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    Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:56:23

    Lady Gaga's Born Brave Bus Returns to the Road - She had to cancel her tour, but her Born Brave Bus will remain active

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    Lady Gaga may be recovering from surgery, but her philanthropy carries on.

    The Born This Way Foundation (BTWF) has confirmed that the Born Brave Bus is headed back on the road to embark on a four-city tour beginning March 16 in Philadelphia and making stops in Washington, DC, New York City and Chicago.

    The bus tour, which had been postponed in February following the cancellation of Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball tour due to an extensive injury, is an effort by the Born This Way Foundation to inspire bravery and promote self-acceptance among young people. Covered in artwork created by real Gaga fans, the bus and surrounding experience provides youth with an interactive way to meet like-minded peers, and to connect with local resources in their communities including behavioral and mental health services, school psychologists, mentoring, volunteer opportunities and bullying and suicide prevention resources.

    While counseling will not be provided on site, youth will be directed to local professionals who can provide services to them on an individual basis.

    "Although my daughter is recovering and not able to complete the tour, it is important to her that the Born Brave Bus lives on," said Cynthia Germanotta, BTWF Co-Founder and President. "The bus has already impacted thousands of young people and, with the support of our partner organizations, this incredible resource will continue to help guide the large youth populations of Philadelphia, Washington, DC, New York and Chicago towards local support in their communities."

    The Born Brave Bus Tour will be visiting the four cities throughout March with the goal of bringing it to more cities in the future. Tour dates, cites, and locations are listed below and more specific details will be announced shortly at www.bornthiswayfoundation.org.

    - Saturday, March 16: Philadelphia, PA, Art Museum Front Steps; 3-7PM
    - Tuesday, March 19: Washington, D.C., The National Mall; 1-7PM
    - Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24: New York City, Times Square (Between 46th and 47th Streets); Saturday, 3-7PM & Sunday, 12-6PM
    - Wednesday, March 27: Chicago, IL, Gateway Park at Navy Pier; 12-6PM

    Visitors to the bus can enjoy food, live performances from Lady Gaga's friends The Dirty Pearls, as well as DJ sets from Lady Starlight and DJ White Shadow in select cities, and fun activities including interactive digital kiosks, games and more.

    For the Born Brave Bus tour, BTWF has joined forces with Campus Pride, GLSEN, Hive & YOUMedia, the National Association of School Psychologists, the National Council for Behavioral Health, MENTOR, Mentoring USA, The Trevor Project and YSA (Youth Service America). All across the country YMCAs have been invited to join in the movement. A few examples of participating YMCAs include the Chicago YMCA Metro, the Bronx YMCA and the East Los Angeles YMCA.

    Anyone in Philly, DC, NYC and Chicago plan to meet up with the Born Brave Bus?

    —Katie Sheehan
    03.14.13



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