Juan Acosta age 25, grew up in Woodland CA. He is a first generation Mexican Immigrant. He attended and graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelors in Psychology. Juan began his advocacy work locally at the age of thirteen and accumulated over 200+ community service hours by the age of fifteen. At age 21, Juan drafted a historic LGBTQ+ proclamation for his hometown of Woodland, CA. Since then Juan has done work globally. He has served on national committees, speaks at conferences and festivals some include: United Nations Side Events, and the first ever Youth Mental Health Action Forum White House event. Juan is a New York Times bestselling author for a book co-authored with Lady Gaga, CHANNEL KINDNESS: Stories of Kindness and Community. He collaborates on a regular basis with numerous organizations and brands. His work has been featured by Mashable, Oprah Magazine, DOSOMETHING, MTV, Yahoo and more. He currently works at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, and serves as a board member for Steinberg Institute.

Awards include:
Governor & First Lady Service Award
CalHOPE Ambassador Appreciation Award
NAMI Rising Star Award 
 Steinberg Institute Mental Health Champion 2021 

Published Author with Lady Gaga + BTWF authors : 


Juan Acosta drafted a historic LGBTQ+ proclamation for the city of Woodland, CA. That passed unanimously for the first time in the town's history. A similar attempt was made in 1998 and failed to pass through the City Council

Juan was selected as one of the fifteen members of the Youth Innovation Project Planning Committee for California's Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission.

Juan served as one of the six members nationally selected for Mental Health America’s Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council!

Juan was selected as 1 out of the 30 youth participants to participate in MTV + The White House Youth Mental Health Action Forum

Juan has had numerous media appearances, speaking engagements and collaborations some include:

White House X MTV Youth Mental Health Forum

Each Mind Hero

CBS13 Pride Special

Vital Strategies Spotlight

Salesforce x iHeart

San Francisco State University News

The Takeaway



CBS Interview


El Universo


MHA College Report


Dancing In the Grey

The Power Of Kindness with Lady Gaga


Free Your Me Campaign

Human Rights Campaign

Global Harvard X MHA

Blueshield X Commonwealth Club

Mental Illness Happy Hour




Couched In Color 

New York University

Minding Your Mind


The Riff


Commonwealth Club

Channel Kindness Tour

320 Festival

Fierce Reads





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