Selena Gomez loves connecting with her fans on social media with behind the scenes photos, candid shots, and inspirational words but the multi-talented entertainer recently surprised a group of students by visiting their after-school program.
“Coach introduced me to Step Up Women’s Network which is an after school organization that encourages girls to believe that they have the capability to do anything they set their mind to,” The 24-year-old shared in an Instagram post.
@instagram is celebrating world kindness day and I got to spend it with people who fully will change our world one day. @coach introduced me to @stepupwomensnetwork which is an after school organization that encourages girls to believe that they have the capability to do anything they set their mind to. It’s crazy to me how much they are willing put others before themselves. #🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 #CoachXStepUP #DreamBig
Two L.A. schools (Alliance Margaret M. Bloomfield High School and Alliance Leichtman-Levine Environmental Science High School) participated in the event which was billed as having Coach CEO Victor Luiz as a guest mentor for the day. The students were stunned when Gomez appeared.
The singer chatted with the teens and gave them the simple yet poignant advice to “love yourself first.”
“I am truly thrilled to be involved with Coach and their support of Step Up,” Gomez said in a statement to People. “Step Up’s mission to empower young women is personally important to me and something even more crucial in under-served communities. Working with the young women I met today was an inspirational experience I will never forget.”
“Step Up aims to inspire girls and when we ask our girls to name an inspiring woman, Selena Gomez’s name pops up more than you could imagine,” said Step Up CEO Jenni Luke. “Her participation through the Coach Foundation really helps underscore our message to the girls to realize their capabilities and fulfill their aspirations.”
Her philanthropy work is in line with her recent remarks on Today in which she revealed her plans for a hiatus from her singing career to focus on more important things.
“I’m taking time to have a personal life,” she said. “I’m doing things that I love that I’m passionate about that I care about…it just makes me happy.”
Indeed, Gomez’s next project finds her out of the spotlight serving as executive producer of the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. Based on the mystery novel of the same name, the show deals with the issue of bullying and focuses on a young woman who commits suicide and leaves cassette tapes for the people who contributed to her death.
Gomez shared the trailer on her Instagram account calling it her “passion project.”
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