BULLYING STOPS HERE AT UNSTOPPABLE TOUR DE FORCE

Our UNSTOPPABLE: TOUR DE FORCE benefit event was a magical day honoring the life of our Honorary Youth Advocate Blaine. We were blessed to have his family in attendance and our host extraordinaire, actor Jason Drucker, led off the day’s festivities leading the audience in our kindness pledge in Blaine’s name. We were thrilled to host under-resourced youth from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, Girls Today Women Tomorrow and A Child’s Dream.

Troupe Du Cirque engaged the audience with a spellbinding, thought-provoking anti-bullying performance taking us all on an emotional journey from self-doubt to unstoppable strength.

This event was a labor of LUV and could not have been accomplished without the LUV, support, and dedication of our Free2Luv Team and the incredibly hard-working parents of our Youth Advocates. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who made this incredible day possible.

Celebrities Share Insightful Anti-Bullying Advice

Teens Wanna Know joined us and created a recap of the days’ festivities including insightful bullying prevention wisdom from our guests on the red carpet. Enjoy!

BULLYING STOPS HERE AT UNSTOPPABLE TOUR DE FORCE

2018-11-29T22:31:10+00:00

UNSTOPPABLE THE FILM PREMIERES AT L.A. LIVE FILM FEST

What happens when 50 diverse, powerful women come together to share their hopes, dreams, imperfections, resilience and unapologetic perfect selves?

UNSTOPPABLE The Film 

We premiered UNSTOPPABLE at The Regent Theater earlier this year and we’re now ready to hit the film festival circuit. First stop, L.A. Live Film Fest! We’re joining actor and filmmaker ‘Kash Hovey & Friends’ film block at Regal Cinemas on November 10th for an inspirational evening of powerful films.

In partnership with The Riot Life, an all female-identifying team (in front and behind the camera) came together to create a docu-style poetry short film celebrating empowerment told through the female gaze.

This short brought together 50 strong, diverse women including influencers such as Free2Luv Ambassador Stephanie Rice from The Voice, Actress Ali Chapman, Youtubers Catrific and Maiah Ocando, Musicians Bebe Huxley and Free2Luv Advocate Rie Daisies, and many more ambassadors for women’s empowerment.

We’re so proud of our Advocates and Ambassadors who were a part of this film and thank each of them for sharing their hearts with us. A big shout out and thank you to writer and director, Ella Lentini and crew for helping make this a reality.

After we hit the film fest circuit, we look forward to sharing this uplifting, empowerment film with all of you! Join our mailing list to follow our short film’s journey.

UNSTOPPABLE THE FILM PREMIERES AT L.A. LIVE FILM FEST

2018-11-10T16:59:21+00:00

Free2Luv 2018 DIFFERENCE MAKER Awards

Free2Luv Presents First Difference Maker Award at TOUR DE FORCE Benefit Event

Free2Luv launches their new DIFFERENCE MAKER awards on the red carpet at the UNSTOPPABLE: TOUR DE FORCE benefit event at the historic Regent Theater in downtown L.A. These prestigious awards will be presented annually to select Advocates who have played a vital role in advocating for Free2Luv and our mission in their communities.

The first award, DIFFERENCE MAKER was presented by host and Free2Luv Ambassador Jason Drucker to Free2Luv Advocate Lauren Suthers in recognition of her commitment and dedication to empowering youth and creating change in the world.

“Lauren has been an instrumental part of our Youth Advocacy program for the past four years and we are incredibly proud of the impact she is making in her community. Lauren facilitates our Free2BeME art empowerment workshops year-round for under-resourced youth providing them with a positive outlet for creative expression. Her magnetic personality and infectious enthusiasm allow her to connect with youth and peers alike on a heart level. A difference-maker by definition is ‘one who has an impact or effect; one who brings about change. We feel Lauren embodies the definition and we are very proud to be bestowing her with this honor,” says Tonya Sandis, Founder, and President of Free2Luv.

Free2Luv 2018 DIFFERENCE MAKER Awards.

Here are a few words from Lauren regarding the impact the Free2BeME workshop facilitation has had on her life:

“After facilitating a few of these powerful workshops, I found it life-changing. It’s so amazing to see kids open up and share what’s in their hearts when there are no rules or right or wrong answers. For many of these kids, feeling heard and understood is so important to them and in this supportive environment, they are encouraged to be their authentic selves. It is such a rewarding experience that I feel like I have found my life purpose and I look forward to continuing my outreach and volunteerism with Free2Luv,” says Suthers.

Lauren has also been awarded a BE INSPIRED Disney Citizenship grant through Youth Service America for her volunteerism with Free2Luv.

Congratulations, Lauren on this well-deserved honor. Thank you for sharing your big heart with our movement.

