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Lady Gaga tour invites youth to "Born Brave Bus" in 21 cities

February 5, 2013
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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With superstar, National Council affiliates tell youth: Be brave, be kind, tap mental health resources when needed

As Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball tour continues through the United States, so does the Born Brave Bus Tour.  Mental health professionals from National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) member organizations and from the National Association of School Psychologists volunteer at the events in each city, offering activities and resources that recognize the importance of mental health and encourage seeking help when needed.

The group says the bus welcomes all ages, but is geared toward those ages 13 to 25.   The message behind the bus events is for these young people to safely gather and celebrate their individuality — the person they were born to be.

So far, Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO of National Council, says that the bus tour is off to a great start.  According to a recent letter by Rosenberg, Betsy Schwartz, the National Council’s Vice President, Public Education, has led the partnership with the Born This Way Foundation and participated in the Phoenix event. Schwartz reported back saying that the volunteers are doing a “phenomenal” job engaging the young people who visit the bus, and also said that Lady Gaga glowed with excitement as she participated in this event.

The bus tour will continue throughout the country until March 20.  From 4 to 7:30 p.m. on the day of each Lady Gaga concert, The Born Brave Bus is open to the public.  The Born Brave Bus is free of charge, and participants can pre-register online or in person.

Below is a list of the upcoming stops for the Born Brave Bus Tour:

  • February 6- St. Paul, Minn.
  • February 13- Chicago, Ill.
  • February 14- Chicago, Ill.
  • February 16- Detroit, Mich.
  • February 19- Philadelphia, Pa.
  • February 20- Philadelphia, Pa.
  • February 22- New York, N.Y.
  • February 23- New York, N.Y.
  • February 25- Washington, DC
  • February 27- Boston, Mass.
  • March 2- Penn State, Pa.
  • March 3- Mohegan Sun, Conn.
  • March 6- Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • March 7- Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • March 10- Nashville, Tenn.
  • March 11- Atlanta, Ga.
  • March 13- Tampa. Fla.
  • March 15- Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
  • March 16- Miami, Fla.
  • March 18- Greensboro, N.C.
  • March 20- Tulsa, Okla.
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