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Causes: Bullying, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Civil Rights, Education, Educational Services, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ

Mission: Join Free2Luv where youth are EMPOWERED, individuality is CELEBRATED, bullying is not tolerated & LUV ROCKS! Free2Luv is an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to rockin' individuality, celebrating equality, spreading kindness & standing up to bullying through arts & entertainment. We empower, engage & enlighten youth globally to know that they are perfect just the way they are & they can use their voice for good. We currently impact the lives of over 35,000 under-resourced youth every year through our art and music empowerment programming. We form partnerships with celebrities, corporations and youth advocates who are passionate about supporting youth's mental health and celebrating everyone’s individuality. We make it our daily mission to empower & uplift our youth because when we raise confident, empowered children, we minimize bullying & teen suicide. We are a movement of youth who are agents for change, inspiring other youth to be their best selves. Success for us is one more child standing up, speaking out and letting their voice be heard.

Results: We reach over 50 million people annually through our global social media campaigns, have partnered with over 25 celebrities to spread awareness, and have created powerful community outreach events and programming to share our message that LUV is STRONGER than hate and BRAVER than bullying. In addition, we have been honored by Western Union's World of Betters as a company who is doing better in the world, won Amway's 'Who Cares' Challenge, named Tom's of Maine 50 States for Good, received several Goody Awards including Charity Goody of the year, among other honors and recognition. With your support, we can expand our movement and create a kinder, braver, and better world for our children.

Target demographics: We service under-resourced youth, teens, and young adults providing mental health support and the tools to thrive and be their best selves.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 35,000 under-resourced youth

Geographic areas served: Global

Programs: We offer Free2BeME art empowerment workshops and ROCK LUV music-based empowerment events.

Community Stories

220 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am quite proud to be a donor to Free2Luv. This organization works hard at spreading kindness and love to all, especially to our youth. I spent much of my youth wondering where I was going and who I was supposed to be. I never pursued where and who I wanted to truly be and went with what was directed at me.
In the past few weeks, I have been undergoing counseling for anxiety and major depression and realize that part of the root with these disorders is not acknowledging who I am and what all I wish to still be. I am a person of worth and absolutely want to do my part to make sure that all people know that they are loved and that they matter.

I am especially passionate about youth and wish to state that a person is never to follow something they do not wish to follow. We are all individuals who matter and one can never be too late in defining their own self. Kindness and love is being sent out by me to all out there and again, know this...you are loved and you matter!!!! You are worthy and it is never too late to define your own self!!! Believe in you....I do!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Free2LUV is one of the best nonprofits with the mission to support youth. I am fortunate to help the organization to create digital outreach. It is an absolute pleasure to work with Kym Sandis. Her passion and engagement motivate me to do my best work. Our communities need organizations like Free2LUV that support youth in their challenging environments and difficult experiences. Bullying in schools and harassment is so common and can be life-changing. The love and encouragement that Free2LUV provides through art and music benefit the youth. They learn how to cope with these challenges. So proud of the hard work the organization is doing for our future generation.

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Free2Luv 09/21/2020

Thank you, Armina, for sharing your skills, talent, and heart with our movement. We're proud to have you in our family. #StrongerTogether

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just finished reading Free2Luv's latest newsletter and it was perfect! I especially love the way you said, “cut yourself some slack - honor your feelings in every moment. It’s okay not to be okay and it’s okay to be okay.” I think our youth needs to hear this every day! What you do is an essential business and I truly admire you! Helping children with mental health is such an important endeavor. These children will have life long troubles if they don’t have a support system to turn to. Free2Luv is an amazing, genuine, and needed contribution to humanity.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of Free2Luv’s events and outreach for the past several years and it has been amazing to watch the programs and impact grow every year! We just produced 4 sold out shows in Vegas for middle school youth and families and I’m so proud of the talented cast and amazing humans who were a part of this production. We were incredibly moved by the responses we received from our audiences. Here are a few:

Thank you for everything. You showed me so many things about bullying.

What an amazing show! You were all fantastic! Thank you for doing what you do!!!!!

You guys are amazing!!! Just saw you at Summerlin Library today and it brought tears to my eyes!! The message, performance soo intense! You guys are very talented!! Thank you so much!!!

I loved seeing the community SHOW UP for their kids, grandkids, friends, and themselves, supporting Free2Luv and their important message. #notalone #endbullying

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I had the opportunity to experience Free2Luv on a recent visit to Las Vegas. I currently program live theatre shows and cultural programs for youth and young adult in my community. A friend told me about the show because of my passion for work with youth and young adults. The best way to describe this group is a very professional group of talented performers sharing their life experience with bullying. Through their artistry, this group of youth ages nine through middle twenty something bought to life the impact of being bullied in this stunning theatrical show.

I was able to go behind the scenes and personally experience the comradery of these young people and hear how much they wanted to use their trauma to effect change for others who have ever endured bullying. It was such a powerful show with impactful stories that brought the audience to tears. It was amazing watching the school children in the audience was immersed in the show and connected with the performers from their seats.

