Two Valley Youth Meet Lady Gaga

She's fearless, fashionable, ferocious -- and philanthropic.

Lady Gaga hosted the launch of her Born This Way Foundation with Oprah Winfrey and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

"It's promoting support of the LGBT community, anti bullying, tolerance, and promoting kindness,? Jessica Pompa said.

Two involved valley youth attended the conference at Harvard University.

"I'm a youth journalist for Coachella Incorporated. We're a group of young journalists in the eastern valley,? Tony Aguilar said.

"My organization, Building Healthy Communities, I've been working with them for two years now,? Pompa said.

"There are about half a dozen or more youth journalist groups like Coachella Incorporated up and down the state of California. They contacted each youth group and said we'd like to send someone, please send us a nominee or something and from there, that's how we were chosen,? Aguilar noted.

Gaga said the foundation's goal is to empower youth and inspire bravery.

The youth say of all the quirky traits to love about Lady G, what they like most, ?Her individuality. She doesn't try to fit in,? Pompa said.

This one day conference isn't just a 24-hour trip for these valley youth.

"I definitely think if there was a center around here for youth to utilize to stay at or just to go to when they're hurting for something to do or when they're lost, I think it would definitely reduce crime rates or suspicious activity,? Aguilar said.

"I'm going to try and talk to her about coming out to the eastern Coachella Valley, so maybe we can get something youth-led. That's something I'm really looking forward to,? Pompa said.

The youth seem eager to bring back Gaga's ambitious energy to the desert.

comments powered by Disqus

Photo Galleries

  • Hillary Clinton's most provocative statements
    Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

    Hillary Clinton's most provocative statements

    While Donald Trump's propensity for colorful rhetoric has garnered much of the attention this election cycle, his opponent Hillary Clinton hasn't led a gaffe-free campaign. Click through for her most provocative statements.

    Read More »
  • Easy ways to better your credit score
    iStock / Deejpilot

    Easy ways to better your credit score

    Everyone could use better credit. Here are some easy ways to better your credit score.

    Read More »
  • On this day: October 24
    Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    On this day: October 24

    The first transcontinental telegraph message is sent, Harry Houdini gives his last performance, the United Nations is born, Jackie Robinson dies, and the Concorde makes its last commercial flight, all on this day.

    Read More »
  • Chicago Cubs, fans celebrate NLCS victory
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Chicago Cubs, fans celebrate NLCS victory

    For the first time in 71 years, the Chicago Cubs are the National League champions.  Here's a look at their celebration as they go for their first World Series win since 1908.

    Read More »
  • On this day: October 23
    IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation

    On this day: October 23

    The U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut are hit by a truck bomb, Robert Bork's Supreme Court nomination is rejected, and the iPod is introduced, all on this day.

    Read More »