MacArthur today announced a $500,000 grant to the newly launched Born This Way Foundation (BTWF) to support online and on-the-road efforts to engage young people in civic life and deter bullying. BTWF’s mission is to empower young people to make positive change in the world, with a specific focus on stopping meanness and cruelty, especially online. Lady Gaga officially kicked off BTWF today at a conference on youth meanness and cruelty organized by Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and supported by MacArthur and the California Endowment.
“MacArthur’s partnership with the Born This Way Foundation will apply what we have learned about the power and potential of digital media to reach and engage millions of young people,” said Connie Yowell, MacArthur’s Director of Education. “In classrooms and communities, online and even on-the-road, this effort will enable teachers, parents, students, and communities each do their part to promote positive civic and online participation.”
Specifically, MacArthur’s grant will support:
MacArthur’s $85 million digital media and learning initiative aims to determine how digital media are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize and participate in civic life.
The Born This Way Foundation also announced today that Lady Gaga has made a $1.2 million personal contribution to BTWF, dedicating $200,000 to cover the foundation’s overhead costs.
Watch video of the entire launch event or conversation between Lady Gaga and Oprah Winfrey below.