becoming their best in sports and in life. She is creating a business to inspire joy, acceptance, and empowerment in memory of her brother, and she volunteers for many community nonprofits. In Hanna's free time she likes to ski, cycle, works out, plays chess, and listens to classical music.

Julianna Beauvais

Julianna Beauvais, 19, is an undergraduate student at West Chester University of Pennsylvania studying media and journalism. Beauvais aspires to travel the world sharing the stories of people overcoming adversity, specifically giving a voice of hope to women and children of domestic abuse. After graduating, she plans to continue her education and complete a Masters degree in speechwriting and journalism. She spends her free time with friends and working to save money to travel.

Daniel Blaine

Daniel Blaine, 15, is currently a sophomore at Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Illinois. He is the oldest brother to four siblings and very involved with the local domestic violence organization A Safe Place. Blaine has given speeches and has successfully completed a mentorship program, in addition to his involvement at A Safe Place - all of which he credits in helping him become the accomplished young man he is today.

Crystal Chan

Crystal Y. Chan, 15, is a sophomore at Lowell High School in San Francisco, California. She is the Founder and President of her school's Days for Girls Club, which distributes sustainable feminine hygiene products to women in need and aims to destigmatize menstruation through educating her peers within the community. In her free time, she is a Reading Partners volunteer at an elementary school, a Girl Up community leader, and volunteers at her local library. Crystal speaks three dialects of Chinese in addition to English and enjoys trying new foods, watching sitcoms, and strolling through the streets of Chinatown.

Brian Chao

Brian Chao, 20, was born and raised in California and attended Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach. He is currently a junior at the University of Pennsylvania where he studies cognitive science with a minor in healthcare management and neuroscience, and currently works as a research assistant at Penn's Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research. Brian is a mental health advocate and is involved in various mental wellness organizations at his school, such as Active Minds and Penn Wellness. He is also a musician in the Penn Symphony Orchestra, and has a passion for storytelling, travel, and food.

Alison Cohen

Ali Cohen, 17, is a junior at Chandler Preparatory Academy in Chandler, Arizona. She has channeled her passion for girls' education into the United Nations "Girl Up" campaign, where she serves as the director for the state of Arizona, and the 1000 Dreams Fund Student Advisory Board, a non-profit that provides scholarships and mentorship to young women. In addition, she's also passionate about civics, which led her to serve on the Citizen University Youth Collaboratory.

Jacob Cramer

Jacob Cramer, 17, was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and is currently a rising senior at Orange High School. Since he was thirteen years old, Jacob has been running his nonprofit organization, Love for the Elderly, which works in more than 60 countries to inspire people to demonstrate appreciation and care toward their elders. He serves as editor-in-chief of his school newspaper, the Orange Outlook and is a newsroom intern at the Cleveland Jewish News. In his free time, Jacob enjoys playing his ukulele, being with friends, playing with his dog, and running.

Yanelle Cruz

Yanelle Cruz Bonilla, 23, was born in raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. In early 2017, Yanelle was named a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate scholar and transferred to Tufts University to complete her bachelor's degree. She worked at the Urban Institute and the Latino Victory Foundation, and completed public policy fellowships at Google and the Fund for American Studies. She's now a junior studying sociology and political science. When she's not studying, Yanelle is working as a research assistant with the Department of Sociology at Tufts. Yanelle aspires to attend a joint MPP/JD program upon graduation and then become an advocate for low-income communities through policy-making and law.

Addison Dlott

Addison Dlott, 20, is an undergraduate student at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, majoring in documentary studies and production. She is a storyteller who utilizes her passion to make media that matters and is a devoted youth health/safety and autism awareness advocate. Currently, she serves as a Membership Assistant with the National Organizations for Youth Safety.

Nicholas Doorlay

Nic Doorlay, 16, was born and raised in Walnut Creek, California. He is a junior at College Park High School. He has volunteered performing magic at a local senior center, and actively volunteers at the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano. In his free time, Nic participates in Varsity Track and Field for his high school, where he competes in the high jump category. He spends the remainder of his free time doing his calculus homework.

