Free2Luv®’s day of empowerment, UNSTOPPABLE was a memorable and moving day filled with powerful storytelling through music, dance, film, and spoken word.

Festivities kicked off at The Regent DTLA as the red carpet was rolled out for celebrity and influencer guests along with teens and young women from The Teen Project and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles walked the red carpet.

Attendees creatively expressed themselves as they wrote and drew what being UNSTOPPABLE meant to them on banners that adorned the hall offering a moment of thought-provoking conversation.

Free2Luv’s Co-Founder, Tonya Sandis, was honored with The Goody Awards top honor, a lifetime achievement humanitarian award, for her selfless service and commitment to empowering and supporting youth who at times feel helpless, alone, and suicidal.

Sandis was presented the award with heartfelt words by Goody Awards Founder, Liz Kelly, and pop-rock artist, GabrieLa. In her acceptance speech, Sandis emphasized: “I am honored and humbled on behalf of the sheroes and the heroes that we hold hands with every year to uplift and empower young people, who sometimes are struggling with their sexuality or are being bullied.”

Five diverse vocal powerhouses, thought-provoking spoken word poetry, beautiful dance interpretative and a powerful short film wove a beautiful story taking the audience on a journey of self-discovery. From self-doubt to self-love, artists shared their hearts and stories from coming out to rising up to be free to love who they choose. The diverse styles and talent brought to the stage uplifted and engaged the audience with powerful numbers.

Spoken word artist, LoveSea shared her heart with impactful and relatable poetry:  I’m ready for the bullets that are gonna be shot at us, plus much more … And if we can’t get it right for this generation, we can lead by example for the next.”

NBC’s The Voice, Stephanie Rice, shared her story and journey of coming out and dedicated her beautiful and moving song ‘Cold Water’ to anyone going through a rough time who may feel they need to be rescued.

Pop-rock artist, GabrieLa had the audience on their feet singing and dancing along to the Free2Luv anthem with lyrics inviting everyone to ‘break the chains of hate’ and allow love to save the day.

Actress Bianca Kajlich brought the audience on a visual journey as she invited the audience to close their eyes and envision a world where we are all one. She shared a profound, personal poem titled ‘All of Me’ “What would it feel like to bare it all and stand in the center of my most cringe-worthy truths but instead of apologizing, I loved them more than I loved anything remotely resembling approval.”

Free2Luv also unveiled UNSTOPPABLE, the short film, a collaboration with actress and filmmaker Ella Lentini and team.

This short featured 50 diverse women from many walks of life reciting empowering verses sharing what makes them strong, unique, and unstoppable. Here’s an excerpt: “We don’t need to look far to find a “they” / they are the voices of doubt that hit us like a rolling fog / the voices that have drowned out our own, making us feel / less than / nonexistent / The you’ll never be this or that your too skinny, too fat / The you’ll never fit in’s / The voice that reminds you, you’re dreaming too big / for a girl living in a world / that was long ago rigged / against you. /

UNSTOPPABLE was hosted by Stephanie Gonzalez (Reporter and “Houston Life TV” Producer) and included powerful performances by actress Laya DeLeon Hayes (voice of Disney’s Doc McStuffins), Britten Healey (“Teens Wanna Know”), Actress/Singer/Songwriter Serena Laurel (pictured below), and dancers from Dance Creations (pictured above).

Kelly reported, “Everyone left UNSTOPPABLE dedicated to spreading more love and kindness in the world. Free2Luv believes that if every girl felt supported, embraced, and empowered to rock her authentic self, we can change the world, together.”

One attendee shared her experience: “With great pleasure, I have to share… I had the best time ever, at the free2luv “Unstoppable Event!” The experience was very moving. I left feeling extremely moved, loved, and inspired. You couldn’t walk out of there and keep all of that to yourself. I want to continue to be a part of making a difference in the world, showing others that love is and should always be more contagious than hate. I want children as well as other adults to know, that they should feel great about being free to be who they are, without judgment or apology. We are all a masterpiece in our own unique way, and should continue to rise up together spreading the light of life & love to everyone surrounding us! Tonya Sandis, thanks for sharing your dream through this production, with all of us. Hopefully, you will get the opportunity to make it a traveling production to share with the rest of the world. It should not stop here.”

The UNSTOPPABLE event was produced as a benefit to support Free2Luv’s art and music outreach and programming they provide year-round free of charge to underserved youth nationally.

