When she was just 15, Gabby Frost, a North Penn High School graduate, launched a nonprofit aimed at bringing people together and providing them with much-needed support, writes Lisa Dukart for the Main Line Today.
At the time, Frost would come across tweets from people in her favorite fandom who were contemplating harming themselves.
“I sent them support, but there wasn’t anything in place that I knew of that was a support tool,” said Frost. “So I thought, ‘Why not create a way for people to get paired up with a buddy based on their interests?’”
So she decided to launch Buddy Project, an online platform that provides teens and young adults with a place to forge relationships.
In particular it directs those in need to appropriate hotlines, from suicide to eating disorders.
The platform originally paired people based on select interest such as movies and bands but has since added dozens of new options, such as religion and sexual identity.
Frost, now a senior at Drexel University, was recognized for her work by Glamour magazine as the 2019 College Woman of the Year.
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