FREE2LUV HOSTS FREE2BEME SUMMER WORKSHOP SERIES

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This summer, youth across the country are sharing what’s in their heart at our interactive Free2BeME workshops.  We are so proud of our teen mentors and Youth Advocates who are co-hosting events in their community and we can’t wait to share all of the amazing heart art!  Through art, we can heal, learn more about ourselves and interact with others in a powerful and meaningful way. Check out our Free2BeME Art Gallery and join us on a journey of self-discovery and create your own art.This project was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture.  A BIG thank you to 4Culture!

Free2Luv Rocks Pride Month with Limited Edition Stone Bracelet Promotion

We’re rockin’ PRIDE and June as Bead Relief’s Charity of the Month and we’re super excited to share our NEW limited edition natural stone bracelet! Show your true colors and give back in a fashionable way! With every purchase of our stone bracelet, you’ll receive a rainbow bead bracelet FREE! Every purchase supports our mission to end bullying and redefine LOVE!! Thank you for your support. SHOP HERE

Free2Luv Celebrates Pride Month

Let LUV OUTSHINE hate! At Free2Luv, we make it our daily mission to celebrate individuality, rock kindness and stand up to bullying. Will you join us to kick off PRIDE Month and let our LBGTQ community know they’re not alone? 9 out of 10 LGBTQ youth are bullied and 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBT. Let’s change these stats! I care, do YOU?

We’ve got a month of celebrating in store filled with fun promotions, giveaways and campaigns. Sign up so you don’t miss a bit of our LUV in Action!

The Change Tours East Coast Spreading the Free2LUV Word

Meet The Change, an all-girl funk band passionate about making a difference. These beautiful game changers and Youth Advocates are touring throughout the East Coast sharing their inspirational stories and Free2Luv’s empowerment messaging.  This Spring, they’ve reached several thousand middle and high schoolers where students have taken our kindness pledge, rocked the Million Sign Mission and participated in our Free2BeME workshops. Get to know Bethany, JeDah, Kayla and Ary’an more in our latest Rock LUV Not Hate feature CLICK HERE

HELP US MAKE AN IMPACT. TOGETHER. #GIVEBIG

Make a difference on GiveBIG Day!  From now through May 3rd, we ask you to open your heart and aid us in supporting our youth who at times feel alone, unwanted or hopeless. You can be a Champion for Change and help us save and enhance the lives of youth.

What’s special about this donation is the Seattle Foundation will partially match every gift! Our goal is to raise $5,000 to benefit our new Free2BeME youth community outreach and our We Care program where we gift empowerment packages to youth being bullied, considering or suffering from self-harm or going through a difficult time. 

On behalf of the youth we serve, we thank you so much for your LUV and support.  Know that your donation is helping save and enhance lives and we are so grateful for your contribution. Together, we can make an impact! #BeBIG #GiveBIG

Free2Luv Co-Produces LGBT Short Film

Did you know that 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBT? Can you imagine not loving your child based on their sexuality? Coming out isn’t always a PIECE OF CAKE. We’re delighted to be working on this short film with Free2Luv Advocate Ella Lentini and The Riot Life in support of LGBTQ youth. We’re proud to have Shannon Beveridge, YouTube star of NowThisIsLiving channel, join the cast as the lead opposite Ella. A portion of the fundraising benefits our youth empowerment programs and LGBTQ youth. We look forward to sharing this journey with each of you!

BREAKING NEWS … Delighted to announce that Piece of Cake has won an IndieFEST Film Award and is an official selection at the Long Beach Indie International Festival!  So proud of Ella and Shannon and the entire Piece of Cake team!

The Change and Free2Luv Release New Empowerment Anthem

If you could make a difference in the lives of youth suffering from bullying, depression or self-harm for 99 cents, would you? We’re super excited to share our new empowerment anthem, BE THE CHANGE created by all girl funk band, The Change.  100% of the proceeds from this uplifting tune benefits our youth empowerment initiatives, so not only can you add an awesome song to your playlist, you can also support youth being bullied.  DOWNLOAD NOW

The Magic Carpet Project ~ A Celebration of Diversity

We are really excited to share this beautiful project promoting the diversity of beauty, body acceptance and self love!  The super talented and passionate Amanda Valentine of Redrum Collaboration traveled the country shooting images of women and feminine beauties (including transgender) against the same roll out rug.

