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378: Building a Kinder, Braver World with Joshua Hollin, Digital Associate at Born This Way Foundation

378: Building a Kinder, Braver World with Joshua Hollin, Digital Associate at Born This Way Foundation

Joshua Hollin is the Digital Associate for the Born This Way Foundation, where he executes digital content in service to the mission of building a kinder, braver world. In 2017, Josh initiated “Channel Kindness Radio,” a recurring podcast series featured on channelkindness.org that centered around nonprofit organizations and people who are actively making a difference in their communities. Josh grew up in a musical family, he started writing and producing his own music when he was 9 years old and graduated with his Bachelors in Commercial Music Composition from Florida Atlantic University. As a classically trained upright bassist and contestant on American Idol, Josh is working on his debut album, Wired, which is all about social media, technology, and mental health. He is passionate about combating the stereotype that young people are lazy, apathetic, or indifferent to the world around them by showing that they are empowered, resilient, and creative, both through his work at the Born This Way Foundation and his own music career.

In this episode, Alan and Joshua discuss Born This Way Foundation initiatives like the Be There Certificate and #BeKind365, the impact social media has had on young people, and what the Foundation is doing for the LGBTQ+ community. Founded in 2012 by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, the Born This Way Foundation is on a mission to support the mental health of young people and work with them to build a kinder and braver world. By modeling healthy conversations, connecting young people with resources online and offline, and building communities that understand and prioritize mental health, they aim to make kindness cool, validate the emotions of young people, and eliminate the stigma around mental health.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How is the Born This Way Foundation supporting the mental health of young people and working with them to build a kinder and braver world?
  • How can businesses get involved with the Born This Way Foundation?
  • The importance of accessible resources for young people

Key Highlights:

  • [02:25] Who is PAJAMAJOSH?
  • [05:30] How did Josh come to the Born This Way Foundation?
  • [07:40] What sparked the formation of the Foundation?
  • [08:40] Be There Certificate and #BeKind365
  • [16:55] Mental Health Awareness Month in May
  • [21:00] Pride Month Initiatives in June
  • [24:20] How companies can get involved and support the cause
  • [25:50] The American Idol audition impact
  • [28:15] “The world is much bigger than this moment.”
  • [29:10] Embracing AI and leaning into the human element of marketing
  • [30:30] Tik Tok time
  • [31:50] Social media and NOT using the tools at your disposal 

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