Celebrate #BEKIND21 with
Edge is proud to support Born This Way Foundation’s #BeKind21 initiative, encouraging acts of kindness toward yourself and others each day from September 1 to September 21 to build kinder, more connected communities that foster mental wellness.
As part of #BeKind21, Edge recognizes prioritizing youth wellness, especially youth mental wellness, is a profound and important act of kindness. Within that spirit, Edge is proud to donate to the efforts of Ali Forney Center, The Trevor Project, and Precious Dreams Foundation.
During your visit, be sure to check out the various opportunities to participate in acts of kindness on site, including writing messages of kindness to the communities supported by the Ali Forney Center, The Trevor Project, and Precious Dreams Foundation.
HELPING HANDS BY Shanée Benjamin
To celebrate #BeKind21, Edge tapped Brooklyn-based queer artist Shanée Benjamin to create a mural depicting the initiative. Titled “Helping Hands”, the mural will be on view from September 1 to September 21.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PARTNERS
ALI FORNEY CENTER
The Ali Forney Center's mission is to protect LGBTQ+ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently. The Ali Forney Center (AFC) was founded in 2002 in memory of Ali Forney, a gender-nonconforming youth who was tragically murdered in 1997,
The organization has grown to become the largest agency dedicated to LGBTQ+ homeless youths in the country, assisting more than 2,000 youths at 17 sites throughout four boroughs of New York City. Services at the 24-hour Drop-In Center include medical and mental health services, career readiness and training, four warm meals a day, and case management.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace.
Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide. If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, our trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting 678678.
PRECIOUS DREAMS FOUNDATION
Precious Dreams Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that teaches children in foster care and homeless shelters healthy coping mechanisms, provides them with bedtime comfort items and uncovers paths to fostering their dreams.
Based in New York City, the organization also reaches displaced youth by way of local chapters in Fort Lauderdale, FL; Chicago, IL; Washington, D.C; Baltimore, MD; Los Angeles, CA; Oakland, CA; Houston, TX; and Atlanta, GA. To learn more about Precious Dreams Foundation, visit www.preciousdreamsfoundation.org.