Local nonprofit co-founder named a L’Oreal Paris Woman of Worth

The national award is given to nonprofit leaders.

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Tonya Sandis helps youth turn their pain into something new and powerful through art.

Photo via L’Oreal Paris

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Tonya Sandis, a Seattleite and co-founder of local nonprofit Free2Luv was named as a L’Oreal Paris Woman of Worth for her local charity work.

The award is given to 10 female nonprofit leaders who work hard to build up their communities. Each honoree receives $25,000 for their nonprofit, mentorship from the L’Oreal network, and a platform to share their work.

Tonya and Free2Luv works specifically to address youth suicide rates by giving kids mental health tools through art, film, theater, dance, and social media.

Seattleites can help the cause through Free2Luv’s website and students can receive support by joining the nonprofit’s Facebook group or by signing up to receive a free creative expression journal.