*The following media advisory was distributed in support of an event hosted by my friend Taylor M. Parker, recipient of Born This Way Foundation’s Channel Kindness Award. The media pitch received coverage from Indy-based stations WTHR and FOX59.*
Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation has selected IUPUI student Taylor M. Parker as their Indianapolis Channel Kindness Award winner. Taylor, a student of philanthropy at the university, was selected based on her commitment to improving her community through kindness and for her idea to host a clothing swap and menstrual product drive, organized by and benefiting IUPUI students.
The Channel Kindness Awards, a collaboration with Peace First, are a part of Born This Way Foundation’s programming around Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour which includes in venue activations, youth-led events, and community gatherings.
WHO: Born This Way Foundation, Peace First, and IUPUI LGBTQ+ Student Alliance
WHAT: Clothing Swap and Menstrual Product Drive
WHEN: Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: UC 115 815 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46202
In addition to providing community-building space, this event will be an opportunity discuss the inaccessibility of menstrual products on IUPUI’s campus. Menstrual product availability is an important injustice that often gets overlooked, and organizer Taylor M. Parker hopes to raise awareness about the need to address the issue, with the hope of changing university policy and programs that have a lasting impact on the community.
About Born This Way: Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2012 to support the wellness of young people and empower them to create a kinder and braver world. To achieve these goals, Born This Way Foundation leverages rigorous academic research and authentic partnerships in order to provide young people with kinder communities, improved mental health resources, and more positive environments – online and offline.
About Peace First: Peace First is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people around the world to become powerful peacemakers by investing in their ideas, providing them with tools and skills, connecting them with other awesome young people around the world and sharing their stories and impact with the world.