Free2Luv 2018 DIFFERENCE MAKER Awards

2018-11-07T02:40:35+00:00

UNSTOPPABLE: TOUR DE FORCE ANTI-BULLYING CIRQUE EVENT

What happens when young professional cirque artists collide with powerful music and join forces with youth empowerment nonprofit Free2Luv?

A TOUR DE FORCE!

Join us for a musical cirque spectacle as we embark on a magical journey of self-discovery.

Through acrobatics, contortion, high flying aerial, trapeze acts, music and thought-provoking storytelling, self-doubt and pain turn into power and unstoppable strength.

Get ready to be moved, inspired, and engaged by the ensemble cast of Troupe Du Cirque, young artists who have been seen on television and graced some of the world’s largest stages.

The day’s festivities will be hosted by Free2Luv Ambassador and actor Jason Drucker, star of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul and the highly anticipated Transformers spin-off, BumbleBee.

Saturday, November 3, 2018
The Regent DTLA
448 S Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90013
BIG TOP Pre-Show 12 – 1 p.m.
Event 1 – 3 p.m.

Proceeds raised from TOUR DE FORCE benefit Free2Luv’s youth empowerment initiatives for underserved youth. We’re excited to be hosting 6 under-resourced youth groups to experience UNSTOPPABLE: TOUR DE FORCE so even if you can’t attend, we’d love for you to sponsor a teen or donate to support our efforts.

BIG SHOUTOUT to all of our sponsors who are supporting UNSTOPPABLE: TOUR DE FORCE and our youth empowerment initiatives. THANK YOU for being agents for change with us! If you’d like to join these awesome companies and be a DIFFERENCE MAKER, we’d LUV to hear from you! Email us at sponsor@free2luv.org.

UNSTOPPABLE: TOUR DE FORCE ANTI-BULLYING CIRQUE EVENT

2018-11-04T04:28:11+00:00

Truth Through Artistic Expression

Funds for the arts have been cut over 80% in U.S. public schools and at-risk youth are most affected. In addition, low self-esteem in youth is at an all-time low.

Art is a universal language that enables us to be more insightful about the world we live in. It allows us to heal and to see truth in ourselves that we may not have understood before. Evidence-based research shows that artistic expression can be exceptionally healing, as it gives youth the opportunity to adopt new healthy coping skills that lead to a higher sense of self-worth.

We are proud to be presenting the Free2BeME Project to instill hope in our youth and provide a safe space for creative expression. We are moved and inspired by the powerful voices of our youth. The Free2BeME Project has been instrumental in reducing anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and negative perceptions.

We stand in gratitude for the support of 4Culture, Arts WA, and the National Endowment for the Arts for their commitment to the arts and support of our programming.

 

Truth Through Artistic Expression 2018-08-30T00:46:22+00:00

UNSTOPPABLE: DAY OF EMPOWERMENT

Free2Luv’s Music Driven Production Raising Self-Esteem for Underserved Girls in DTLA

Award-winning youth empowerment nonprofit, Free2Luv® is bringing their girl-empowering music-driven production UNSTOPPABLE to Los Angeles on March 10th, 2018 to raise self-esteem and benefit underserved girls. Their thought-provoking show and red carpet event will unite artists in all genres as they ignite the stage sharing a story of growth and self-awareness through music, film, dance, and spoken word. UNSTOPPABLE will take youth on a full circle journey from the depths of low self-image to the celebration of self-love. Proceeds raised from UNSTOPPABLE will benefit Free2Luv’s music and art empowerment initiatives designed to create a kinder, braver, a more loving world for underserved youth. UNSTOPPABLE will be staged at The Regent DTLA, 448 S Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90013. Sponsor an underserved teen or reserve your space  today.

Research shows 47% of girls are being held back by low self-esteem. Girls, more often than boys, are the target of social, relational and cyberbullying, which has more damaging effects than physical bullying. Free2Luv believes that in a world where every girl feels supported, embraced, and empowered to rock her authentic self these percentages will change dramatically.

Highlights on this day of girl empowerment will be performances by NBC’s The Voice Stephanie Rice and Ddendyl Hoyt and pop-rock star GabrieLa, Rules of Engagement and Undateable recurring star Bianca Kajlich, the voice of Disney’s Doc McStuffins Laya DeLeon Hayes, and many more. Alaska Airlines is providing two round-trip tickets worldwide for auction, Studio Unbiased is creating designer fashion for bidding, and the red carpet will be rolled out for expected celebrities supporting UNSTOPPABLE.

“We are very excited to be producing UNSTOPPABLE with an amazing group of talented young women and look forward to creating a life-changing experience for underserved girls and teens. This event will be moving and inspirational, and we’ll be rolling out the red carpet for a VIP experience for youth who may seldom have an opportunity to experience this type of production. We view UNSTOPPABLE as more than an event – it’s a movement. Music and the arts offer a universal language that enables us to see the world and the human condition differently. They allow us to heal and to see a truth we might not have understood before. We know the transformational effect the arts have on children; it boosts their confidence and empowers them to communicate and express sensitive issues,” says Tonya Sandis, Co-Founder of Free2Luv.

