This past weekend, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of CGS partnered with the Born This Way Foundation during the Born Brave Bus Tour at Six Flags Great Adventure, to show children and young adults that it’s not only okay to be yourself, but to be brave when standing up for the way you are as well.
The Born Brave Bus tour is an effort by Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to inspire bravery and promote self-acceptance among young people. Covered in artwork created by real Gaga fans, the bus and surrounding experience provides youth with an interactive way to meet like-minded peers, and to connect with local resources in their communities including behavioral and mental health services. Although counseling was not provided onsite, youth were directed to local professionals who are able to provide services to them on an individual basis.
During the event, guests were able to stop at different stations, each focusing on a different organization and activity. One station was set up to give visitor’s stamps promoting the themes, “love,” “brave,” and “born this way.” Another station urged participants to draw or write down their thoughts on poster board. A majority wrote about equality and being brave. Along with the activity stations, there were also interactive kiosks, two large Jenga game sets, and an opportunity to have your photo taken in front of a Lady Gaga backdrop.
The mission of the tour is to empower youth. CASA of CGS was proud to be a part of that mission and urges children and teens to be brave, kind, and show compassion to one another.
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties is a local organization that advocates for abused and neglected children to ensure that their needs do not go unheard. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to speak up for these children and to advocate for their best interest. CASA believes that every child deserves a safe, permanent, and loving home. If interested in becoming an advocate for a child in your community, please contact the office at 856-521-0734.
About The Born This Way Foundation
Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2011 to foster a more accepting society. The Foundation is dedicated to creating a safe community where individuality is celebrated by connecting youth with the skills, resources and opportunities they need to build a braver, kinder world. BTWF, a non-profit charitable organization, addresses issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development through research, education and advocacy. Please visit www.bornthiswayfoundation.org and join the youth-powered movement to build a braver, kinder world.
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