A Moment with Lady GagaFebruary 12, 2013
The Lady Gaga Born Brave Bus Tour was an event for Lady Gaga’s fans to get connected to local resources in an open, kind environment, where her little monsters (the name Lady Gaga uses for her fans) could be themselves without fear or judgment. What a wonderful way for youth to get connected with each other, resource providers, and Gaga herself. The event was full of excitement, love and bravey.
I started my day off at 3:30 a.m., for a live news segment about the bus tour and mentoring. (I have never put make-up on so early in the morning). I arrived at the Xcel Energy Center at 4:45 a.m. and saw many little monsters braving the cold to receive tickets to the “monster pit.” Talk about dedication and determination. Just think of what her fans are capable of if they were that determined to stand in the cold for DAYS to receive tickets. I am excited to see what they will do in the future. I, happily, did not have to brave the cold and was able to tape the news segment inside, but just as I walked inside, my nerves kicked in. Luckily, I had one of my mentors, Mai-Anh, there to support and guide me through my first time speaking on the news (Did I mention I am not very fond of public speaking?). But with Mai-Anh’s help and a run-through of questions from Chris, the news reporter, I was ready to go. And with a blink of an eye, my five minutes (really 90 seconds) of fame was over. To check out the video, visit the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota’s Facebook or Twitter page.
Fast forward to about 9 hours later, Nicki, another AmeriCorps Member at MPM, and I were on our way to the Born Brave Bus Tour for training. We arrived at 2 p.m. for training and our eyes grew with awe and wonder. The art that was displayed with the bus tour was created mostly by Lady Gaga’s fans from around the world, and it was beautiful. It was fantastic to know that youth around the world have been able to tap into their sparks and have a platform this huge to display their sparks. I am sure many of the artists featured have mentors in their lives that have helped them get in touch with their spark and that have supported them to show it off to the world.
At 3 p.m., little monsters started showing up and were dressed to impress their mother monster (more Lady Gaga lingo). Glitter, sequence, lace, studs, neon, and heels were everywhere you turned. It was spectacular to see all the designs created by youth. While everyone was all dressed up, Nicki and I talked to many youth about the mentors in their life and how to get resources on mentoring. It was music to my ears to hear how many youth had a mentor or were a mentor to other youth! I would guess about 75% of the youth in attendance were able to say that they had a mentor. Words used to describe mentors were everything from love and understanding to kindness and support. It just goes to show that youth are the experts in their own lives and know what they need from adults and mentors.
Then, around 4:45 p.m., the air changed from excitement to “fandemonium” because Lady Gaga was there! Her little monsters were so excited, so overwhelmed, and so overjoyed that Gaga was there to see, support, and cherish them. It was at that moment that my heart grew fonder for Miss Gaga herself because she truly cares about her fans, the LGTBQ community, and all youth that may feel like they do not belong.
To wrap up the day, I was talking to two young ladies from London who said that an event like this, where youth can receive help and resources, never happens in the UK. They hope, and so do I, that more events like the bus tour happen because young people are saying that this is what they need: a place to receive many resources in open, safe environments to help them be empowered and succeed in life.