Lady Gaga to launch Born This Way Foundation

Singers 'hopes to establish a standard of Bravery and Kindness', she claims

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Lady Gaga has announced she is setting up a youth foundation to help people combat bullying and self-esteem issues.

Billboard reports that the 'Bad Romance' star will officially launch the 'Born This Way Foundation' next year, in conjunction with Harvard University and the MacArthur Foundation. The singer and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, will direct the foundation.

According to reports, the Born This Way Foundation will help young people overcome "issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development".

In a statement, Gaga said:

Together we hope to establish a standard of Bravery and Kindness, as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonment.

Meanwhile, CEO and president of The California Endowment health foundation, Dr Bob Ross, added: "Lady Gaga will help empower and give voice to young people who find themselves overwhelmed, undersupported, disconnected, isolated, bullied or struggling.

"This brand of leadership is sorely needed in today's world."

Earlier this week, Gaga was linked with another philanthropic project when it was reported that the singer wanted to open an orphanage in India.

The singer, who was in India to perform at the official after-party of the Indian Grand Prix, is said to have used the trip to research opening an orphanage in the country.

She released her second album 'Born This Way' earlier this year.

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