Photos by Celeste Holmes Photography and Paper Trail Photos

BE BOLD. BE FIERCE. BE YOU. BE UNSTOPPABLE! 2018-03-18T20:04:49+00:00

Advocate Lauren Suthers Awarded Grant for Free2Luv Volunteerism

Big congratulations to Advocate Lauren Suthers who has been awarded a Be Inspired Disney Citizenship and Youth Service America grant for her volunteerism with Free2Luv. Lauren is facilitating Free2BeME art empowerment workshops in her community for underserved youth and we are incredibly proud of the impact she’s making. Keep inspiring, Lauren!

Thank you, Disney and YSA for supporting Lauren’s volunteerism and our outreach efforts to create a kinder, braver, more loving world for ALL youth.

Check out this awesome feature sharing Lauren’s service in My Valley News.

Advocate Lauren Suthers Awarded Grant for Free2Luv Volunteerism 2018-03-12T21:35:04+00:00

Giving Tuesday – A Day Of Generosity – Nov 28TH

Giving Back feels good! Join us on Giving Tuesday a day of generosity, after Black Friday and Cyber Monday and give the gift of empowerment. We are passionate about bringing our arts and empowerment programming to underserved youth and with your generous support, can make a HUGE difference in the lives of youth in 2018. You can give early, too, because the entire month of November, all donations are being matched by a Free2Luv supporter. Thanks so much for your LUV and support!!

Giving Tuesday – A Day Of Generosity – Nov 28TH 2018-03-05T16:58:43+00:00

Bullied to Brave … Your Vote Can Help Us Empower Youth

Have you ever wondered how Free2Luv was born? We have an amazing opportunity to win a $10K grant to expand our empowerment initiatives and we need your support. Take a moment to read our Co-Founder Tonya Sandis’ #MyGivingStory. You can vote daily through Nov 30th and we’d appreciate you sharing to spread the word. Your support could make a big difference in the lives of the youth we serve. Thank you so much!

Bullied to Brave … Your Vote Can Help Us Empower Youth 2018-01-29T15:54:07+00:00

October is Bullying Prevention Month and We’re Uniting in LUV

Words hurt. We know firsthand the scarring and lasting impact bullying can have. It’s time for us to unite and take a stand. We invite you to TAKE THE PLEDGE and advocate for kindness.

If you or someone you know is being bullied, reach out. There is help. GET SUPPORT HERE.

Don’t let bullying define you. Let it be a vehicle to start a conversation and use your voice to create change in your community. One voice can spark a revolution of kindness. We’re here to support your efforts. Be an advocate for change and GET INVOLVED. We look forward to hearing from you!

October is Bullying Prevention Month and We’re Uniting in LUV 2018-03-05T16:59:07+00:00

Free2Luv Launches ‘by YOUth’ Design Contest

Calling all youth who like to express themselves creatively! We have just officially launched our first ‘by YOUth’ DESIGN CONTEST! How would you like to design our next cause-inspired tee and WIN some cool prizes? Get your Creativity flowing! Who knows, you may be our next featured designer!

And, whether you submit a design or not, your voice matters. Help us choose the winning design. You can VOTE HERE daily!

Free2Luv Launches ‘by YOUth’ Design Contest 2017-12-07T18:21:42+00:00

Build-A-Bear Foundation Sponsors Free2BeME Workshops

We’re spreadin’ the LUV with a special series of Free2BeME workshops hosted by Advocate Lauren Suthers at Boys & Girls Clubs. Kids are exploring their inner talents, interests, and passions through art in a space free of judgment as they discuss topics including bullying prevention, the importance of kindness, following your passion, and celebrating individuality. This series was made possible by the generosity of Build-A-Bear Foundation. Thank you for your support.

If you’re an Advocate and would like to host a workshop or if you know of a group who would like to participate in one of our workshops, contact us at

Build-A-Bear Foundation Sponsors Free2BeME Workshops 2017-12-07T18:27:16+00:00

Celebrate Pride And Support LGBTQ Youth: #Bows4Pride

Happy Pride Month! We’re super excited to announce a collab with San Francisco-based neckwear designer BOWS-N-TIES and LGBTQ nonprofits, SAGE and the SF LGBT Center for #Bows4Pride. 100% of the sales of stylish rainbow bow ties provide outreach and support for LGBTQ youth, the elderly and equal opportunity for the community at large. You can now look good, do good, and make a powerful statement of support for basic human rights.

When you purchase your tie you help support our LGBTQ outreach.

Celebrate Pride And Support LGBTQ Youth: #Bows4Pride 2017-12-08T17:33:04+00:00
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