What came from her journey is a gorgeous limited edition table top book featuring 80 awesome self-identified women; creating a tribute and celebration of ALL beauty.  Amanda is generously donating the proceeds of her beautiful new project, The Magic Carpet Project to Free2Luv.  CLICK HERE

Here’s a sneak peek …

The purpose behind the roll out rug is to showcase a wide variety of beauty against one consistent background … with hopes doing so will promote the diversity of beauty and self love!

“My goal is to open the eyes of each ‘beholder’ and promote love and compassion. To open the eyes of those who need to truly see themselves as beautiful, valuable beings of light. To help encourage those who walk with their head hung low in attempt to be invisible to the harshness of others to *lift their chins* and walk with their heads held high. And to find a way to boost the self esteem of those with such sharp tongues… to help them find themselves and their value on this planet so that they don’t continue to perpetuate hate in attempt to lift themselves up. And I think the love, acceptance and awareness that Free2Luv promotes is a great way to get important conversations started… with our children… and with each other. To prevent even just one being’s eyes from filling up with tears and feeling worthless at the expense of bullying will make the year I have invested in this project so far completely worth it. To open the eyes of just one child who doesn’t fit the cookie-cutter standards of beauty in today’s world and have them say, ‘I could do that. I could be a model. That girl looks just like me when I grow up!’… every second, every time that carpet knocked me over when trying to move it, every pound of gear lugged…. worth it”, says Valentine.

Free2Luv Wins Tom’s of Maine ’50 States for Good’ Grant

We are thrilled to announce we are the WINNER of Tom’s of Maine ’50 States for Good’! We thank these beautiful gamechangers for helping us further our efforts to create a kinder, braver, more loving world for our youth. And we thank each of you for your commitment and dedication to our movement.

“On behalf of the youth we serve, we thank Tom’s of Maine for their assistance in furthering our bullying prevention initiatives. This grant will help us extend our community outreach and touch the lives of more youth,” says Co-Founder and President, Tonya Sandis.

Seattle’s Mayor Proclaims October 17th Free2Luv ROCK KINDNESS Day!

BREAKING NEWS! Mayor Ed Murray proclaims October 17th Free2Luv ROCK KINDNESS Day and invites the community to be advocates for kindness! We are so honored to stand with the City of Seattle to create a safe and kind environment where youth feel safe, celebrated and empowered.

To mobilize the community around bullying prevention, Free2Luv has teamed up with Taco Time NW and Clear Channel Outdoor to ROCK KINDNESS.

FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS BULLY billboards have hit the highways featuring Youth Advocates actor Jason Drucker and musician Maddy Vance, inviting the community to #TakeThePledge.

Taco Time NW has created a kindness themed bag for their kids’ meals reaching hundreds of thousands of Pacific NW families and fostering conversations around kindness and the kindness pledge.

On October 17th, we’re rolling out the red carpet for a VIP ROCK KINDNESS Empowerment Day for underserved youth, bringing them together to spread kindness, raise awareness of the bullying epidemic and foster the well being of the youth in our community. Event festivities include an interactive art project, “Make Your Own Taco” bar hosted by Taco Time, visit from Mayor Ed Murray leading the group in taking Free2Luv’s Kindness Pledge, Free2Luv empowerment cupcakes compliments of Trophy Cupcakes and an inspirational concert by Maddy Vance.

Free2Luv Launches Empowerment Line of Apparel with Raeli Designs

RAELI DESIGNWe know that a strong self-esteem and self-image begins early and we’re super excited to share our brand new line of ‘I AM UNIQUE’ apparel by Raeli Designs. This boutique company strives to bring eco and socially conscious families together with fun, fashionable clothing and accessories and has created an adorable line utilizing Free2Luv positive messaging.  Every purchase benefits our WE CARE program supporting youth being bullied. CLICK HERE to see our beautiful organic cotton line of bibs, beanies, leggings and more!

Fresh Words Market Teams Up with Free2Luv to End Bullying

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We’re super excited to be teaming up with Fresh Words Market to bring you awesome, original modern art prints that inspire children and adults alike. For every print sold, they’re generously donating 30% of the proceeds to Free2Luv when you use coupon code FWM2LUV at checkout through October.  We invite you to visit FreshWordsMarket.com to check out their amazing and inspirational art and while you’re there, check out their awesome FREE2LUV blog post!

Free2Luv Partners with UB Alberti Center & Dr. Amanda Nickerson

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We’re excited to announce that we are partnering with UB Alberti Center and Dr. Amanda Nickerson to stand up to end bullying abuse in schools and in the community.  This collaboration of like-minded agents for change combines the Alberti Center’s wealth of knowledge and evidence-based tools with Free2Luv’s thought provoking awareness campaigns and outreach.

Dr. Nickerson is an internationally known expert on bullying abuse and school violence prevention who has been published in numerous scholarly journals as well as written several books of her own. We look forward to sharing their insightful research to effectively change the language, attitudes, and behaviors of educators, parents, students, and society.  Stay tuned for eye-opening statistics on bullying and bystander intervention, cyberbullying, and bullying of LGBTQ youth & individuals with disabilities.

Free2Luv Co-Hosts #LoveWins Essay Competition

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What does it mean to you to be Free2Luv? To celebrate the recent SCOTUS ruling, we’re excited to be co-hosting a special “Love Wins” essay competition with New Millennium Writings (NMW), an award-winning literary journal founded in 1996.  We’re calling for essays asking people what the recent SCOTUS decision means to them and their community. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication in the NMW anthology and on their website. The contest will run from July 8th to August 31st.

The Love Wins essay award winner will be chosen by Guest Judge and Free2Luv Celebrity Ambassador Thea Gill, actress, singer, and LGBTQ activist, best known for her starring role as Lindsay Peterson in the landmark Showtime television series Queer as Folk. Ms. Gill will choose the top winner from selected finalists, and the award will be announced on October 11th, National Coming Out Day.

“Special contests like this are a rarity for NMW,” says Alexis Williams Carr, Editor and Publisher of New Millennium Writings. “We ran one on the eve of the millennium and another in 2008 to celebrate America’s first black president – two other momentous events that impacted our nation and the entire world. We’re thrilled to add the Love Wins essay competition to that list and to partner with Free2Luv and Lambda Literary.”

Founding Editor Don Williams added, “Events like this truly embody what we have long hoped the New Millennium will bring – a breaking down of barriers, an embrace of tolerance, and an acknowledgement of unity on the planet. This competition is an opportunity for people to share their opinions, reactions and personal stories.”

Entries into the Love Wins essay competition must be 4,500 words or less. For more info regarding entries, visit New Millennium Writings.

July is ‘Girls Who Rock’ Month at Free2Luv

Gabbie RaeWe’re celebrating GIRLS WHO ROCK at Free2Luv with a special FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS BULLY  billboard installment featuring vocal powerhouses Gabbie Rae, Ddendyl and Maddy Vance.

Keep your eye out on social media all month long as we highlight the amazing musicians in our movement rockin’ their voices for good.  We’re featuring someone new each day and we invite you to get to know these artists who are passionate about making the world a kinder place for our youth.  We salute their awesome talent and huge hearts!

Bead Relief Features Free2Luv as Charity of the Month

We’re super excited to be Bead Relief’s featured Charity of the Month! In addition to our awesome rainbow beaded bracelets, we now have a new limited-edition stone bracelet that we know you are all going to LUV! Click here to check it out and know that every purchase puts an empowerment package into the hands of a child being bullied, suffering from self-harm or going through a difficult time.

Musician Anthony Stells Donates Tune to Free2Luv

We’re excited to share with you a new tune that country and Americana singer-songwriter Anthony Stells has generously donated to Free2Luv! This big-hearted musician wrote “The Day” for those kids who need hope to believe in who they are and to finally “step into themselves” and be free from bullying.  Download today and help us empower youth! CLICK HERE

Thanks for standing up to bullying with us, Anthony! You rock!

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Be a Champion for Change with Free2Luv May 5th

GIVE BIG LUV IN ACTION

On May 5th, we invite you to be a champion for our children with Free2Luv by participating in #GiveBIG Day! On May 5th for 24 hours, any donations received will be partially matched by The Seattle Foundation’s generous support. Every donation will go towards our community outreach to support youth being bullied, considering self-harm or going through a difficult time. We thank you for championing change with us! CLICK HERE