The entire experience was so profound, first to experience such a thriving theatre embedded into to a library was the first astonishment for me…then to experience the high level of talent and the physicality of the performers in such a moving show.

If you can attend Free 2Luv Cirque Tour de Force, go see the show. You won’t be disappointed. The artistic team, and the performers are amazing, very passionate and simply a delightful group.

Kay Wilson-Florida

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I got a call from Free2Luv in the summer of 2019, asking about renting my 300 seat theater for their cirque show. After speaking with Tonya for a few minutes, I told her we would partner with Free2Luv to bring the show, Tour de Force, to my customers. I also decided to bus in 600 school children to watch the show and interact with the performers to learn about bulling and it's devastating effects, in a fun setting. We decided on 4 shows, 1350 people over 3 days. It turned out to be the VERY BEST decision I have ever made! All the shows were overcapacity. Not only were the shows AWESOME, had a wonderful, uplifting message, but were also very emotionally moving for the audience as well as the performers. Moving audiences emotionally is difficult, not something all artist can do, and a sign of an excellent show or artistic presentation. Working with the this non-profit was a dream. They had an incredible amount of professionalism throughout all stages of production right down to the performers, stage hands and ushers. They are well organized, have many promotional channels and created a gorgeous PSA for us to use to advertise the shows. The feedback I received from both the schools that attended and the general public was phenomenal! Some of the children loved it so much, they came to see the show 3 times! We ended up turning away almost 100 people. Most of the attendees were moved and mesmerized by the show and wanted to know when we were having them back! What greater compliment can you have than 4 sold out shows, audience requests to return and a return booking with the house? I highly recommend you go see Tour de Force, it will not disappoint. If you are a venue, please contact this group and bring the show to your venue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer copywriter with Free2Luv, and my experience working with Kym and the organization has been amazing and fulfilling. They are doing great things for youth, providing much-needed support, and affecting social change.

My professional background is in mental health. I've worked with youth in school settings and seen how prevalent bullying, depression, and identity issues are. The Free2Luv family are reaching youth where they are - through art and music, school and community events, peer advocacy, and social media - and spreading a positive, affirming message celebrating individuality and love. They are reducing social stigmas, starting conversations, and assuring vulnerable youth that they are NOT alone.

I'm proud to share Free2Luv's message with family, friends, and community members, and to support their work in my own small way. As a mother, I am thrilled to see it empower children of all ages to stand up for love and kindness.

With suicide now the second-leading cause of death for teens and young adults, Free2Luv is literally saving lives. This organization deserves our support and recognition!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family had a really special experience with this nonprofit. Our son attended their Tour De Force event through his middle school and the kids had such an amazing time they petitioned their principal to go back the next day! We then went to the community show as a family and it was tremendous. I could see why everyone was talking about it! The teen performers were beyond talented and the story was really powerful. One of my favorite things was the Q&A they did after the show where each of the performers shared their experiences with bullying and how they overcame it. It was so inspirational to my kids to hear how these amazing athletes were also bullied. They were really relatable and vulnerable and we left the show having some really great conversations that I know made a big difference in our kids' lives. Thank you, Free2Luv!

1 Barbra McDowell S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My daughter participated in Free2Luv Tour de Force this past weekend. She was so excited to join an amazing group of humans and performers to promote an invaluable message. The best part for her was connecting with her fellow performers, reuniting with old friends, and making new friends. This organization is top notch - from the message they send to allowing opportunities for artists to connect, join together, and heal through art! Not only did I see the value as a parent of a performer but I am also a psychologist and see the value in the positive impact on mental health.

1 Kira T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


"No one is you and that is your super power" I wanted to share about the amazing organization that I have been a youth advocate for since I was 13 years old in case anyone is unfamiliar of them! Free2Luv is a fabulous nonprofit that spreads awareness of antibullying, believing in yourself and how unique you are and equality for all! They have helped my self confidence level so much! I remember how I was looking for something to be apart of that would make me feel included and to know that things will get better as my anxiety level was real bad and I still had depression. I wanted to belong to an organization that stood for and did such great things and boy am I so lucky that I found #free2luv! They have changed my life for the better❤️!

Here is a photo of my school Pasco Hernando State College's PTK Honor Society's "Million Sign Mission" group photo that we recently took together!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Playlist Live was spectacular... So glad I could come and show support to my Free2Luv family! I have been super blessed to be a youth advocate for this fabulous anti bullying organization since I was 13 years old! I am so glad I was able to finally meet the founder of #free2luv - Ms.Tonya! You are such a lovely and beautiful person inside and out! I admire you so much in all the amazing work you do! Ever since I became apart of your Free2Luv family my world has changed greatly! I used to always feel like I was the only one who wanted to help stop bullying until I discovered your amazing organization! I will probably never be able to fully put exactly how much you have changed my life! Very honored to say I am apart of a community that not only helps stop bullying but also promotes equality for all and how we need to love one another equally!

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1 LivingMindfully

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a life-long educator, I am a huge advocate of social-emotional learning and making sure we are addressing the 'whole' child. Free2Luv's programs combine art and music with social-emotional learning in a very unique way that I have never seen before. They show a strong link between the arts and our youth's mental health. All of their programming supports the most vital parts of our youth's learning and well-being far beyond the classroom and into life. I especially like how they focus their work in under-resourced areas where schools have more limited access. I am proud to be a Free2Luv donor knowing that my gift is providing other educators access to this innovative and truly life-changing programming. My dream is for Free2Luv's programs to be in every school!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

If you're looking to support a charity that celebrates individuality and empowers youth to be their best version of themselves, then I highly recommend Free2Luv. I work with the LBGTQ community and since finding Free2Luv, I've had the opportunity to host Free2Luv Free2BeME workshops for our youth and the program has had a profound impact on many lives. By providing a safe space for youth to emote, they are able to get in touch with their feelings on a deep level. The workshops opened the doors to intense conversations and helped us provide some much-needed intervention. Truly lifesaving. I cannot thank Free2Luv enough for offering programming that really speaks to today's youth.

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Free2Luv 01/17/2019

Thank you for sharing your experience with our organization. We truly appreciate your LUV and support!

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1 Tracey W.5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Free2Luv is such an amazing non for profit organization. I work for a nonprofit young adult shelter and we were in severe need of food donations for snacks and they truly came thru!!!! They are doing amazing things for our youth and the anti bullying campaigns are doing amazing things to empower these young people and letting them know they Truly matter!!!!! 10 STARS FOR FREE2LUV.ORG!!!!! SHOUT OUT TO TONYA SANDIS!!!!! YOUR THE REAL MVP! YOU TOTALLY ROCK!

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Free2Luv 02/03/2020

This is what community is all about - nonprofits supporting nonprofits! Thanks for all you do Tracey for our youth and women. As always, we look forward to our next workshop/program with you all. Thanks for the LUV! ❤️

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's been a true privilege working with Free2Luv. This organization is dedicated to creating change in the lives of kids by driving the conversation around bullying prevention and creating a kinder world. I worked with Free2Luv to help them hone their message and positioning to secure corporate partners for their events and programming. I've seen the impact they are making and it is beyond inspiring. As a mother, I can't stress enough how critical Free2Luv's platform is for our youth to have a place to go to feel valued and celebrated. Kym and Tonya work limitlessly to get their empowerment message out to young people and their energy is infectious. I love Free2Luv!

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Free2Luv 01/28/2020

We feel incredibly blessed to have your heart and voice in our movement, Gillian! Thank you, thank you, thank you! ♥️

1 Tammie2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Once again, I can't wait to volunteer this year for the always amazing events Free2Luv has lined up. This year will start in Vegas where we are bringing our Tour De Force antibullying cirque event to under-resourced middle schools and the Vegas community. We will be producing 4 shows that will again honor a beautiful little boy who sadly took his life because of bullying. This show is so powerful - not only are the youth cirque performers amazing and hugely talented, the story is very moving and thought provoking. Last year I volunteered for musician Ddendyl's coming out video and it was incredible to see the entire LGBTQ community represented, including nonbinary representation. I am really proud of the work Free2Luv is doing to bring more peace and acceptance into the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just love supporting this amazing nonprofit and I'm so proud of the impact they are making in the lives of kids everywhere. It was so powerful to be a part of their recent empowerment event Tour De Force that took place in L.A. The event was in honor of a young boy who sadly took his life and it was amazing to have his family participate as the community honored their son. Underserved youth were special guests of Free2Luv at this family cirque event and it was really awesome to see how entranced everyone was with the moving performances by young cirque talent. I am always so happy to support this organization and watch them grow both their outreach and impact.

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Free2Luv 01/07/2019

Tammie, thanks so much for your continued LUV, support, and dedication of our movement. It means the world. ❤️

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1 Equality4All

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough great things about this organization. It's filled with a group of passionate, caring individuals. I've been fortunate to be a part of Free2Luv for several years and witness their awesomeness first hand. I now lead Free2BeME workshops for them, focusing on the LGBTQIA community, and it feels incredible to give back to a community I am a part of. I am really moved by how this project opens youth up and gives them a safe place to express themselves. It can be really life-saving, especially if someone doesn't feel supported at home or in their community. I'm really proud to be a part of this.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've supported Free2Luv for many years and I'm really proud to help them spread their message of gender equality, respect, and support for the LGBTQIA community. I've volunteered at several of their events and their programs are touching many lives. Keep up the great work!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family found Free2Luv at a time when we really needed help. Our son was suffering from depression and it was affecting every part of his life. Free2Luv shared their programming with our son's school and they have been an amazing support system to him ever since. He is now a proud Youth Advocate sharing his experience with other teens along with the tools he learned from Free2Luv to help improve the mental health and self-esteem of other teens in need. Being a part of the Free2Luv family has been so good for him. He has become a different person, confident and optimistic for his future. Thank you, Free2Luv!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank Free2Luv for everything they have done for my family. Our teen was experiencing extreme bullying which led to depression and a very dark and lonely place. We were referred to Free2Luv through a family friend and their support has been life-saving for us. Their message that every child, every person is unique and special and should be celebrated for who they are came at the right time. They were able to share their programs with our son's school and the results have been astounding. We are happy to support this amazing nonprofit to make sure other kids in need are helped and supported. Words can't express our heartfelt gratitude.

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Free2Luv 01/17/2019

Your words warm our heart and we are filled with gratitude that we've connected and have been of service to you and your family. Thank you for sharing your story.

1 LillyMHarper

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of volunteering for Free2Luv for many years and 2019 was an amazing year filled with growth and change. We are now servicing over 35,000 under-resourced youth every year through our arts and music programming! Wow! I am extremely excited for what 2020 has in store for this incredible organization. Free2Luv was just named a Twitch Partner and this huge platform is going to provide a big opportunity to have even more conversations with youth on a global level. If you are looking for an organization to support who directly impacts the lives of youth in need, you have found it. I couldn't be happier to support their mission to create a kinder, braver, more loving world for all youth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of this movement for several years and it's been an amazing journey. I have witnessed the growth that has brought Free2Luv's life-enhancing programming to more and more youth in need every year. Their arts and music programs and events are top-notch and the impact they make on youth and teens is so profound. Countless people have shared how much Free2Luv means to them and it's definitely one of the most rewarding parts of being a part of this incredible nonprofit. They are truly deserving of every blessing and resource that is bestowed upon them. Every gift helps make a difference in the lives of the youth they serve.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been an advocate with Free2Luv for close to 5 years now. Free2Luv has helped me to heal from past experiences. It has allowed me to raise awareness of bullying and how to prevent it. Free2Luv has helped me to help others who may be facing bullying right now. It’s been a blessing in my life and I hope it can continue to grow and spread light and love!

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Free2Luv 01/10/2020

We're so blessed to have your LUV and support. Thank you for being a part of our movement and helping change the world. You rock!

Amanda V.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of working with the ladies and people of Free2Luv and it's been such a pleasure to work with the entire group. They are supportive, uplifting, kind, and everything their mission embodies and then some. Free2Luv is a great non-profit with a strong cause to get behind. Thank you Kym and team for all that you do!! You are some amazing people.

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Free2Luv 07/18/2019

Thank you for sharing your mad skills, talents, passion, and big heart with our movement. We're blessed to have you on our team, Amanda. Thank you for holding our vision and helping grow Free2Luv. ❤

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Free2Luv on Taproot while searching for volunteer copywriting positions in order for me to gain more experience. I had never heard of this organization prior to that, but after reading more about what they represent and what they have done, I am so glad that I have been given the opportunity to be a part of this organization. I think it is wonderful how they proactively stand up to bullying in a way that promotes individuality, acceptance, and art. These are all important things in life for teenagers to experience and I appreciate that Free2Luv is positively impacting many communities.

I worked with Kym, a co-founder of Free2Luv, who guided me throughout my volunteer experience. She was communicative and helpful, answering any questions I had in a timely manner. In addition, she was also flexible with my responsibilities, even allowing me to use my experience as a volunteer for internship credit as a college student. I began doing marketing research to gain experience for my major in marketing, and Kym has allowed me to learn a lot through my work.

While Free2Luv has already done so much to support so many young people who are struggling, I know that they will continue to do so much more. Even if I have finished my volunteer work, I am proud to have been a member of this nonprofit and excited to see what they will do in the future.

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Free2Luv 07/18/2019

Angelyka, thank you for lending your time and heart to our movement. The world is a better place with you in it!

1 Melissa M.11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Free2Luv has offered invaluable support, advice, and love to the band, The Change. They have acted as mentors to a group of youth who are determined to make a difference in the world. Holding hands with Free2Luv has given them the opportunity to do that even more. We are so blessed to be a part of their organization that is doing so much good for so many!

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Free2Luv 03/10/2019

We're so blessed to have your LUV and support! Keep shining your very bright lights in the world. ❣️

1 Phyllis P.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is my honor to be a contributor and supporter of this amazing organization. Every year I watch their impact grow and am so impressed by all of their profound outreach. I had the pleasure of attending two Free2Luv events recently that moved me beyond words. The performances were outstanding and the stories were both relevant and timely. I had an opportunity to speak to some of the young people who attended and really enjoyed hearing their thoughts and feelings after the performances. I have seen first-hand the impact Free2Luv's outreach is making and I'm very proud to be able to support their worthy efforts. They are definitely my charity of choice!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is a visionary group of activists who truly want to make the world a better place for our youth. They understand how youth relate to and speak to other youth and have a strong youth advocacy program that unites kids who are being bullied or having difficulty. They have created a community where youth feel supported and safe and know they are not alone, when at times, they have felt very alone. I support Free2Luv financially and through word of mouth whenever I have the opportunity. Their commitment and dedication is unparalleled and it shows in their innovative initiatives and programs. They are truly a life-changing, life-saving organization.

