JUAN ACOSTA

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Juan Acosta is an award winning 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 drafted a historic LGBTQ+ proclamation for his hometown of Woodland, CA.  He currently serves as one of the Regional Managers for the CalHOPE Warm Line. 
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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. 

Awards include:
Governor & First Lady Service Award
The Presidential Service Award.
NAMI Rising Star Award 

 Steinberg Institute Mental Health Champion 2021 


Published Author with global superstar Lady Gaga : 

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

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

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


LA Public Library

 NAMI LGBTQ+ PANEL


DOSOMETHING

NBA


NAMI WLA

 
Couched In Color 

New York University

Minding Your Mind

Blueshield

The Riff

Univision

Commonwealth Club


Channel Kindness Tour

320 Festival

Fierce Reads

IDONTMIND

YOUNGA

 
 

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