Perri Easley

Perri Easley, 18, is currently a senior at the Morristown-Beard School in Morristown, New Jersey. She is a two-term president of her school’s Social Justice Board and French Club. She is a lifelong member of Morris County Jack and Jill, a leadership and service-based organization, and serves as the Senior Teen Group Marketing Officer. Furthermore, she has served on the Cornerstone Family Program's Junior Board for two years. Perri spent the summer of 2017 in Rennes, France, and also her Spring Break of 2018 in Nantes, France, to soak up the culture and improve her fluency. She loves reading, listening to music, traveling, photography, and documentary filmmaking in her spare time.

Delaney Faught

Delaney Faught, 22, is a Michigan-native currently living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2016, attaining a bachelor’s degree in communication studies with a minor in nonprofit administration. Currently, she works for Kids' Food Basket, a nonprofit that serves healthy meals to nearly 7,500 west Michigan children every weekday. Delaney also teaches local middle and high school students, and, in her free time, she enjoys exploring Michigan’s beautiful outdoors and enjoying a good book.

Deshlee Ford

Deshlee Ford, 22, graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. She spent time working at publications in El Paso, Texas and Gainesville, Florida to create different written and photo projects. Deshlee volunteers in her community and beyond – from helping care center residents in El Paso, to traveling to Haiti after Hurricane Matthew to help distribute sanitary kits and document the effort of the Health Education Project team. In her free time, she also enjoys playing guitar, singing karaoke, thrifting, collecting vinyls and cassettes, reading tarot, metaphysics, languages, and cuddling with her dog Kālī.

Brooke Goldman

Brooke Goldman, 15, is a sophomore at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in NYC. This past summer, she traveled throughout Alaska to film a documentary about Alaska's small village of Newtok's relocation. She co-founded a nonprofit organization with her sister Ava, CLIMIGRATE.ORG. Brooke is also a U.S.O. volunteer at JFK airport where she greets veterans and active duty soldiers and their families. In middle school, she enjoyed composing music with the New York Philharmonic, and she currently still has a love for music in the form of her ukelele and guitar.

Josh Greenblatt

Josh Greenblatt, 24, is a multi-disciplined theatre artist in New York, New York. Josh performs with many different theatre companies in NYC, has appeared on film and in web-series work, and was heard as a voiceover performer on Disney Junior. Josh also loves playing the piano and saxophone, is learning the guitar, is into aerial acrobatics and gymnastics, and has a blog showcasing his own poetry. Upon graduating NYU in 2015, he traveled to Israel and around Europe and became very interested in spirituality and how widespread alignment with universal principles might solve our world's many issues.

Brooklynn Gross

Brooklynn Gross, 18, is a senior at Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, South Dakota. She enjoys reading, writing, playing piano, and volunteering. Brooklynn published a children's book about dental health, and she also teaches students about healthy-lifestyle topics through the South Dakota Teens as Teachers program. She hopes to become a high school English teacher and a children's book author.

Terrius Harris

Terrius Harris, 22, lives in Oxford, MS as a current undergraduate student at the University of Mississippi aspiring for a Bachelor of Business Administration in international business degree and a Bachelor of Arts in French; with minors in international studies, environmental studies, marketing, and entrepreneurship. It is his professional goal to one day be a U.N. Ambassador, a role in which he desires to identify and understand the international relevance of indigenous communities worldwide.

Alfredo Hernandez

Alfredo Hernandez, 24, was born and raised in North Hollywood, CA. During his time at California State University, Los Angeles, where he received his B.A. in cinema with a minor in social media marketing, Alfredo was part of the Queer Connection, a safe space for LGBTQIA+ to meet and have a place to call their own. He is also a part of Hermanos Unidos, a Latin-based organization dedicated to empowering students through education, community service and networking opportunities in the hopes of becoming Academic Scholars, Community Leaders, and Young Professionals.

Kirah Horne

Kirah Horne, 17, is a senior at Auburn Riverside High School in Auburn, Washington. She plans to attend college next year to study sociology with a certificate in forensics. She volunteers at the Auburn Valley Humane Society because she believes that every animal deserves a home and to be happy. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and reading.

Sanah Jivani

Sanah Jivani, 20, is an honors college student double majoring in sociology and communications at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is the founder of a non-profit organization called The Love Your Natural Self Foundation, which focuses on empowering individuals. Outside of that, she is also one of the We Are Family Foundation's Global Teen Leaders, a TEDx Speaker, an American Association of University Women Student Advisory Council Member, an America’s Promise Alliance Board of Trustee Member, a Pearson student Advisor, a State Farm Youth Advisory Board Member, a DoSomething, and College Board Youth Advisory Council Member, and a 2016-2017 Character Counts Person of Character.

