We want YOU to join us and take part in a revolutionary project called “Text, Talk, and Act.”
On Thursday, December 5th, groups of people ALL OVER the USA will be taking part in an engaging, enlightening, and honest conversation about mental health. These important conversations will be taking place at the same time, in hundreds (maybe thousands) of different places and it’ll all be happening live, on your phone, via text message.
Starting or joining a conversation is super simple. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- At some point on December 5th, gather a group of 4 - 6 people, then start the 60 - minute process by texting ‘hi’ or ‘hello’ to a pre-assigned number (which we’ll share in the coming week)
- Engage as the texting service asks you questions, dialogue prompts, interesting quiz questions, and polls.
No, seriously. That’s it! So are you in?! Reblog or like this post to show us if you’ll be participating, along with Team BTWF, on December 5th.
You can even watch online as results are aggregated in real time. Why are we asking you to take part? Because mental health needs to be discussed in healthy, open and informative ways. We can’t wait to hear your voice as you take part in this important project.
Today, we take a moment to thank all of those who have served and currently serve our country. We thank each and every one of them for their willingness to sacrifice for the common good. To a kinder, braver, and more peaceful world.
Happy Veterans Day.
Check out this awesome press release detailing Team Born This Way’s incredible success in the ING NYC Marathon!!!!!
New York, NY (November 6, 2013) – Born This Way Foundation (BTWF) is excited to announce that over $130,000 was raised this past Sunday at the ING New York City Marathon. The hand-selected team of nine ran the 26.2 mile-long race in an effort to raise funds on behalf of the organization. Over 400 donations have been given, with SelectNY as a lead sponsor. Founded by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta in 2011, BTWF strives to foster a more accepting society.
“The inaugural BTWF NYC Marathon team truly demonstrated their bravery and commitment to the Foundation during yesterday’s race,” said BTWF President and Co-Founder Cynthia Germanotta. “It means so much to my daughter and I that we have such dedicated supporters. Together we will continue to connect young people in safe ways and empower them with the skills and opportunities to help them create a kinder and braver world.”
“It was an honor to run for Team BTWF. All nine of us ran for different reasons, but one reason that is consistent with the Foundation’s mission is to bring awareness to mental health issues,” said Dr. Sue Swearer, Chair of BTWF’s Research Advisory Board. “Earlier in the week, a 17-year old girl committed suicide and two of our runners knew the family. This lovely young girl had struggled with depression for several years and sadly, the struggle was too much. Our runners ran in her memory.”Funds generated by the team will support several initiatives including the Born Brave Bus Tour, an interactive “tailgate” experience that connects youth with local resources in their communities; the Bravest Map Ever, the largest online global map of critical resources and safe places sourced by young people; and ongoing research and program development as part of the Foundation’s commitment to empowering youth.
"Bringing people together to help such a universal, necessary and urgent cause was enlightening and life changing for me,” said Nicole Ehrlich, BTWF marathon team member, CEO of VALIS Studios and Lady Gaga collaborator. “Special thanks to the over 100 people and companies who supported this endeavor, especially SelectNY and the Ehrlich family who really went the extra mile."
"I was so proud to be representing Born This Way Foundation in Sunday’s race,” said 21-year old race car driver and marathon runner Ashley Freiberg. “I have always believed in celebrating individuality and bravery in young people and so I am happy I was able to help raise funds and spread awareness of the Foundation’s mission.”
To donate to the BTWF movement, please visit www.bornthiswayfoundation.org. Donations will go toward empowering young people, and addressing the issues of self- confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development. Together we will change our culture, and create a kinder and braver world.
Want to know a secret about the NYC Marathon’s Team Born This Way? One of our runners is an employee!! Meet Maya, one of our favorite people in the world. She did triple-duty as BTWF Staff, super mom, and Marathon Champion this weekend.
Read about her gritty, hilarious, and heart-warming experience, here
Cynthia is blogging for the Huffington Post again; this time, about Team Born This Way’s participation in the NYC Marathon! We want to know what YOU think about keeping youth more physically and mentally fit. Share your thoughts in the comments section in the blog: