To celebrate LUV day, Free2Luv hosted two ‘love yourself’ workshops for teens in Seattle and Colorado. What better way to celebrate than to explore and uncover what’s in your heart. As always, we were moved by the responses and our hearts are filled with love and compassion for the beautiful participants. Thank you for being brave, honest and real. Visit here to see their amazing heart art.
Luv In Action
Your vote could help us WIN $10,000 for our youth empowerment initiatives. Learn how Free2Luv was born and please vote for our story HERE.
You’ve done it! THANK YOU! With all of your voting, we’ve WON a MoonShare Year of Giving Grant! We are so appreciative of all of your support and super excited to make an even bigger impact on our youth. Thank you Sugarlands Distilling Company for spreading good in the world. Together, we are stronger.
Our new year is off to an AMAZING start! With your help, we can WIN $25,000 to continue to ROCK LUV! It’s simply a text away! Text the message KM287 to the number 499499. AND, you can help us score extra votes by donating! Every $1 you donate = 10 extra votes!!
A BIG thank you to Givit for this incredible opportunity, The Change for creating this awesome mannequin challenge video (check it out HERE) and each of YOU for voting! We can’t wait to touch more lives with you in 2017!
We have an opportunity to bring in the new year with a $5,000 MoonShare Year of Giving grant for our youth empowerment programs! We’d love your support! Please take a quick moment to VOTE HERE AND you can VOTE DAILY on each of your devices all month!
Thanks so much for your love and support and thank you Sugarlands Distilling Company for helping us continue our work with underserved youth!
We’re happy to announce the upcoming release of the emotionally charged feature film TIME FOR A CHAMPION and our association with the film’s international distributor. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Free2Luv and other organizations throughout the world. This family film is an inspirational and powerful story which not only provides an intimate look at the epidemic of bullying and homeless teens but also leaves the viewer feeling uplifted. TIME FOR A CHAMPION which is supported by such screen luminaries as Edward James Olmos, will be showcased at a number of film festivals around the world this fall in the anticipation of its release in 2017.
“We’re honored to partner with Free2Luv on this vital educational venture,” says Paul D. Hancock, President and CEO of the film’s distributor, World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation. “Free2Luv is respected by educators and civic leaders for its influential sponsorship of programs to illuminate the ethical choices that young people face every day in our challenging society. For them to choose our film as part of this effort is immensely gratifying.”
“We know firsthand the power of the arts to heal and inspire youth,” Sandis observed. “This is a groundbreaking film that will promote a much-needed dialogue. It shows the very subtle yet devastating and pernicious effects of bullying, and ultimately demonstrates the strength of the human spirit to overcome adversity. We believe that all children will benefit from seeing this film, and look forward to being in the vanguard of that discussion.”
TIME FOR A CHAMPION was produced by PSJA Southwest Film Society, a production company headquartered at PSJA Southwest Early College High School in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District (PSJA ISD) in South Texas. The inspirational sports story portrays the efforts of a homeless Latina girl to overcome a background of neglect and poverty. Enrolled in high school by her new adoptive parents, she must then confront bullying in the classroom and on the athletic field. The screenplay was written by Barry Glasser, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Together he and former Univision executive, Sarvelio Carreon, produced and directed the film, which was staffed by more than 80 PSJA ISD students and faculty.
Give us your best LUV hashtag HERE! Every response counts as an entry for our #LoveWins dog tag necklace giveaway designed by Magda Molina Designs. Get creative!
LOVE, PEACE & UNITY
Celebrate our beautiful differences and support equality by wearing one of these powerful, handmade, unisex silver and copper necklaces. They’re ON SALE NOW HERE to benefit our youth empowerment initiatives.
LOVE WINS every time! What is your definition of LOVE? TELL US for a chance to WIN a beautiful necklace from the #LoveWins line by Magda Molina Designs. COMMENT HERE
Magda has an amazing line of jewelry that she has created to benefit our youth empowerment initiatives. See full line HERE
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!
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
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!
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
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
We 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!
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!