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teen Mental Health First Aid

We’ve teamed up with the National Council for Behavioral Health to bring teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) to the U.S. This in-person training teaches high school students about common mental health challenges and what they can do to support their own mental health and help a friend who is struggling. It’s equipping young people with the knowledge and skills they need to foster their own wellness and to support each other. The program has successfully expanded to over 80 schools across the US (May 2020). This fall 2020, there will be an additional 100 schools across the country participating in tMHFA, encompassing nearly every corner of the country. We will then be inviting 100 more schools during fall 2020 to participate in tMHFA by spring 2021.

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Channel Kindness

Read about the everyday and heroic acts of kindness that fill our daily lives and shape our communities. Since its launch in 2016, we’ve trained over 250 youth reporters to recognize and report on the heroic acts of kindness happening in their everyday lives through in-person storytelling convenings and innovative monthly online classrooms so that young people - everywhere - can participate in this vital program and have their stories read. Further, our stories, calls to action, and inspirational content on CK social handles have been seen by well over 6 million people across all platforms. Submit your story today for a chance to be featured!

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BTWF in Las Vegas

Our co-founder Lady Gaga kicked off her residency in Las Vegas at Park MGM and we’ve joined her in this wonderful city! We’re working to support the wellbeing of young people in the area with more research on what they need to thrive, more resources to support their mental health, and more genuine opportunities for them to lead and strengthen their communities. During our time in Las Vegas, we have: trained an entire school in teenMHFA at Valley High School, hosted well over twenty service projects and donated over 5,000 items to local youth-focused nonprofits, signed up the entire City of Las Vegas to participate in #BeKind21, and launched the Channel Kindness Awards: Las Vegas highlighting and supporting local young people with innovative ideas that promote mental wellness for their community.

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Inspired by the idea that habits are formed by repeating an activity for 21 consecutive days, Born This Way Foundation launched #BeKind21 in 2018 to encourage the public to build a habit of kindness. Participants are invited to practice an act of kindness each day from September 1st to September 21st. Since its launch in 2018, we have recruited participants around the world who have pledged 160+ million acts of kindness.

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