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Lady GaGa Launches Born This Way Foundation

The You And I star has teamed up with her mum to work on the youth charity...

Lady GaGa has established a youth foundation with her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, which will launch in 2012.

The eccentric diva announced plans for her Born This Way Foundation on Twitter last night, stating: "I'm proud to announce: My mommy + I have created "The Born This Way Foundation" A place for Bravery, Love, Acceptance."

GaGa's organisation will aim to abolish intolerance of individuality, embrace humanity and build "a brave new world", with a statement on the charity's Facebook page explaining: "Lady GaGa proudly announces the launch of the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF), which will support programmes and initiatives that deal with all aspects of empowering youth."

"The non-profit charitable organisation will lead youth into a braver new society where each individual is accepted and loved as the person they were born to be."

The statement added: "BTWF will focus on youth empowerment and equality by addressing issues like self-confidence, wellbeing, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development and will utilize digital mobilization as one of the means to create positive change."

Lady GaGa also explained: "My mother and I have initiated a passion project. We call it the Born This Way Foundation. Together we hope to establish a standard of bravery and kindness, as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonment."

The BTWF website - which is already encouraging Lady G's Little Monsters to sign up for more information - is currently displaying the message: "This Way, towards bravery... where youth are empowered. This way, towards acceptance... where humanity is embraced. This way, towards love... where individuality is encouraged."

Earlier this week, reports suggested that GaGa is also keen to open an orphanage in India, after doing some research on the cause during a trip to the country.