Lady Gaga isn’t shallow, and she wants you to do more than just dance.
The singer and actress is publishing a new book with her nonprofit Born This Way Foundation that aims to “uplift communities and instill a sense of hope in each of us,” O, the Oprah Magazine reports.
The book, titled Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community, features 51 stories about young people who have chosen to perform acts of generosity and gentleness for one another.
“If these stories inspire one act of kindness, then we’ve accomplished our mission,” Gaga said. “We can’t do it alone, and here is a book that shows we aren’t.”
A webpage for the book says, “Within these pages, you’ll meet young changemakers who found their inner strength, prevailed in the face of bullies, started their own social movements, and decided to break through the mental health stigma.”
Born This Way Foundation co-founder and Gaga’s mother, Cynthia Germanotta, told O magazine that the book “shines a light on the everyday stories of compassion, resilience, and bravery that inspire our work at Born This Way Foundation.”
“My daughter and I are so proud of every single young author who helped bring this book to life as their stories show the world what we already know to be true—kindness is transformational, and its effects are never ending,” Germanotta said.
Channel Kindness is slated for publication by Macmillan imprint Feiwel Friends on Sept. 22.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.