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Born This Way singer Lady Gaga has started a youth program with her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, reports Reuters. The Born This Way Foundation is to support programs dealing with youth empowerment and help people facing bullying and abandonment. "My mother and I have initiated a passion project," the singer said in a statement. "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." It follows on the singer's interests in supporting gay rights and being outspoken on issues affecting youth. The Born This Way Foundation will be work closely with the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The California Endowment, both focusing on youth empowerment. The Foundation will also work with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, which focuses on the power of the Internet as a means to promote change. The singer has harnessed the power of the Internet to attract more than 44 million fans on Facebook and 15 million followers on Twitter.