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Leaders of Tomorrow, Leading Today

"Before this program I was blind to the possibilities that I have as a young women. I didn't know I had rights," Karen, 17, shared with us.

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The Power of an Education

This week I’ve been able to meet many inspiring girls in Girl Up supported programs. Girls who were learning to read and write in these programs are empowered to learn about their rights and become leaders.

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Change Has Begun: My Visit with Mayan Adolescent Girls

“When I was aware of my rights, I realized that I didn’t have to accept the violence anymore,” Hilda, one of the participants of Abriendo Opportunidads in Totopicatan shared with me.

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Connecting with my Sisters in Guatemala

"I know now that I can be a change agent, a force of change," Vivian, one of the many passionate, empowered young women we met today told us.

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Greetings from Guatemala

Our delegation has arrived to Central America safe and sound, and I am excited for the official business to begin!

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Take Action Tuesday: Tune in for an Inside Look at Guatemala!

Since arriving in Central America, Annie and Sofia have been introduced to so many girls who have shared incredible stories -- stories of strength, perseverance and empowerment.We think everyone should hear these stories, including you!

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Being Counted in Guatemala

If a midwife helps deliver a boy, she will be paid more than if she helps a deliver a girl. This fact, which was shared with us by Maria Machicado of UN Women, stuck with us throughout our meetings this morning with Guatemalan government officials and UN agencies.

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Girl Up goes to Guatemala!

This week, I hope to be the bridge that connects you to some of the many girls that Girl Up works to empower through supporters like you. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to travel with a fellow Teen Advisor, Annie Gersh, and a Girl Up delegation to Guatemala.

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Top Three Things I Look Forward to in Guatemala

I am so excited to be joining Girl Up on their observation trip to Guatemala. There are three things I look forward to most.

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Take Action Tuesday: Target Promotion with Girl Up and CLEAN&CLEAR

For Take Action Tuesday this week, we want you to go shopping. (That's right - shopping!) With the new school year coming up around the corner, Girl Up and our partner CLEAN & CLEAR® are excited to announce an exclusive deal at Target for back-to-school shoppers!

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Bringing Girls Back to School

Education is important to me because it’s about more than just going to school – it’s about shaping our thoughts and ideas and opening up opportunities later in life.

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