Cassidy Saige Kolbe

Saige Kolbe, 16, is a junior at Sioux City West High School. She loves drumming, colorful hair, and football. In her free time, she enjoys watching "RuPaul's Drag Race" and hanging out with friends. She hopes to one day change the world for the better. Currently a second degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do, she would also one day love to own a restaurant or become a recreational therapist.

Elissa Lee

Elissa Lee, 24, spent her childhood in Austin, Texas, her adolescence in Taiwan, and her college years at UC Berkeley. She has founded initiatives around storytelling and mental health and arts education. Previously, she worked at Too Small to Fail, coordinating a national campaign to promote the importance of early brain and language development in children. Elissa currently resides in sunny LA, pursuing a degree in occupational therapy and researching chronic conditions in medically underserved populations. She is passionate about increasing access to healthcare systems and creating a kinder world through the written word.

Sharon Lin

Sharon Lin, 19, is a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a research assistant for the MIT Media Lab's Camera Culture Group. She has worked as an advisor for Facebook InspirED and the Harvard Making Caring Common initiatives and currently works as a hackathon coach for Major League Hacking. She is also the Hackathon Chair for the MIT Bitcoin Club and serves on the Undergraduate Association Community Service Committee. She is interested in research into social and emotional learning and is currently working as an editorial assistant for an MIT publication on integrated educational strategies.

Connor Long

Connor Long, 23, lives in Colorado and is an active disability advocate, speaker, actor and athlete. His advocacy work has been recognized by the National Down Syndrome Society, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, The Arc of the United States, Council for Exception Children, the Sie Foundation, among others. His film projects & acting have screened and garnered awards from festivals across the globe, and he has earned a regional Emmy for his special-segment reporting with a major station in Denver.

Ashley Lopez

Ash López, 24, is a socially conscious web developer and college student originally from South East Los Angeles. Ash grew up in the small town of Lancaster. There she excelled as a compassionate and committed leader in her community. Her leadership includes becoming a youth board member at multiple nonprofits in the Antelope Valley and Los Angeles. After attending a web development boot camp, she became a Diverse Scholar fellow. During the fellowship, she became an Echoing Green fellow and Voto Latino: Innovators Challenge semi-finalist. Ash later joined forces with Humanistic Technologies to change the world. As Channel Kindness reporter, Ash hopes to fill the world with kindness- one story at a time.

Sarah Luft

Sarah Luft, 23, was born and raised in Westbrook, Connecticut and currently lives in Stamford, Connecticut. Sarah serves as a brand associate at the nonprofit SeriousFun Children's Network. Sarah completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Connecticut with a double major in culture & youth development and economics, and a minor in human rights. In her free time, you’ll find Sarah reading, learning, or adventuring and daydreaming about the world, its people, and its food.

Sonya Matejko

Sonya Matejko is the Senior Manager of Communications at Situation – a digital agency that helps brands build passionate communities through digital-first marketing strategies. She focuses on reputation management by elevating the agency through curated events, awards, speaking opportunities, thought leadership, internal communications, press, and more. Before Situation, Sonya spent over four years at SapientRazorfish on the Creative Excellence team leading the awards process for offices in North America, South America, and Asia-Pacific. In her spare time, you’ll find Sonya writing in coffee shops, teaching yoga, nurturing a community on Instagram, traveling the world or exploring her own backyard in NYC.

Nicholas McCardle

Nicholas McCardle, 21, is from West Virginia where he is currently a student at West Virginia University in the Health Informatics and Information Management Program. Nicholas serves as a student ambassador for WVU School of Medicine Professional Programs and holds a deep interest in the realm of healthcare. He plans on either pursuing an MBA in healthcare administration or JD, and hopes to become an advocate for improving children's access to health care. In his free time, Nicholas enjoys painting & drawing, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.

Jessica Morales

Jessica Morales, 23, was born and raised in Coral Springs, Florida. She received her Bachelor's in Communicational Studies degree and a minored in commercial music business from Florida Atlantic University. While attending FAU, Jessica participated in a volunteer excursion to Nicaragua, where she helped establish and build an eco-friendly infrastructure and school. Jessica is currently pursuing her career in music, but in her free time, she enjoys baking, going on adventures, listening to live music, and cuddling with her cat, Zuko.

Isaiah Morgan

Isaiah Morgan, 22, was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado. After graduating from Colorado State University-Pueblo in 2017, Isaiah began working for a mental and behavioral health center as their Marketing and PR Coordinator. He hopes to positively influence those around him by advocating the message that hard work, kindness, and passion are crucial if you want to change yourself and the world. Isaiah enjoys snowboarding, golfing, and working out, and he has a passion for his community and entrepreneurship.

Madison Mosley

Maddie Mosley, 24, is currently studying broadcast journalism and Spanish at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She believes in the importance of female empowerment, and she also works for Feed My Starving Children, a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. In her spare time, you'll catch her dancing, beat boxing, playing sports, spending time with loved ones and obsessing over all things Oprah.

Rose Nguyen

Rose Nguyen, 17, is a junior at Western Heights High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She is the representative for Ward 1 in the Oklahoma City's Youth Council. She also served on the Federal Reserve's Student Board of Directors for Oklahoma City. Through the Oklahoman's Teen Journalism Program, Rose published an article about the effects of family death on adolescents. Rose hopes to major in neuroscience and become a pediatrician. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, knitting, crocheting and spending time teaching her little brother the alphabet.

Taylor M. Parker

Taylor M. Parker, 20, is a graduate student at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in Indianapolis, where she received her undergraduate degree focusing in women's and cross-cultural philanthropy. As a life-long learner and nurturer, she has strong passions for wide-spread civic engagement and the culture of kindness for all people. When she isn’t writing research papers or organizing fundraisers, Taylor enjoys volunteering with friends, writing letters and poetry, making themed mixtapes, and attending live performances.

Morgan Pendleton

Morgan Pendleton, 19, is currently attending West Virginia University as a biology major with intentions of continuing on to medical school. Morgan is from Lewisburg, West Virginia. She is also on the WVU competitive cheerleading team, an advocate for childhood disease, and is involved with the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Her goal in life is to one day become a pediatric trauma surgeon.

Jacqueline Powell

Jackie Powell, 21, grew up in Irvington, NY. She currently studies international relations and journalism at the University of Rochester. Jackie hosts her own radio talk show and serves as a columnist at her school newspaper, The Campus Times. Her talk show and columns focus on the intersection of feminism, social justice and sports. She also is working on an investigative report on mishandled campus sexual assault cases. Jackie’s other interests include the Boston Red Sox and anything British.

Kelbin Ramirez

Kelbin Ramirez, 24, was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in telecommunication production. He is an on-air traffic personality for the local radio station HITS 973. His interests include watching movies at theaters, dancing, and being awful at karaoke. Kelbin ultimately aspires to spread positivity with every project he works on.

Nicholas Roades

Nick Roades, 22, was born and raised in a small town outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. He has always had a passion for human rights and mental health. His goal is to spread acceptance and information through his small community to challenge stigmas and stereotypes. Nick plans to further his education at Northern Kentucky University and study marketing/advertising in the autumn of 2018.

Sarah Ryan

Sarah Ryan, 17, is a high school junior from Holbrook, Massachusetts. For the past three years, Sarah has worked with The 84 Movement, a youth-led organization focused on tobacco prevention. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of her school newspaper, The Holbrook Hub. Passionate about both advocacy and journalism, Sarah hopes to use her voice to make a difference.

Zachariah Sippy

Zachariah "Zach" Sippy, 17, is a senior at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky. Zach serves as the Chair of Kentucky High School Democrats and as the Student Director of Grassroots Initiatives and Engagement for the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team. He is dedicated to exploring issues around school climate. In his free time, Zach enjoys debating, television binging, and spending time with friends.

Tia Spagnuolo

Tia Spagnuolo, 24, was born and raised in Wyoming, PA. She received her Master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Misericordia University in 2016 and currently works as a voice therapist in a private practice. She also helps to run PATAsphere, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing children a safe, supportive environment to receive state-of-the-art training in the performing arts.

