Born This Way Foundation

Born This Way Foundation (BTWF) was founded in 2012 by Grammy Award-winning artist Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta. Committed to supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world, the foundation shines a light on the real stories of young people, supports meaningful research related to increasing youth wellness, and builds effective partnerships with like minded organizations.

Working with more than 50 nonprofits, BTWF has connected over 150,000 young people with services and programming in their communities. BTWF has also partnered with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the National Council for Behavioral Health, and the National Association of School Psychologists to collect data from more than 2,500 youth. This research, presented before the American Psychological Association, improved understanding of young people's views of mental health services and delivery methods.

In 2012, BTWF established the Youth Advisory Board (YAB). Made up of young people from around the country - diverse in race, gender, and orientation - the YAB represents youth from a wide range of experiences and backgrounds. Wheelock College junior and Passion Scholar Zachary Kerr is a member of the YAB. The YAB advises BTWF about the issues facing youth today, and its members serve as advocates, sharing information and empowering others in their schools and communities.

BTWF believes it is critical to foster young people's emotional intelligence - which, as research shows, leads to greater self-awareness, compassion, and acceptance of others. It has also been proven to increase overall performance in school, decrease problem behavior, enhance relationships, and reduce mental health problems.

Born This Way Foundation is working to accomplish this goal by communicating with young people directly, collaborating with organizations that are dedicated to improving youth mental and emotional health, and supporting quality academic research to inform these efforts.

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