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OTRC: Lady Gaga launches Born This Way Foundation

Lady Gaga appears on 'The View' on May 23, 2011, the day her 'Born This Way' album was released.

Lady Gaga is going to make good use of her fame and recently acquired 15 million Twitter followers to start a foundation focused on youth empowerment.

The singer is launching the Born This Way Foundation next year with the help of the MacArthur Foundation and Harvard University, reports the Associated Press.

The foundation, which is named after both her second album and debut single off the record, will be a nonprofit and deal with "issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development." The Grammy Award-winning singer will be a director of the foundation along with her mother, Cynthia Germanotta.

"Together we hope to establish a standard of Bravery and Kindness, as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonment," Gaga said in a statement, according to the wire service.

The 25-year-old singer has been a gay rights advocate in the past. In September the singer attended a fundraiser for President Barack Obama at the home of Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and David Goldberg in Atherton, California to discuss her concerns over bullying. Last year she visited Maine last year to support the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays.

"Lady Gaga will help empower and give voice to young people who find themselves overwhelmed, undersupported, disconnected, isolated, bullied, or struggling," said Dr. Bob Ross, the CEO and president of The California Endowment, which is also partnering with Lady Gaga for the foundation. "This brand of leadership is sorely needed in today's world."

The official launch for the Born This Way Foundation will be next year, and an advisory board will be announced soon. Meanwhile, a website for the foundation is up and running.

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