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Free2Luv 01/25/2016

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support. On behalf of the youth we serve, thank you for doing your part to make the world a kinder place for ALL!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Three years ago, I reached out to Free2Luv when my daughter was struggling with bullying at her school. Since then, they have helped her share their programming with her school and she has become a Youth Advocate for their organization. It's been such a joy to see her confidence grow. She is truly a different person. She now shares their message of kindness and bullying prevention throughout her community and is touching the lives of her peers in a really positive way. I have watched Free2Luv improve my family's life and touch the lives of many others. It's so important that we support organizations like Free2Luv and do our part to make the world a better place for all children.

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Free2Luv 01/17/2019

We're so happy to have you and your beautiful family in our movement. Honored to be of support to you al.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently reached out to Free2Luv because my daughter wanted to bring their message to her school. Not only were they responsive, they helped Olivia bring kindness to her classmates. The confidence and excitement my daughter has displayed since she's been empowered and felt part of something is touching. Kudos Free2Luv for really believing in youth and empowering them to make a difference in their own special way. Keep up the good work. Fan for life!

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Free2Luv 03/03/2016

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

1 musicismylife

Donor

Rating: 5

It's been a few years since I found Free2Luv and I still can't say enough good things about this organization. They are rad! Everything they do is top-notch -- they are the real deal. I'm always moved by their content - whether it's their daily inspiration on social, their art and music programming - it's just so cool to see them helping youth who really need it. I grew up in the inner city and a program like this would have been life changing for me! I know how much it can mean to a kid to feel like someone's there that cares. Keep it up! You're making the world a much better place. You've got my support!!

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Free2Luv 01/17/2019

Thank you, thank you, thank you! It's with support like yours that we can make a difference.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Everything about this organization jives with me. I love how they use music and the arts to break through a problem as big and serious as bullying. I believe in their mission and support everything they do 100%. If you want to be inspired on the daily, follow them on social. And if you can support them in any way, do it. Trust me, we need a lot more of what they're giving in the world - kindness, love, acceptance.

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Free2Luv 05/07/2017

Thank you for your kind words and support. We know the power of music and the arts to heal, uplift and inspire and feel blessed to be able to share them with kids in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hey Everyone,

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!!

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Free2Luv 01/07/2019

Michael, Thank you for your LUV and support. We appreciate you sharing your time and talent with our movement and look forward to an amazing 2019 together. ❤️

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

3 Carolyn S.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Free2Luv 07/23/2018

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.

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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

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Free2Luv 07/23/2018

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.

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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.

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Free2Luv 03/03/2016

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.

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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.

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Free2Luv 04/12/2018

Thanks so much for lending your skills, time, and energy to our movement. We're blessed to have your support.

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Rating: 5

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.

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Free2Luv 04/12/2018

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!!

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Dear Free2Luv,

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!

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Free2Luv 03/28/2018

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!

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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.

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Free2Luv 03/28/2018

Thank you for sharing your big, beautiful heart and mad skills with our movement. You're remarkable!!

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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!

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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.

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Free2Luv 03/28/2018

Thanks so much for lending your LUV and support to our movement. You're all amazing!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!!

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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.

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Free2Luv 03/28/2018

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!

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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.

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Free2Luv 03/20/2018

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!

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General Member of the Public

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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.

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Free2Luv 03/16/2018

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.

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Saturday's event of Free2Luv in downtown LA was amazing and inspirational!

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Free2Luv 03/28/2018

Thank you! We've been receiving amazing feedback and thank you for lending your services to our movement!

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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".

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Free2Luv 12/05/2017

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. ❤️

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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.

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Free2Luv 12/05/2017

Amelia, your support means the world to us! Keep shining your bright light. ❤️

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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.

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Free2Luv 11/26/2017

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. ❤️

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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!

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Free2Luv 11/26/2017

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! ❤️

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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.

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Free2Luv 11/26/2017

Thank you for sharing your big heart and great sense of humor with our organization. Your support truly makes a difference.

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Hello everyone. My name is Jasemine I am a Free2Luv youth advocate from California. I now live in Iowa. I joined Free2Luv in September 2014 after I heard of them from a friend. Since I have joined, I get to share my story of hope with everyone who is being bullied in schools. I hope that one day I can do the same thing. I love raising awareness to causes that touch/impact my life. On my down time, I am also a Cystic Fibrosis supporter. I support friends who have CF. It's a cause that has touched my heart in so many ways. I encourage everyone to join Free2Luv. Your life will be changed forever. Since joining almost 4 years ago, its one of my favorite causes to get email from.

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Free2Luv 11/26/2017

Jasemine, we are so proud of your growth and thank you for being an agent for change with us.

