Lady Gaga’s Born Brave Bus Tour launches in the US
This month will see the start of Lady Gaga’s much anticipated Born This Way Ball Tour in the US. However, this leg of her tour will be accompanied by a very down-to-earth addition from Gaga’s charity the Born This Way Foundation – the Born Brave Bus.
The bus will provide a space for young people aged 13-25 to meet and celebrate their individuality. It will be a safe environment where everyone is encouraged to be the person they were born to be, in an effort to inspire bravery and promote self-acceptance. Food and music by Lady Starlight alongside fun and interactive activities will be arranged for guests, connecting them with local resources in their communities.
Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta founded the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF) in 2011 with the view of forming and promoting a more accepting society. The foundation is dedicated to creating a safe community where individuality is celebrated by connecting youth with skills, resources and opportunities. BTWF is a non-profit organisation which addresses issues including self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development through research, education and sponsorship.
For the tour BTWF has joined forces with several well-known American organisations including Campus Pride, GLSEN, HIVE & YOU Media, the National Council for Behavioural Health and Mentoring USA. Each organisation will join the Born Brave Bus offering visitors access to resources available in their local communities including behavioural and mental health services, school psychologists, mentoring, volunteer opportunities and bullying and suicide prevention resources. Guests to the Born Brave Bus will also have the opportunity to learn new digital media skills and to participate in research supported by BTWF.
“Now more than ever, our kids need access to support within their communities, including mental health services,” said Cynthia Germanotta, BTWF president and co-founder. “By connecting youth to these local resources, we hope to plant the seeds that will help them deal with today’s challenges and inspire them to continue exercising their strength and bravery well after the Born Brave Bus leaves town.”