I had the great honor of organizing and working with this incredible organization. The event I attended was a college event for National coming out day.
The response from Free2Luv was awesome 3 lovely people accompanied me on this journey for the day. The level of professionalism was next to none. Welcoming people with cheerful greetings and genuine interest in peoples lives. I sat in awe as people felt the need to open up to us, it was definitely a safe place to be who you are.
I had a chance to speak to someone who had struggled with being singled out in life because he was autistic, it crushed me to think about what he went through, When I first spoke to him, it felt like he had a very timid nature and was nervous to be in the area with a large number of people. I have a cousin that is autistic, so I understood how to handle the situation, I guided him to an area that was not as busy and just sat speaking to him. The change in atmosphere around him was almost instant. we had a great conversation and we felt a sense of accomplishment, I guided him towards the area where we had other Free2Luv representatives and introduced my new friend, the representatives.
Then proceeded to invite my new friend into out arts and crafts room where we had Free2luv's awesome co-founder Tonya speak to him for what seemed like an hour or more. When I peeked in the room to see how he was doing I found him drawing on one of the hearts we brought along for our Free2BeMe workshop and looked at the message he wanted to leave for the world. It rocked my world because of how emotional a piece of art could be. The simple break down of the picture was pain comes and goes, we are stronger than we think we are, and there are good people in the world that make you feel welcome. A message I think we all need to hear from time to time and definitely remember!
This was a long read I apologize, but it was a very fulfilling event for me and it changed the way I saw the world. The representatives from Free2Luv are so awesome and they are so welcoming. I am honestly honored to be part of an organization this dedicated and passionate.
Thank you for being awesome!! I can't wait for the Next event!!
I joined @free_2_luv last year because I struggled with self-confidence due to the many negative labels given to me. The most commonly used words were nerd, fat, ugly, untalented and annoying. .
Truth is, I still struggle, but I am lucky to have my family and friends. I know not everyone is as lucky to have that support system, so I wanted to help others. Becoming a youth advocate for Free2Luv was fate! It fell into my lap when I was trying to find my smile again and help others.
According to studies by Yale University, bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims. One life lost to bullying is one life too many.
I am still working on my self-confidence and really struggle making friends but I am feeling blessed more and more every day
I had the pleasure of working with Free2Luv last year as a grant researcher and writer. I was moved by their commitment, hard work, and professionalism in improving the lives of disadvantaged youth everywhere, whether it's fighting bullying, helping them to increase self-esteem, developing their communication and job skills, or encouraging them to accept and embrace their individuality. Through workshops like Free2BeMe and Rock Kindness, Kym and Tonya have put their cause to work, getting measurable results and achieving their goal of helping to make the world a braver, kinder place.
Thank you for your kind words, Carolyn. It's with support like yours that we are touching kids' lives and making an impact. Thank you for your dedication and service to our movement.
Hi, My name is Madeleine and I am eleven years old. For the past few years, I have been very proud and excited to be a Youth Advocate for Free2Luv. Free2Luv is dedicated to "spreading kindness and standing up to bullying through arts entertainment" (https://free2luv.org). This organization is very important to me because I believe that no one should be bullied or treated badly for their beliefs or individualism, and the World needs more kindness. #beyourself #bekind #free2luv
And you are incredibly important to us, Madeleine! Thank you for using your voice to spread LUV and kindness. Know that you are truly making a big difference.
I cannot say enough positive things about this non-profit organization. In such a short time, Free2Luv has truly been a wonderful influence and made such an impact in my young daughter's life. The mission of Free2Luv is to celebrate equality and bring awareness to individualistic differences. My daughter is so proud and honored to be a Youth Advocate for this outstanding non-profit organization and encourages others to embrace their anti-bullying mission through her participation in the arts and in her daily activities. She enjoys telling other kids about the Million Sign Mission and to show how fun it can be to "spread love and kindness" among people. All of our communication with the Free2Luv team has been enthusiastic, encouraging and supportive. For example, when purchasing a Free2Luv t-shirt, my daughter received a hand-written letter supporting her efforts to spread kindness in her life. It was so nice that Free2Luv took the time to do this as it brought a smile to her face (she cherishes that letter and put it in her memory box). I believe that Free2Luv should be well recognized and honored for making such a difference in the lives of and empowering our youth. Their mission is true- "individuality is CELEBRATED, bullying is not tolerated & LUV ROCKS". I will encourage my other daughter, and my nieces to get involved as well as I truly believe their message is really important.
Thank you for your kind and heartfelt sentiments. We are honored to have your beautiful daughter and her amazing spirit in our movement. She is a beautiful young role model and it warms our heart to know that she is spreading kindness in her community.
It has been an honor for me to work pro bono for Free2Luv. The passion that Kym and Tonya infuse into this organization was infectious from my first interaction with them. I enjoyed working with them collaboratively and found them to be inspiring and diligent in accomplishing the organization's mission. It was a great opportunity for me to work with such talented, devoted individuals.
Thanks so much for lending your skills, time, and energy to our movement. We're blessed to have your support.
I’m the LGBT Youth Director of Free2Luv and recently had the pleasure of co-producing a female empowerment benefit production called Unstoppable. It was so amazing to see so many big-hearted and hardworking people come together to create an important event for underserved girls and teens. The talent brought a beautiful diverse voice and all of the volunteers helped make it a truly memorable event. I’m proud to be a part of this nonprofit and do my part to help make a difference and bring more love, acceptance and change into the world. I hope you’ll join me.
We couldn't do what we do without you. Your energy, enthusiasm, and passion for activism and equality is a driving force at Free2Luv and we're incredibly blessed to have your devotion and support. Thank you!!
Thank you so much for including my 3rd graders in the "What's In Heart Your Heart" project.
It was meaningful in so many ways. It definitely opened up my little ones for some important conversations and reflection, allowing for me to practice even more sensitivity and patience with them. Powerful, really.
I’m so blessed we were able to connect. Implementing social and emotional learning has been my goal this school year, and you have definitely contributed to that. I am dreaming of a classroom where all students feel safe, seen, heard, and celebrated.
Thank you so much!
We are so happy to have connected with your beautiful and amazing students. We were so moved by their heart art and happy to hear the Free2BeME Project created a powerful experience. We're honored to be standing up to bullying and up for kindness with each of you. Thank you for creating an environment filled with love for each of these beautiful souls to thrive. You're amazing!
I am happy to volunteer for this nonprofit and share my creative services. I have designed logos for Free2Luv as well as designed 2 t-shirts for their cause inspired line where the proceeds support their outreach for kids everywhere. I recently designed the logo and t-shirt for their Unstoppable benefit event. I'm so happy to know that kids going through a difficult time have a safe place like Free2Luv they can call home. Whether a kid is struggling with who they are, bullying, or just life, Free2Luv is there for them. They are truly changing and saving lives and I'm so proud of everything they do.
Thank you for sharing your big, beautiful heart and mad skills with our movement. You're remarkable!!
Free2Luv is a wonderful organization with a really big heart! Everyone involved with Free2Luv cares deeply and passionately about our youth and their well-being. They provide a safe space for kids who feel isolated or different and remind them that being different is a good thing. They encourage everyone to be who they are and embrace every part of themselves. It's a message we could all use a lot more of. Keep up the amazing work, Free2Luv!
I volunteered for Free2Luv's "Unstoppable" event this month and it was so rewarding and inspirational. It was refreshing to see everyone at the event work together and make such a positive impact on everyone who attended. I look forward to volunteering again for Free2Luv because I want to be a part of a non profit that is making a change in people's lives.
Thanks so much for lending your LUV and support to our movement. You're all amazing!
Free2luv is really making a difference!! Whenever I wear my Free2luv t-shirts or wrist bands people come up to me and ask me what it means and I am able to have a conversation with them and bring awareness to the issues of discrimination, bullying and negative perceptions. Free2luv's Billboards and PSA's are reaching millions of people and the response is so positive and inspirational. We need a change in this world and Free2luv is really making a change for the better! I am so proud and thankful to be a part of their movement. Thank you Free2luv for all of the good that you do!!
I have been a Youth Advocate for Free2Luv for over 3 years and last year I started going into my local Boys & Girls Clubs and community centers to facilitate their art-inspired Free2BeME workshops, specifically for low-income and at-risk youth. After facilitating a few of these workshops, I have found it to be life-changing for me and feel that I have found my life purpose which is really rewarding. I open up each workshop sharing a bit about my experience with bullying and overcoming adversity and then have each person share something they love about themselves. From there, I invite each of the participants to share through art what's in their heart. It's so amazing to see first hand how these kids open up and share their hearts and their stories when there are no rules, restrictions or right or wrong answers. For a lot of these kids feeling heard and understood means so much to them. I know, as this has been the same for me. I am honored to be an Advocate with Free2Luv. My goal is to host Free2BeME workshops throughout the year(s) and reach as many kids as possible. The founders of Free2Luv truly are open arms & hearts to everyone. I'm blessed they are in my life. I encourage you to support this amazing organization as I know so many kids would benefit greatly from Free2Luv’s programming.
Lauren, we are so proud of the powerful impact you are making in your community and the world. Keep shining your very bright light! We LUV you!
I am 11 years old and I am passionate about volunteering and kindness to all! I came across FREE2LUV on Instagram, so I looked into their message and the work they do. I knew I wanted to be apart of their family, so I became an advocate for them and do what I could to spread the word. I have only been apart of FREE2LUV for a couple of months, but I already feel like I am helping to make a difference. My friend and I just attended their #unstoppable and that is what it was because we could not stop talking about the talent and their message. I can't wait to see what the future holds for me with FREE2LUV.
We're so happy to have you in our family and thank you for sharing your big heart with our organization. Thank you for helping fundraise for our empowerment benefit, UNSTOPPABLE. You are ensuring our message grows and more underserved youth have an opportunity to experience our programming. Thanks for being your AWESOME YOU!
With great pleasure, I have to share... I had the best time ever, at the free2luv "Unstoppable Event!" Last weekend (March 10, 2018), I was fortunate to be in attendance, and 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 judgement 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 travelling production to share with the rest of the world, it should not stop here.
So beautifully stated. Together, we can create a world where everyone is celebrated and treasured for their uniqueness. Thanks so much for your LUV and support. We appreciate your feedback on our empowerment event, UNSTOPPABLE. We look forward to sharing this production with underserved youth across the country.
Saturday's event of Free2Luv in downtown LA was amazing and inspirational!
Thank you! We've been receiving amazing feedback and thank you for lending your services to our movement!
Every year I get more involved with this amazing nonprofit and I'm really proud of everything they are doing to make the world a better place. I have been very involved in the event planning for their big upcoming benefit, Unstoppable and I'm really excited that girls from all walks of life are going to have an opportunity to experience what I know will be a really powerful performance. What I really love about Free2Luv is that they offer all of their programs and events free of charge to the underserved community, giving kids who may not otherwise have a chance to take part in something, a chance to have their lives changed. The teen years can be really difficult and with organizations like Free2Luv, kids know they are not alone and someone cares. I do everything I can to support Free2Luv and I will continue to do so. Proudly!
Truly appreciate all of your LUV and support! It means the world to us! THANK YOU!!
I recently had the pleasure of volunteering at Free2Luv's benefit fashion show in L.A. and it was awesome to see everyone come together to spread kindness and show support for their incredible mission. It's really amazing how talented and big hearted their Youth Advocates are and what a wonderful job they do spreading positivity by sharing their talents and passion. Every Free2Luv event is filled with positivity, good vibes and inspiration. The stars came out for this event and showed their support in a big way. It was an amazing day! I am always proud to support this organization and love watching them grow and expand their reach every year. Keep up the great work, Free2Luv!
It's an absolute honor to work with this amazing group of people to make a difference in lives around the globe. This year we are producing a female empowerment event with an incredible line-up of passionate, talented, amazing, and diverse women. I know this event is going to make a big impact on the lives of everyone who attends and we are thrilled to have groups from underserved communities join us as our guests. It's going to be an incredible gift to everyone who experiences it. If you're looking for a nonprofit to support, know that when you support Free2Luv you are making a direct and lasting impact on kids who may be struggling with bullying, their identity, self-harm, depression, etc. Your gift really matters.
It's with tremendous pride and excitement that I witness the daily growth of this amazing, life-changing nonprofit. It moves me to see how many lives are enhanced through their empowerment program and initiatives. Their Free2BeME Project uses art to connect with kids and over the past 2 years, this program has grown with Advocates sharing it all over the country. It has proven to be such a powerful vehicle to help kids get in touch with themselves, each other and the world around them. The art that pours out from their hearts is so beautiful and 'real'. Please support this youth empowerment nonprofit and know that your support helps projects like Free2BeME make a big difference in the lives of so many underserved and at-risk youth.
My daughter was five when she joined the Free2Luv family as a youth advocate for love and kindness. In the past two years, she has grown with a family that promotes acceptance, self-love, and bravery. It has been a delight watching my little girl share Free2Luv with her friends, and plan fun events to raise awareness. She has increased her confidence and gained skills to help her be a leader and stand up for love. Her favorite quote is "choose love, not hate".
Lucy is a beautiful example of how we are never too young to spread LUV and kindness! We're so happy to have her BIG, beautiful heart in our movement. ❤️
I was honored to become a youth advocate for this amazing organization a few months ago. In that time, I have made some wonderful friends and have realized that standing together can make a difference. Free2Luv is truly a family that I am so proud to be a part of. I have had some people reach out to me for guidance and it was an amazing feeling to know that I was helping to make a difference. I am so thankful for this organization not only for what they do for others but also what it has done for me.
Amelia, your support means the world to us! Keep shining your bright light. ❤️
My daughter became a Youth Advocate for Free2luv a couple of years ago, and I am so happy it has touched her life in such a positive way. This organization has taught her about self-confidence, and standing up for what she believes, and also believing in her own goals and dreams. She has learned how to handle difficult bullying situations that have come up at school, because she remembers to be strong and kind to everyone. Free2luv is so important to her and its messages continue to inspire her every day.
We feel very blessed to have your beautiful and passionate daughter in our movement. Maddie is a shining example of how one person can make a BIG difference. ❤️
Being a Youth Advocate for Free2Luv is very important to me. I like being a Youth Advocate because I help to share kindness in the World. I think Free2Luv is a great inspiration to all kids and adults because it encourages them to love everyone. Free2Luv creates wonderful projects that can help change the world and make it a happier place. For example, I helped spread awareness for no bullying by doing Free2luv presentations at my school and local library. I also ran a lemonade stand one summer to help raise awareness for Free2Luv and non-bullying. I am so happy and blessed to be a part of this non profit cause and can’t wait for its next adventure!
Maddie, you're so amazing! We are so happy to have your kind and big heart in our movement. We just love your passion and creativity and all of the awesome ways you share bullying prevention. Thanks for being YOU! ❤️
My name is Hunter and several years ago I was bullied and it was a horrible experience I went through. I saw all the amazing things Free2Luv was doing to spread love and help prevent bullying and I wanted to help. I wanted to turn a negative that happened to me into a positive by helping others. I am glad there is Free2Luv to help and I am glad to be a part of the organization by helping to spread love not hate.
Thank you for sharing your big heart and great sense of humor with our organization. Your support truly makes a difference.