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Thanks to Free2luv i’ve met some amazing people that I now call friends. We made a bond that will never end. We understand each other in every single way. Free2luv has opened up opportunities for me and has allowed me to share my story of Bullying with others. Because of this I feel like others can relate to me and help them.

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Free2Luv 11/21/2017

So happy you're in our Free2Luv family. Thanks for being you and sharing your spirit with our community. You rock!

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Rating: 5

I knew at a very young age that I was not like other boys my age. I never liked the typical "boys toys" I would always rather play with dolls and other toys typically associated with girls. When I was 12 years old, I told the first person I was gay, and it was a huge relief.

The first person I told was my aunt, after coming out to her and with her support I came out the rest of the family and my friends at school some supported me others not so much. I was bullied for several years to follow, with caused me to go into deep depression I had accepted who I was but others had not. Fellow students and even some family told that I would never amount to anything, that I was worthless and should just die.

Even though when I came out, I experienced bullying and lack of support. I did not give up and now work to promote the message that life gets better, and it is important never to give up. I am now a proud LGBTQ advocate & Model/actor, an a Youth Ambassador for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and a Community Advocate for Free 2 Luv, I have been and planned to continue to work to end bullying and suicide.

Free 2 Luv is in important to me for a number of reasons but the one I would like to share with you today is their never ending dedication to empowering youth to be themselves. I know that if I had known of an organizations like Free 2 Luv when I was younger that I would have felt like I belong, like I was loved, and important everyday and that a lot of my sducidal thoughts and actions might not have happened. One of Free 2 Luv's main goals it to let youth know that they define themselves, not the thoughts of others or society but that they have the power to define who they are to the word and to use that power everyday.

I hope that you will consider giving to this amazing organization and help to empower youth to know that they are always Free 2 Luv & to Be themselves.

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Free2Luv 11/21/2017

Thanks for being an awesome agent for change with us. The world is a much better place with you in it. ❤️

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This is an absolutely great organization it's full of great people and it's full of great ambassadors I totally give this organization a 5 out of 5 rating I absolutely love how they help people and help people with bullying it's absolutely amazing in my opinion there needs to be more organizations like free2luv because this world could use all the help that it could get please everyone check out free2luv on Instagram and twitter and checkout their website also I promise you won't regret it they are absolutely amazing!!!!

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Free2Luv has been amazing to me these past 3 years. It has been wonderful getting to share my story with others And with Free2Luv. Tonya, founder of Free2Luv, has always been a rock to me when I needed it the most. So thank you Free2Luv and Tonya for always being there when I needed it the most. Sending love and happiness to you

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Free2Luv 05/07/2017

Thank you for your dedication to our movement and passion to help us spread kindness. You're amazing! ❤

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I have been with Free2Luv for 2 years now and I have enjoyed everything that they do. I want the entire world to hear about Free2Luv so we can put bullying to an end. This is one of the best anti-bullying organizations I have ever been apart of. I will forever be a Youth Advocate for Free2Luv. Since I have been with them, they welcome you with a warm smile, love and kindness. I have been bullied in my life so when I joined Free2Luv I knew I could help those around me who have/were bullied know that they aren't alone. We, at Free2Luv care about everyone. I can't thank Free2Luv for all the joy they have brought to my life with this beautiful organization. I hope one day I can start my own anti-bullying organization or an organization that helps people in need. I will forever be apart of Free2Luv and the wonderful things they do to help others.

"Together We Can Make A Difference."

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Free2Luv 03/31/2016

We are blessed to have you in our movement and thank you for your commitment to making the world a kinder place. Keep rockin' LUV and kindness!

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General Member of the Public

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We worked with Free2Luv in conjunction with a few other organizations to put together an open mic night benefit in Brooklyn, NY. Their mission to put an end to bullying and hate speech fit right in with our other efforts to aide women of color, the LGBT community, and immigrants. From the moment we reached out, Lilly from Free2Luv responded with enthusiasm and willingness to help us out in any capacity and spread the word about the event, along with sharing photos from our event afterward. We were more than happy to partner with them in spreading peace and positivity through this benefit!

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Free2Luv 03/10/2017

Thanks so much for helping us spread light and LUV in the world!

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General Member of the Public

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I love how you use film to discuss topics such as 'coming out' Piece of Cake was so beautifully done and I'm sure it helped so many come out and share their authentic selves with family and friends. It's really great to know there is a safe space where LGBT kids can feel a part of something and feel supported. Thanks for being a safe haven for the LGBT community - we need you, Free2Luv!

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Free2Luv 02/25/2017

Thanks for the LUV! We are passionate about creating a safe, supportive and loving space for LGBTQ youth.

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As a celebrity ambassador for Free2Luv it gives me great pleasure to be involved with such a wonderful organization. Spreading love and bullying prevention are very important messages to send not only to kids but also to adults. We must all find a way to coexist and look out for each other. I love being an advocate for Free2Luv and hope that others would join me in spreading love and not hate!

