“Growing up in a small town as a queer Latina was tough, especially because it was difficult connecting to the resources I needed. As president of my school’s LGBTQIA+ club, I discovered that other queer youth were in need of resources too – including mental health support – so I created a pamphlet with helpful information for my peers. My girlfriend suggested I add a link to Born This Way Foundation’s Bravest Map Ever. The Map, currently undergoing a redesign, shows youth the variety of resources available in their communities and helps them find the options that are right for their particular needs, situation, and preferences. Once the pamphlet was published, students raved about the Map as a way to find options for help they didn’t know existed and to take charge of their own wellness. The Map proved to be an empowering tool for youth struggling with mental illness or students looking for a liberating brave space. Being aware of available resources is essential to the wellbeing and even survival of queer youth. Simply having a link to the Map on our club’s pamphlet was not just a simple tool – it was a life saving resource.”

– Ash Lopez, United States

Founded by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation is committed to supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world. To achieve these goals, Born This Way Foundation leverages evidence-based programming and authentic partnerships in order to work with young people to build kinder communities and improve mental health resources.