What we do

From reading to children at elementary schools in the United States to donating books and art supplies to children on the other side the world, the You Equal Love organization works in a variety of ways to help spread the love. Here are some examples of the work we do:

Detroit Achievement Academy

Two beautiful faces from the Detroit Achievement Academy with the "You=Love" coloring book.

Two beautiful faces from the Detroit Achievement Academy with the "You=Love" coloring book.

The Detroit Achievement Academy is doing great things! They work hard to provide free world-class education to 140 students, and we think that's awesome. We sent them some books for their library, and we can't wait to visit. Their budget relies heavily on private donations, so if you'd like to help them out use the button below!

LGBTQ Pride

Our crew marching in the Pittsburgh Pride parade in 2013.

Our crew marching in the Pittsburgh Pride parade in 2013.

We believe that no one deserves to be discriminated against or bullied for their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. So, we show up to gay Pride events and we wave our big rainbow banner loud and proud. We have handed out thousands of You=Love stickers while marching in multiple Pride parades in New York City and Pittsburgh. During Pittsburgh's 2013 Pride celebrations the hand printed neon-colored glow-in-the-dark "You=Love PGH" T-shirts we made were a hit, and we sold every one. Check them out in the gallery! 

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Kids in Dhaka, Bangladesh with their You=Love coloring books.

Kids in Dhaka, Bangladesh with their You=Love coloring books.

You Equal Love is international! We collaborated with Leo M. Robiul Islam, UNESCO global youth peace ambassador and chairman/founder of Vision Aid International, to provide art supplies and coloring books to underprivileged children in Bangladesh. Leo has been a wonderful friend to our organization, and he continues to help us hone the dexterity of our international outreach.

Whitney Elementary School

From left: T. Klinkhamer, Sherrie Gahn, and Dean Cercone Jr.

From left: T. Klinkhamer, Sherrie Gahn, and Dean Cercone Jr.

Elementary school principal Sherrie Gahn is a great example of someone using love power to change the world. Working in a school where nearly 85 percent of the young students are homeless, Gahn excels at utilizing the powers of generosity and kindness to assist and provide for her students in any way she can. After being inspired by Gahn's story, shared in an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, You Equal Love founder T. Klinkhamer and illustrator Dean Cercone Jr. traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2012 to read to the students at Whitney Elementary. Check out the footage on our videos page and read more about Sherrie Gahn here.