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Rating: 5

So proud to be part of the Free2Luv family because of everything their organization represents! They promote love, independence, strength and to believe in yourself no matter what you look like. Most of all this organization supports individuality and the prevention of bullying. Free2Luv is family and we're proud to take a stand with them against bullying and to share love and kindness everyday with everyone! Thank you Free2Luv! ❤

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In a word, Free2Luv rocks! They have such a hip, fresh approach to addressing a problem that's unfortunately been around forever and is now an epidemic. I can't think of a better way to really reach kids than through music, art and social media. Their message is 'bullying is never ok' and spreading love and kindness is the best option. Couldn't agree more. Thanks Free2Luv.

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Free2Luv 05/07/2017

Thank YOU for your support!

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As a single mother of a teenage daughter, it's so vital to me that my daughter feels empowered and I found that this organization does just that. They stress the importance of being true to yourself and staying strong in your beliefs and convictions and not falling victim to peer pressure. My daughter had the privilege of participating in one of their empowerment workshops and it was a really powerful experience for her. I love Free2Luv and what they stand for and hope that every teen can be touched by this movement. We look forward to getting more involved!

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Free2Luv 05/07/2017

We are honored to have been there for your daughter and are committed to growing our empowerment outreach so we can reach as many teens as possible. It's so important to us for each of them to know how valued they are. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. ❤

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With everything that is going on in the world right now, I am so happy that organizations like Free2Luv exist. They are passionate about celebrating ALL people and are a safe haven for anyone who may be feeling scared, isolated and alone. They want every child to know they're perfect just as they are and this is such an important message for kids to hear right now when they may be feeling very uncertain about the future.
I am a big supporter of this nonprofit and love how focused they are on serving minority youth. After their LGBT short film Piece of Cake came out, I saw so many posts/messages from teens and young adults saying how much this film helped them, some coming out and others becoming more comfortable with their sexuality and that is truly priceless. I hope that everyone who can supports this amazing nonprofit so they can continue their important work. To say I'm a fan is an understatement!

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Free2Luv 05/07/2017

And we are a fan of yours! Thank you for your unwavering support. It truly makes a difference. ❤

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I have been a fan, supporter and donor of Free2Luv since their inception and am so proud of everything they do to make the world a better place for ALL! Their new Free2BeME art project is so amazing. Art brings people together and seeing what's inside kid's hearts is both moving and beautiful. I'm also really looking forward to seeing the LGBT short film they've created to support LGBTQ youth. I can't wait to see what comes next for this passionate group. You can be sure I will support all of their work and I encourage you to do the same. Our youth need each of us! This organization has proven to me that when you care, you can really make a difference in the world.

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Free2Luv 08/13/2016

Your support means so much to us! Thank you for helping us spread the word that LUV is STRONGER than hate.

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I recently found this organization when I was seeking help for my son who was being bullied and so happy I did! What a caring, compassionate group of people who are passionate about supporting young people. They sent him out an empowerment package with a personalized note that made him feel so special and even invited him to be a part of their Free2Luv family. Free2Luv has made such a difference in my son's life and now he is a Youth Advocate and inspiring and helping other kids going through some of the experiences he had. As a parent, I am so incredibly thankful to Free2Luv and the work they are doing in the world.

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I just want to say once again that what you are doing to promote awareness, kindness and acceptance with your anti bully campaign and Instagram account, brings me to tears. It is so heartwarming when groups rally around children such as my son and his siblings. Keep up the great work.

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Rating: 5

Free2Luv is an amazing organization, run by an even more amazing group of humans! The heart of their message touches a variety of issues, whether it's bullying, struggling with one's identity, or self-acceptance - they teach the important lessons of self-love, and knowing YOU MATTER through the arts. We collaborated with Free2Luv on a short LGBTQ film, that went on two win awards and screen at a multitude of film festivals. We are proud to have worked with them, fundraise and support their cause and even prouder to be a part of the Free2luv family. - The Riot Life

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Free2Luv 12/22/2016

It was an honor to collab with you on Piece of Cake and support LGBTQ in their coming out process. Your support has been instrumental in our LGBTQ outreach and we feel incredibly blessed to have you in our family. Keep spreading your bright light in the world!

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Rating: 5

I absolutely love this nonprofit! They stand for an amazing cause, yet also promote the power and idea of love to ALL. As a LGBT individual who grew up being bullied and put down, I really love the cause behind this nonprofit. It truly is one of my very favorites. So thankful for stumbling across them.

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Free2Luv 12/09/2016

We're super happy to have connected with you, too and thank you for all of your help spreading our mission. You're awesome! Keep spreadin' the LUV!

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It fills my heart with so much luv and a sense of thankfulness to be an advocate with such an amazing empowering non profit that is bringing so much luv into a world that needs more luv and kindness

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Free2Luv 11/27/2016

We're so blessed to have you in our movement spreading LUV and kindness. Thank you for using your voice to inspire and empower others!

