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Teen Advisor Weekend!

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I am inspired. I am still exhausted from all the activity and fun! Most importantly, I am excited for what’s to come. That is my reaction after spending three fantastic days with the 17 Girl Up Teen Advisors, who all met for the first time in Washington, DC, this past weekend.

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Girl Up Campaign featured on AOL.com

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Supporters around the globe will be thrilled to open up their homepages today and see us featured on AOL.com! Girl Up is featured in an ad on the AOL.com homepage, highlighting our call of ‘Uniting Girls, Changing the World.’ AOL.com is an internationally-viewed website with 15 million daily users.

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Take 5 Minutes and Learn

Hey guys! So here’s what I’ve been thinking about lately…

At school, I have been taking a socio-cultural anthropology course, which pretty clearly relates to Girl Up’s efforts. Over the semester I have learned so much about a wide variety of cultures and the ways in which they are similar and different. I have learned about a variety of topics and issues, from making a living, to communication, to kinship.

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25 GirlRaiser Ideas: Part 4

Sometimes the hardest part of anything is getting started, so we’ve put together a little list of 25 ideas so your GirlRaiser team can have fun while giving High Fives! This is the fourth set in a series of five in our GirlRaiser Ideas series so keep checking in for more ideas!

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Girl Up's New Year's Goals!

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Happy 2011!  As the New Year rolls in, and everyone is setting their goals and resolutions for the year, we decided to join in and set some goals of our own!

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25 GirlRaiser Ideas: Part 3

Sometimes the hardest part of anything is getting started, so we’ve put together a little list of 25 ideas so your GirlRaiser team can have fun while giving High Fives! This is the third set in a series of five in our GirlRaiser Ideas series so keep checking in for more ideas!

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Time is Running Out!

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You will not believe the news I have for you!  This holiday season, we asked you to help send 1,000 girls to school in Malawi. Thanks to all of your hard work, we have completely exceeded our goal just days before 2010 ends. So far, you have given enough to help give more than 4,000 girls an education!

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What a fabulous year! (Part 2)

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As the year comes to an end, all of us here at Girl Up have been looking back on the most amazing 2010 moments. We realize that so many of our most incredible memories came from you! 

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Birthday GirlRaiser

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This year, for our 10th birthday party, my twin sister Sydney and I decided to have our first GirlRaiser to support Girl Up. We went on GirlUp.org and started our GirlRaiser team, "Jersey Girls Rock!" We needed our mom and dad to help us get organized, but the rest was pretty easy. 

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Christmas Tree Traditions and Girl Up!

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I recently moved to Arlington Heights, Illinois. As the winter season approached, our family was invited to join the neighborhood of 550 houses to decorate a Christmas tree with little white lights and display it in our front lawn. This is a tradition that dates back 40 years in Arlington Heights.

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25 GirlRaiser Ideas: Part 2

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Sometimes the hardest part of anything is getting started, so we’ve put together a little list of 25 ideas so your GirlRaiser team can have fun while giving High Fives! This is the second set in a series of five in our GirlRaiser Ideas series so keep checking in for more ideas!

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One girl at a time

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Imagine you are in a class with 40 other children, trying to learn and understand the lesson. Now, imagine you had no pencils or notebooks. Girls in developing countries like Malawi are forced to learn in extreme situations like these every day.

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Join Jenna in giving a High Five!

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My name is Jenna, and I’m a Girl Up Teen Advisor. I’m writing to wish you all happy holidays and to remind everyone of the importance of giving during this holiday season!

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What a fabulous year! (Part 1)

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Wow, what a year it has been for Girl Up! I cannot believe we started this campaign just a few months ago.  We all know time flies when you’re having fun!There are so many things we’ve done and achieved this year, but before we start 2011, we want to share some of our favorite moments of 2010!

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The Girlution Girls of New Orleans

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If you want to help start a revolution to help the world’s girls, look no further than “Girlution” in New Orleans!

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25 GirlRaiser Ideas: Part 1

Sometimes the hardest part of anything is getting started, so we’ve put together a little list of 25 ideas so your GirlRaiser team can have fun while giving High Fives! This is the first set of five in our GirlRaiser Ideas series so keep checking in for more ideas!

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Thumbs Up for Girl Up!

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As a senior at Ashley Hall, an all-girls school in Charleston, South Carolina, I am required to complete a senior project before graduation. The senior project gives students an opportunity to discover a passion and explore it deeply. I found my passion with Girl Up!

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The Girl Up Pep Rally goes to Denver!

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Want to see what a Girl Up Pep Rally is like? Watch this video of Girl Up's Jen Kim Field where she was live at our Unite for Girls Tour in Denver to hear all about the awesome girls (and boys!) who attended to learn how they can unite to change the world!

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More girls deserve a chance like Hajira!

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You and I know that in the U.S., school girls like you grow up to have so many opportunities – think of your moms, aunts, or our government leaders! But girls in other countries like Malawi don’t always have that chance.

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High Five: Progress for Child Marriage Prevention!

Today, we’re giving a huge “High Five” to the U.S. Senate! Last Wednesday, a bill that will protect kids from being married off before they are old enough to know any better passed in the Senate unanimously.  This is the first time that the Senate has backed legislation related to this issue.

In countries like the U.S., you have the right to marry who you chose to, but in some developing countries, girls are becoming brides as young as age five!

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Gluing Girls Lives Together with Henkel

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Earlier this month I stepped (way) outside of the United Nations and nonprofit world in which I live and spent a couple of days with the leadership and employees of Henkel North America at their campus in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

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This holiday, send a girl to school in Malawi

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Since the UN Foundation launched Girl Up earlier this year, we’ve been amazed at the support you’ve shown for girls around the world like you.  You have really made this a “for girls, by girls” movement.

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World AIDS Day

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Today is World AIDS Day. Did you know that young people between the ages of 15 and 24 make up 40 percent of new HIV infections globally?

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Girl Up Visits the Posey Leadership Forum at Austin College

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I recently had the privilege (and fun!) of speaking at the Posey Leadership Forum at Austin College in Sherman, Texas.

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Violence against Girls, Part 3: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Over the past few weeks, you may have seen some of our blogs on violence against girls. Every day, a woman or girl is a victim of violence. Did you know that violence kills or harms as many women and girls between the ages of 15 and 44 as cancer?

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