Find Your Voice

Rice, a pop-rock singer-musician who recently found international acclaim on Season 12 of NBC’s The Voice, shares her compelling story of resilience through emotional and persuasive performances, offering listeners a source of inspiration and hope. “As a kid – I could never imagine a reality where my life could be lived out loud. I love giving visibility to young girls so they can see what their life could look like one day – full of love. Free to love. We all need someone at some point in our lives to speak for us when we cannot. I aim to empower the youth of today by giving them a voice,” says Rice.

“I’m excited to be taking a stand against hatred, and ignorance and join together to say that being yourself and being unique is perfectly ok, even when society says otherwise. It’s so important to let our kids and teens and young adults know that no one is alone, and whatever their journey might be, there are always people who understand what they are going through and that they are loved, accepted and beautiful souls,” says Hoyt.

Feel Empowered

“Women supporting each other is SO very important, and by doing so, we can empower each other. Standing together can make a huge impact in our fight for respect and equality. I feel it’s all of our jobs to be there for girls of all ages and to set that example while letting them know how much they rock and how awesome they truly are,” says GabrieLa.

UNSTOPPABLE is made possible by the generosity of Free2Luv sponsors including MRC Studios (Ozark and House of Cards) and Spaceland Presents (The Regent DTLA).

UNSTOPPABLE: DAY OF EMPOWERMENT 2018-03-12T21:37:40+00:00

DARE TO DREAM: MLK DAY OF SERVICE

We had an amazing time participating in MLK Day of Service celebrating LUV, dreams, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr with Seattle Parks & Recreation at South Park Community Center. It was a beautiful event filled with inspiration as youth united to recite powerful words by MLK, LoveSea The Poet shared her heart and slam poetry, and youth creatively expressed themselves through our Free2BeME Project sharing their dreams for their world and their futures.

Ten inspirational quotes from Dr. King surrounded the room and a middle schooler recited a moving story about Rosa Parks.

A big thank you to our awesome team of volunteers, our South Park family, and United Way of King County & their sponsors for the LUV & support.

DARE TO DREAM: MLK DAY OF SERVICE 2018-01-17T01:39:45+00:00

Bullying Hurts PSA Debuts at C&C Teen Hollywood Film Festival

We’re so proud of the beautiful, young talent in our organization committed to creating a brighter future for ALL youth! A big thank you to Jasmine Gonzalez creating this powerful story showing how hurtful our words can be and to the amazing singer/songwriter Maddy Vance for our beautiful anthem, Crashing Down.

We’re delighted that this PSA is being featured at C&C Teen Hollywood Film Festival to shed light on this epidemic. Presenters include Antonio Jaramillo from Shades of Blue, Julius Tennon & Academy Award Winner Viola Davis, and Oscar & Grammy Nominated Golden Globe Winner Slikk Muzik. The C&C Teen Hollywood Film Festival’s purpose is to give budding filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their work, and young entrepreneurs an opportunity to hone their skills as aspiring businessmen and women.

Bullying Hurts PSA Debuts at C&C Teen Hollywood Film Festival 2017-12-07T17:55:40+00:00

Free2Luv Celebrates a ‘Week Without Violence’ with NO TIME 4 HATE Community Event

We’re honored to stand with the City of Seattle and Seattle Parks & Recreation to celebrate a ‘Week Without Violence’. Our community event at South Park Community Center was a powerful evening filled with local performances by youth and young adults who came together to share dance, spoken word, and music. Our beautiful Youth Advocate, Nasir spoke from her heart about her bullying experience and the night featured moving and thought-provoking video presentations. Teens had an opportunity to explore bullying in all contexts while understanding how to use their personal power to create an environment free of hate, free of violence, and free to love.

A big thank you to Taco Time NW for a delicious catered taco bar, Trophy Cupcakes and Giggle Drinks, our Seattle Parks crew, and all of our amazing volunteers.

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Henry Ford

Free2Luv Celebrates a ‘Week Without Violence’ with NO TIME 4 HATE Community Event 2017-10-20T22:03:30+00:00

NO TIME 4 HATE Community Event

Super excited to be gearing up for our annual ROCK KINDNESS DAY community event for underserved youth in Seattle! This year’s theme is NO TIME 4 HATE and we’re so proud to be holding hands with Seattle Parks and Recreation to host this evening filled with powerful performances and inspirational speaking during ‘Week Without Violence’.

A big thank you to Taco Time NW for providing a delicious taco bar, Trophy Cupcakes for yummy sweets, Giggle for sparkling fizzy drinks and the Seattle Seahawks for the swag pack goodies. We couldn’t do this without your support.

NO TIME 4 HATE Community Event 2017-12-07T18:03:13+00:00
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