What does Aaron Paul’s wife’s charity, The Kind Campaign, do?

Aaron Paul - Wife Lauren Paul

Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul may be the better-known one in his marriage, but he seems to have no problem saying wife Lauren Paul is the one making the bigger difference in the world as a cofounder of The Kind Campaign.

“I couldn’t be more proud of her,” he told World Entertainment News Network at the Open Hearts Foundation’s annual gala in May. “I always sit back and applaud her on a day-to-day basis. It’s nice to see everyone else applaud her tonight.”

Created by Molly Thompson and Lauren (née Lauren Parsekian) at Pepperdine University in 2009, The Kind Campaign is a nonprofit organization that aims to eradicate girl-against-girl bullying.

Lauren Paul - Molly Thompson

They explain of their mission on The Kind Campaign’s website

Over the years, the vicious ways in which females treat each other have become societal norms, with various media outlets that mock and even glamorize the issue. What we often choose to ignore is the fact that these experiences very often lead to depression, anxiety, loss of self worth, eating disorders, drug abuse, alcoholism, attempted suicide and actual suicide in millions of girls lives… We are suggesting something very simple: to STOP the competition, STOP the cattiness, STOP the hate, and to BE KIND.

The ladies launched the campaign five years ago with their documentary, Finding Kind, which was actually directed by film-graduate Lauren. In it, she and Molly traveled around the country, talked to young women and discovered “universal truths about growing up as girls.”

After completing the film, Lauren said she and Molly realized there was still much more to be said about the issue of “girl-on-girl crime” — so they established the official Kind Campaign nonprofit in Fall 2009. The interactive campaign allows young women to share their own experiences online or in The Kind Magazine. The women also provide tools and tips so schools can establish Kind Clubs.

Lauren Paul Kind Campaign Activism

In the time since the nonprofit was founded, The Kind Campaign has continued to gain momentum. Just this month, DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about how important she thinks The Kind Campaign’s message is — and why it’s encouraged her to raise $1.8 million for the cause.

“I’m the mother of two teenage daughters, and I’ve lived through it firsthand,” Stacey said. “Rivalries and antagonisms are posted on the Internet and commented on. Texting is another huge problem.”

To date, The Kind Campaign has reached more than 200,000 young women.

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  • Scarlett

    Girls are so hateful and mean towards each other, to see these women create a campaign to help these young girls that go through bullying that leads to all of the things mentioned in the article such as depression, and loss of self worth is truly amazing. I hope people share the name of this organization and get it out to not only young girls hoping for someone to talk to but parents as well or anyone willing to help make a difference.

  • LaLa84

    Girls are taught from a young age that we are each other’s competition, the enemy. How are “We” supposed to get along when we are pitted against each other from the beginning. Sad.

    And might I add, his wife is gorgeous!

    • james

      My wife and I believe this message should be applied to all three genders. As a man living in san Francisco I see all walks of life and have experienced cattiness and competition from them. Many people live as if even their friends are competition, we often hold our own self worth juxtapose to where our peers are in life. I see people leaving their prior social circles and forgetting where they come from every time their social, economic or religious status changes. The main message people are missing is no matter what you are or what you believe in, as long as its not deteriorating anyone’s quality of life or hurting them its fine and you should be treated with respect simply because they are human.

      • LaLa84

        Well said

    • guest

      And may I add that you are gorgeous as well

      • LaLa84

        Thank you

  • LeighKG

    just learned about this through watching Aaron Paul’s acceptance speech on the Emmy’s. Excellent organization! I went through it through most of my childhood and into highschool. Being a shy girl who did not stick up for myself I was frightened to go to school a lot of the time. Luckily I had supportive parents and good friends but girls who do not speak up about it need to! Put downs or mean looks cause scars and for some people the scars don’t go away. Self confidence comes with time and those who are bullied will gain strength through such organizations like this, especially if they don’t have someone to turn to. :)

  • Robin Wilson

    What a worthwhile organization.

  • Wtf

    It is adorable how in love with her he is!

    She has said that she was bullied in school to the point of developing an eating disorder. I think it’s awesome that she turned such a negative experience into a positive one that has the opportunity to help so many young girls. It seems like almost every girl I knew growing up was either being bullied or was the one doing the bullying. The cycle has the break somewhere!