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Rating: 5

Free2Luv is an amazing organization that truly operates from the heart. Their mission is a powerful & oh-so important one (actually, more like crucial in this day and age), and their people are dedicated, passionate, creative, kind, compassionate and professional.
I've partnered up with them and donate a percentage of my (business) sales to them, and every interaction has been an absolute joy. It is a pleasure and an honor to be involved with this incredible non-profit.
THANK YOU Free2Luv for your wonderful work! Ultimately, we all benefit from it.

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Free2Luv 09/26/2016

We feel blessed to have the support of amazing companies such as yours. Thank you for sharing your big heart with our organization. So proud to have this beautiful line of handmade jewelry support our youth empowerment initiatives http://magdamolina.com/collections/lovewins

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Rating: 5

I have never been a victim of bullying, although I have been called things in the past, it was more sort of from family talking about my weight, they never meant it in a way to make me feel bad even though it made me feel terrible. I wanted to do something about bullying after I experienced something very sad. I witnessed a guy with a slight disability getting mocked by others due to the way he talked, and getting threats of getting beat up. All of this was just because this boy turned around to browse the metro to see who was on.He did not bother anyone at all, but a certain guy wanted to be "Funny" and decided to be very rude. No one laughed but one of his friends. I felt bad for not standing up to the bully even though I so badly wanted to say something. The reason I did not say anything was for the fear of making things worse, and or having this bully hurt me or my friends because he looked like a guy who would be in a gang. What I did do was talk to the victim and make a conversation with him, so that the bully could see that I did not think he was funny, and that this boy could have as many friends and even much more friends than him even with his disability. What matters is who someone is, not what problem they may have. This opened my eyes and let me see how big this problem really is. It made me realize that many people don't stand up to help because of fear.I started to do research on anti bullying organizations and came across Free2Luv. Immediately I became interested in joining the movement and doing anything in my hands to help bring awareness. I decided to do my final project in my civics class dedicating it to bullying, where i will be talking about this amazing organization that can help so many kids and teens, around the world. Free2Luv deserves to be more out there and I want to help by sharing with those I know and hoping they decide to join the movement. This organization is amazing and its shooting for a great cause.

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Free2Luv 05/30/2016

You showed bravery, kindness and compassion and that is what our movement is all about! So often people don't think of the damage their words or actions can cause. Kindness is always the answer! We are happy you have found us and we look forward to having you in the Free2Luv family.

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Rating: 5

Lilly and the team at Free2Luv deliver a great message through their work...that bullying should be at the forefront of societal issues faced today and that it can be combated with respect. With creative, engaging, and *gasp* modern campaigns/messaging, the team really knows how to drive their mission home as evidenced by their growing team of youth advocates and celebrity ambassadors.

-Rafik

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Free2Luv 05/13/2016

Excited to be making a difference in the lives of youth with you, Rafik! Thank you for offering a wonderful platform for supporters to give back. Friends, you can check out our Wish List here: http://www.myfiki.org/profile/Free2Luv. Know that your support helps us grow our movement and is truly appreciated.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Nicole Thomas, and I am a youth advocate for free2luv. I feel like their anti bullying organization is amazing, and has helped so many kids and teens overcome bullied and realize that it is alright to stand up for yourself. You are not alone, and that is the message that they are trying to send. Take the pledge and join the #millionsignmission, and please visit their website for more information free2luv.org and see the truly amazing things that they have done, and I hope to accomplish with them.

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Free2Luv 04/30/2016

Thanks so much, Nicole! We're super proud to have you on #TeamFree2Luv and look forward to rockin' kindness in your community. Together, we are STRONG! ❤

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I Believe Music has the Power to Heal
My name is Gabbie Rae; I am a 17 year old singer and I am passionate about standing up to bullying and lending my voice to create real change in the world. As someone who experienced bullying first hand, I don’t want anyone to have to endure the pain and suffering that can come from being bullied and I want to let kids everywhere know they are not alone. I know how powerful and healing music can be and it’s important to me to give back by sharing my experience with other kids through my music and letting them know that their experience with bullying does not need to define them. Three years ago, I teamed up with an anti-bullying nonprofit, Free2Luv (free2luv.org), who utilizes music and the arts to empower kids, celebrate their individuality and spread kindness. I’m honored to be a Celebrity Ambassador for this awesome organization. Together, we have reached millions of families through our FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS BULLY campaign. I’ve performed on their anti-bullying anthem and in their ‘Rock Your Own Lyrics’ empowerment concert series designed to encourage kids to follow their dreams and not be afraid to be themselves. My fans that reach out and share their stories move me and I feel so proud to be able to be there for them and be a voice for change. I believe that one person truly can make a difference and I’m honored to stand with an organization that makes it their daily mission to empower youth and celebrate everyone’s uniqueness. I’m dedicated to Free2Luv and their mission and I plan to continue to support their efforts to create a kinder world. It would ROCK if you did, too!
Sincerely,
Gabbie Rae

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Free2Luv 04/23/2016

We are beyond blessed to have your light, talent and commitment behind our organization. You have inspired so many with your story and your music. Keep following your passion.

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