Selena Gomez made a surprise appearance at a high school in Los Angeles Thursday (March 23) with the combined forces of the Step Up Foundation and Coach to spread the message of "empowerment and fulfilling one's potential."
Serving as the designer brand's newly appointed celebrity ambassador, Gomez celebrated World Kindness Day with the positive organization that is known for working with young girls in an after-school program. The pop singer encouraged the students to "love yourself first," -- a mantra that Gomez personally tries to remind herself too.
@instagram is celebrating world kindness day and I got to spend it with people who fully will change our world one day. @coach introduced me to @stepupwomensnetwork which is an after school organization that encourages girls to believe that they have the capability to do anything they set their mind to. It's crazy to me how much they are willing put others before themselves. #------------ #CoachXStepUP #DreamBig
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In a discussion with Today's Sheinelle Jones, Gomez explained that she's putting a pause on making music to focus on other things that are important to her. "I'm taking time to have a personal life," she said. "I'm doing things that I love that I'm passionate about that I care about…it just makes me happy."
The perfect role model for young girls, the actress chatted with the teens and spoke about why this organization is important.
"Step Up's mission to empower young women is personally important to me and something even more crucial in under-served communities," she explained to People. "Working with the young women I met today was an inspirational experience I will never forget."