Calif. Youth Attend Launch of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation
Youth leaders from across California joined Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey and others at Harvard University on Feb. 29 for the official launch of the Born This Way Foundation.
The foundation, created last year by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, aims to empower youth to be change makers in their communities.
Eighteen young activists from across the state were chosen by the California Endowment to participate in the Born This Way Foundation’s launch event, including a youth summit where they connected with organizers from other states.
"Opportunities like this don’t come often and we jumped at the chance to involve some of our Health Happens Here community youth leaders in this unique event that will empower, educate and inspire them with ideas about how to make they can take back to their communities," said Dr. Robert K. Ross, president and CEO of the California Endowment.
Health Happens Here is the endowment’s 10-year, $1 billion initiative to improve health in 14 underserved communities throughout California. The Born This Way Foundation connected with the endowment as part of its national outreach.
"We’re thrilled to have a strong and vocal new ally for our youth in the Born This Way Foundation and Lady Gaga," said Ross.
The California youth delegation partook in Youth Advocacy Bootcamp, online activism training, a bullying prevention summit and a tour of the Harvard campus. The day culminated with a keynote speech by Lady Gaga at the university’s Sanders Theatre.
"I want the Born This Way Foundation, through its three pillars of skills, safety, and opportunity, to come up with the greatest ways we can to empower youth all over the world," Lady Gaga told an audience that included Winfrey, Dr. Deepak Chopra and Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.