Amy Sun

Amy Sun, 23, graduated from Johns Hopkins University and is a business analyst at McKinsey and Company. She was born in Indiana, raised in Michigan, and now lives in Chicago. She is a co-founder and director of the Little Stars Foundation, a nonprofit youth organization, which provides services to local children and seniors that enrich their lives through music. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, playing the violin, and traveling.

Emma Suttell

Emma Suttell, 16, is a high school sophomore from Phoenix, Arizona. She is an executive officer of Veterans Heritage Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, writing, and telling the stories of our nation's veterans. Emma is an avid volunteer in her community, actively involved in children's ministry and teaching children's musical theatre programs. An aspiring journalism major, Emma is a student blogger and writer for several online and local publications and is especially passionate about encouraging fellow high school students throughout America to become leaders of awareness and acceptance in their own communities. In her free time, she enjoys performing with her show choir, playing piano, and blogging.

Victoria "Tori" Taylor

Tori Taylor, 17, is from Davie, Florida. She is currently a senior at Design and Architecture Senior High, where she studies entertainment technology. An advocate for LGBTQ+ rights with a focus on anti-bullying, she is co-founder and co-president of DASH’s Peer2Peer, an organization with a focus on cross-age peer counseling. In her spare time, she likes spending time with friends, bullet-journaling, and taking part in adrenaline/ extreme-sport activities, such as skydiving.

Molly Titus

Molly Titus, 20, was born and raised in Spencer, West Virginia. She is currently a junior at West Virginia University, where she studies strategic communications with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in business. She loves being involved with people in her community, whether it be reading to elementary school children or volunteering at the local nursing home. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and ballet dancing.

Drew Voris

Drew Voris is one of the 3,000 students trained in the pilot teen Mental Health First Aid program this year. Since then, he has been a part of multiple discussions regarding mental health and how to better help teens through this epidemic of teen suicide. He recently graduated from Kickapoo High School and looks forward to attend Missouri State University to pursue a degree in Professional Writing.

Colleen Werner

Colleen Werner, 21, was born and raised in Long Island, New York. Colleen is studying psychology at SUNY Old Westbury, and she plans on going to graduate school for mental health counseling to achieve her dream of starting an eating disorder treatment program for dancers. In her free time, Colleen enjoys volunteering as a Crisis Counselor for Crisis Text Line and snuggling with her dogs.

Michael Winn

Michael is a 27-year-old writer from Melbourne, Australia. He is the creator of WriteForYourFight.com, with a particular interest in telling stories about mental health, sexuality, humanity, and kindness.

Sophia Xia

Sophia Xia, 18, is a student at MIT studying computer science & engineering and mathematics. She is the founder of her high school’s nationally ranked Science Bowl Team and has conducted award-winning research in Abstract Algebra and Graph Theory. A strong advocate for empowering females in STEM, Sophia is on the board of the MIT Society of Women Engineers. In her free time, Sophia finds joy in engulfing herself in the world of music, dancing on the MIT Asian Dance Team, and filling our world with more positivity and kindness.

Richard Yoo

Ricky Yoo, 17, is a high school senior from Suwanee, Georgia. He is involved in several social justice organizations such as the National Youth Leadership Council, Harvard Making Caring Common Project, and the NBC Education Nation. Ricky is interested in social entrepreneurship, management, and business, and he hopes to create his own nonprofit organization committed to advancing education equity. When he finds time to relax, he enjoys reading narrative nonfiction literature, spending time with his friends, or playing the guitar.

Mark Young

Mark Young, 19, is a journalism major at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is a GLAAD Campus Ambassador for his college, where he started an LGBTQ+ club called "Safe Space." He hopes to write about LGBTQ+ people in the intersections of topics like the media, sports and politics. In his free time, he is an avid tennis fan, book reader, binge watcher, and writer.

Jessica Zhang

Jessica Zhang, 16, is a student at Middlesex School in Concord, MA. She started her nonprofit, Yoga4youths, to teach yoga and mindfulness in public and private schools with high suicide rates. In addition, she has achieved a President's Volunteer Service Award and is currently a Miss CEO ambassador and Girl Up club leader to further female empowerment. Last summer, she worked as a writing intern at the Stanford Daily, learning collegiate journalism from the current editor-in-chief, Ada Statler. When she's not avidly reading books, writing, or watching TEDx Talks, Jessica can be found meditating and practicing yoga.