TODAY, I’M BRAVE KICKS OFF FIRST ANNUAL BRAVE DAY LIVE ON INSTAGRAM
--Celebrating Bravery and Helping to Raise Funds for Pioneer, Immersive, Brave Camp Empowering Underserved Preteens to Overcome Challenges --
LOS ANGELES, CA, April 6, 2021 – With a mission to unlock bravery in today’s youth so they can take on the challenges of tomorrow, global non-profit Today, I’m Brave is excited to announce its inaugural Brave Day, Wednesday, April 7 live on Today I’m Brave’s Instagram @TodayImBrave. Brave Day kicks off at 10:00 am through 5:30 pm ET, and is a singular day dedicated to the celebration of bravery featuring celebrities and inspirational leaders who have unlocked their own bravery in the face of insurmountable challenges.
Guests include Leslie Zemeckis, best-selling author, actress, writer and award-winning documentarian; Paul Rieckhoff, social entrepreneur, activist, veteran of the U.S. Army, as well as president of Righteous Media and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; Joshua Coombs, #DoSomethingForNothing founder, who provides haircuts to the homeless, raising awareness of their cause and making a difference to their quality of life; and Lourds Lane, a lead singer, songwriter, violin shredder and the inspiration behind writing the book, music, and lyrics to Broadway’s SuperYou the Musical.
Throughout Brave Day viewers will also have a chance learn about Today I’m Brave’s pioneer Brave Camp, launching this summer in partnership with premier outdoor, experience-focused non-profit Sierra Nevada Journeys; and can make donations to the program that will empower underserved preteens to take on challenges they face, like bullying, peer pressure, academic and social challenges.
“We are so excited to celebrate all things Brave with such an incredible line-up of individuals who embrace bravery in their own lives and inspire others to step out of fear and into their most, authentic, brave selves,” said Lindsay Stein, CEO of Today, I’m Brave. “It’s a day to highlight that Bravery is more than a mindset - it’s a force within all of us, especially our children, teens and youth. We believe that if we help our next generation of leaders unlock their bravery, the world will be a better place.”
The Brave Day guests will share their own inspiring stories, from an inspiring 15-year-old amputee who has defied all odds to a homeless veteran turned entrepreneur and pro-boxer whose mom tried to sell him off as a child for drugs -- and more.
Brave Day discussions will be moderated by Stein and will dive into the power of Bravery and how it connects to meditation, mental health, media, creativity, fitness, financial literacy and body positivity.
The full line of guests and appearance times are: Nikia Phoenix at 10:00 am ET A model, writer, and dream instigator with a passion for women’s issues, social equality, and all things beautiful. Nikia is also the founder of Black Girl Beautiful, a loving and safe space that celebrates Black women. Tilly Lockey at 11:00 am ET Actor, Model, TV Presenter, Social Influencer, Beauty Vlogger, at 15-months, little Tilly was diagnosed with Menigococal Septicemia Strain B which resulted in her loosing both her hands and toes. Now the County Durham teenage schoolgirl says: “I want others like me who are having a hard time to know you can fight back and there are no limits to what you can do.” Leslie Zemeckis at 1:00 pm ET Best-selling author, actress, writer and award-winning documentarian, Leslie’s critically acclaimed films include Behind the Burly Q, the true story of old-time burlesque in America which ran on Showtime. As an actress she has worked in films alongside Tom Hanks, Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and Richard Lawson. Zemeckis is the founder of the program “Stories Matter,” female storytellers mentoring underserved future female storytellers, which she plans on turning into a national program supporting untold stories and mentoring new voices. Paul Rieckhoff at 2:00 pm ET Founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), author of Chasing Ghosts, President and Founder of Righteous, and Host of Independent Americans, and The Dispatches podcasts, and a regular back-up host for Chris Cuomo’s SiriusXM radio show, and most recently as a Creative Consultant and guest for Vice TV’s While the Rest of Us Die, Rieckhoff is a nationally-recognized authority on leadership, team-building, social entrepreneurship, war, the modern military, politics, new media, pop culture, and veterans affairs. Joshua Coombes at 2:45 pm ET Founder of #DoSomethingForNothing, Josh Coombes is a hairdresser, community hero and movement maker. In 2015 he started to reach out to the homeless in his city of London and offer them free haircuts and started using the hashtag #DoSomethingForNothing. This inspired him to begin posting transformative images on social media to amplify their voices. The stories of the people he met resonated, and others began to get involved. #DoSomethingForNothing became a movement born from the idea that we are all able to do something for someone; for nothing. Paul Bamba at 3:30 pm ET When Paul Bamba was a child, his mother sold him for drugs and his father gave up his custody rights, leaving him in the hands of challenging foster care system. Today, Bamba is a C.E.O., Professional Boxer, Combat Fitness Expert, and Philanthropist. He’s a highly sought after celebrity trainer, combat fitness expert, and founder of Trifecta Fitness - a New York-based boxing & fitness training company that has trained a plethora of individuals from movie stars to everyday fitness enthusiasts. As a former Marine, Bamba’s unique form of training combines fitness, strength training, boxing, and military combat skills. Briana ‘Bri’ Franklin at 4:30 pm ET Co-Founder, President & CEO of The Prosp(a)rity Project. Briana “Bri” Franklin is a businesswoman and philanthropist on a mission to eradicate the $1.6T+ student debt crisis. Upon graduating with a whopping $115,000 in student loans, she experienced the challenges of grappling with the exorbitant monthly payments which were further escalated through lack of success in securing well-paying, full-time work and ultimately, having to abandon her previous entrepreneurial pursuits. Through The Prosp(a)rity Project, she takes immense pride in crafting the solution that will provide Black girls/women in the U.S. with the resources to achieve higher rates of success all the while putting an end to the threat of student debt. Lourds Lane at 5:30 pm ET A lead singer/songwriter/ violin shredder of her own touring rock band, Lourds founded and created an educational arts and music-based non-profit and curriculum called the SuperYou FUNdation. Through empowerment workshops and trainings, tens of thousands of youth and adults globally have learned how to notice and celebrate the superhero qualities in themselves and others. She’s the inspiration behind writing the book, music, and lyrics to SuperYou the Musical, about a female comic book artist who learns to love herself when her own super heroine creations come to life. A prolific songwriter, Lourds is a two time finalist of the prestigious Fred Ebb award for Musical Theater Songwriting in 2012 and 2018 and is an alumni of the Johnny Mercer’s Writer’s Colony at Goodspeed Musicals. Lourds also performs in SuperYou the Musical as the electric violin playing superhero misfit named “Rise.” About Today, I’m Brave Founded in 2016, Today, I’m Brave (TIB) is a global non-profit organization with a mission to unlock bravery in the youth of today, so they can take on the biggest challenges of tomorrow. Our core focus is around three pillars of inspiration and change, including diversity, equity and inclusion; education; and health and wellness. TIB began as a movement to inspire a community of children in Sierra Leone, devastated by civil war and the Ebola virus, to unlock their bravery and build on their practice of inner dependence to help them navigate through the crisis. In partnership with Shine On Sierra Leone, TIB created a curriculum around the power of bravery for an elementary school called Muddy Lotus in their community, which focused on inspiring one another in the face of adversity. A few months later, we received a video from the children in Sierra Leone sharing how the message of TIB transformed them. From there TIB grew into a non-profit. From working with the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles to inspire kids fighting serious health issues to creating the 100Roofs Project and raising over $1 million dollars to build homes for families in Puerto Rico who were devastated by Hurricane Maria and Irma – and much more – TIB continues its work to make the world and its youth a braver place. To learn more, visit www.todayimbrave.org