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Free2Luv Co-Founder Honored with Goody Awards’ Lifetime Achievement

During UNSTOPPABLE on March 10, 2018, Free2Luv® Co-Founder Tonya Sandis will receive the Golden Goody, a lifetime achievement award, from the Goody Awards. This is the Goody Awards™ top humanitarian award for social good.

The Golden Goody highlights Sandis’ passion and the impact she is making on the lives of youth globally. Goody Awards Founder Liz H. Kelly will present this honor with Free2Luv Celebrity Ambassador and pop-rock artist, GabrieLa at UNSTOPPABLE.

“Tonya’s tireless dedication to Free2Luv, her organization that encourages youth empowerment while promoting kindness and bully prevention, is a true inspiration to all,” says Kelly. “We hope this Golden Goody Award will help raise awareness of Tonya Sandis’ great work, and Free2Luv’s UNSTOPPABLE: The Movement.

Sandis was nominated by Free2Luv’s fans. Free2Luv believes in celebrating individuality and equality, spreading kindness, and standing up to bullying through arts and entertainment.

Learn more about the Golden Goody and Free2Luv.

Free2Luv Co-Founder Honored with Goody Awards’ Lifetime Achievement 2018-03-10T16:46:20+00:00

Team Paws Stands Up to Bullying with Free2Luv

Find out how one third grade class promotes kindness and aims to prevent bullying every day.

These third graders along with their caring teacher are changing the everyday dialogue to focus on positivity and eliminate bullying inside this Michigan classroom. Known as Team Paws, this inspirational group is getting high marks for their mission to stop bullying one day at a time.

Here is what their teacher said.

I explained to the kids that I was excited to begin our day because our Free2Luv swag had arrived. It was the perfect opportunity for us to recite the kindness pledge and make a promise to each other and ourselves to be good friends, use our words for good, to take a stand against bullying, and to not be a bystander if bullying was happening.

Every morning we begin our day with a class meeting which involves reciting positive self-affirmations. That’s because one of our classroom rules is we only say kind words to ourselves, even the words we say inside our brains, because self-love matters.

These affirmations go like this; I am kind, I am a good friend, people like me, my teacher loves me, I love me, I matter, I am smart, I’m good at math, I do my best, and so on.

With this, I request the kids to set a daily goal before they return to their seats to start their morning work. That goal might be to sit by someone who’s alone at lunch, to give a compliment to someone, or smile at someone in the hallway.

This has made a difference in our classroom climate. I have made it my goal to create a classroom climate that focuses on the importance of social and emotional learning. My kids are learning how to manage their emotions, rather than how to cope with them.

It’s my goal for all my kids to feel safe, seen, heard, and celebrated every day.

I can do this because I know my kids. My kids are different and unique from each other, but there is something about every one of them that I love and admire.

When Free2Luv reached out to me to participate in their initiative, I knew it was perfect for Team Paws. During a discussion one of my kids made a great point; he said he was happy to take this pledge because as a member of Team Paws, he believes he and his classmates have grown in kindness this past school year. Continuing, he said we hardly ever argue, and we care about each other. Team Paws changed the way he feels about kindness in general.

The kids wanted to talk about the importance of being a good friend and standing up for victims of bullying. It was their idea to create posters to hang around the school and on our classroom door to educate the other kids in the school.

Want to join Team Paws? Take Free2Luv’s kindness pledge and be an advocate for kindness. Change begins with each of us.

Team Paws Stands Up to Bullying with Free2Luv 2018-03-05T23:43:26+00:00

Feel “Alive” With This Moving LGBTQ Music Video

Altruist Now explores the dangers of conversion therapy for LGTBQ youth.

Need a little inspiration? Danielle Palmer, Avi Garvin, and Delilah Kujala, the creators of Altruist Now, are here to deliver. With their debut project “Alive,” Altruist Now takes you on an intimate journey of a family tackling the physical and emotional dangers of conversion therapy on LGBTQ youth. This music video has received more than 200,000 views across social media and Free2Luv is proud to be holding hands with Altruist Now to support LGBTQ youth.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights defines conversion therapy, also known as reparative therapy, as a practice that attempts to change or reduce same-sex attraction or alter someone’s gender identity. Conversion therapy doesn’t work, and every mainstream health organization rejects it. Not only is there no scientific proof, but it is also harmful. According to the Human Rights Campaign, conversion therapy may lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide. Minors are especially vulnerable to this anti-LGBTQ practice.

We know how important it is for youth struggling with their identity to feel loved and supported. We have the opportunity to strengthen their self-love by providing unconditional love and acceptance. Research shows that family support can improve self-esteem, social support, and general health. It is also shown to reduce depression, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors among LGBTQ youth.

Watch and listen to Danielle Palmer, Delilah Kujala, Avi Garvin, and Hannah K. Watson in Alive.

As a bonus, the proceeds from this powerful video will benefit Free2Luv’s empowerment initiatives, including our LBGTQ youth outreach. We believe that everyone is perfect the way they are, and everyone’s uniqueness should be accepted without judgment. By partnering with Altruist Now, we want to create a kinder, braver, and more loving world where every voice matters.

Share with family, friends, and your communities to spread awareness. Join the Free2Luv movement and use your voice to uplift and inspire.

You can find Altruist Now across social media @AltruistMusicUS.

Feel “Alive” With This Moving LGBTQ Music Video 2018-03-05T23:42:40+00:00