JUAN ACOSTA

Juan Acosta is an LGBTQ + Mental Health Advocate who serves on national committees, speaks at conferences and festivals, and he is a NYT Bestselling Author for a book co-authored with Lady Gaga  "Channel Kindness". He’s dedicated his life to fighting for mental health and LGBTQ+ rights.

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Juan began his advocacy work locally at the age of thirteen and accumulated over 200+ community service hours by the age of fifteen. Since then Juan has done work throughout the entire state of California, nationally, & globally. 

https://idontmind.com/journal/how-one-mental-health-advocate-is-channeling-kindness-through-storytelling

Awards include:

Governor & First Lady Service Award

The Presidential Service Award.

Published Author with Lady Gaga 

https://www.oprahmag.com/entertainment/books/a31279687/lady-gaga-born-this-way-foundation-channel-kindness-book/ 

https://www.channelkindness.org/book/

https://www.fiercereads.com/blog/channel-kindess-q-and-a-series-meet-juan-and-taylor/

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

https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2018/06/19/woodland-pride-month/

Juan served as an Inaugural Reporter for Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, via their Channel Kindness platform. 

https://www.papermag.com/the-born-this-way-foundation-on-how-to-be-a-leader-2462062355.html

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.

https://www.mhsoac.ca.gov/young-californians-lead-way-youth-mental-health?fbclid=IwAR16kgtambMpdMfUEvGdd4mnJE_IrbFYFTwWCAyAodlLWVe7NiHosYpcOjA

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

https://www.mhanational.org/blog/cmhic-2019-6-student-leaders-transforming-mental-health-campus

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

NYU:

https://www.nyu.edu/life/safety-health-wellness/public-safety/you-matter--podcast/episodes/episode-47--juan-acosta--lgbtq--and-mental-health-activist.html

Minding Your Mind:

https://mindingyourmind.org/livetotell/minding-your-mind-podcast-ep-16-juan-acosta/

Blueshield:

https://news.blueshieldca.com/2020/07/30/juan-acosta-and-bluesky-aim-to-curb-depression-and-suicide-in-lgbtq+-youths

https://medium.com/the-riff/he-was-born-this-way-f4e57012fcb8

Univision:

https://www.univision.com/local/sacramento-kuvs/este-estudiante-buscar-hacer-conciencia-sobre-la-salud-mental-en-adolescentes-video

Commonwealth Club:

https://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/archive/video/born-way-foundation-building-kinder-communities-supporting-well-being-students

 

320 Festival:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5wbn3fGTF8

https://www.linkedin.com/in/juan-acosta-737959138

 
 

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