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Introducing Gina, Girl Up Director

It’s taken me a few weeks to settle in at the UN Foundation, and now it’s finally time to introduce myself to you – I’m Gina, the new Girl Up Campaign Director! From the moment I heard about Girl Up and the amazing things you all are doing to unite for girls around the world, I was hooked and knew this was the job for me. Of course my 4-year-old daughter Dylan had to approve of the choice too, as you’ll see in the video below.

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Youth Speak on Gender Issues at the UN

Last week, I attended the UN Women’s Youth Summit at the UN Headquarters in New York City. Global youth leaders from all over the world discussed their views on gender equality and what they’re doing to help young women. Participants were of different ages, different genders and from many different countries but the message they were all promoting was clear: empower young women.

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Girl Up visits the White House!

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Yesterday was such an exciting day! Some of the Girl Up Teen Advisors and I had an incredible time attending the 100th International Women's Day ceremony at the White House. From meeting First Lady Michelle Obama to supporting our very own Shannon McNamara as she opened the event, this day was unforgettable.

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A Generation of Investment

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According to this week's essay in TIME Magazine by Nancy Gibbs, the hundreds of thousands of young people mobilizing with Girl Up are an "army enlisted in helping girls realize their potential." Whether you are teenage girl (or boy), reading this right now, together, we are a force for change and a generation of investment.

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Girls Count

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Girls count. Did you know that some girls in the developing world spend up to eight hours a day walking back and forth to get clean water for their families? Did you know that 75 percent of the children in the developing world who aren’t able to go to school are girls? Did you know that not every girl in the developing world has a birth certificate when they’re born?

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Education Gives Girls a Chance

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As teenagers living in the United States, our only job is to go to school, do our homework, and keep our grades up. We have time to relax, hang out with friends, and just enjoy being young. However, many girls living in the developing world have their childhoods taken away from them when they are denied the opportunity to receive an education.

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Everyone can be an Ambassador

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What could be better than spending a Saturday working at an event hosted by an organization that you feel passionate about? Nothing. This is exactly how Girl Up’s Teen Advisors got to spend their day on Jan. 15th...

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Best Buy Gives Girl Up a High Five!

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Do you love Girl Up? Online games? Or better yet, both? Then, we need your help to win up to $250,000 from Best Buy!

Best Buy @15 gives teens the chance to stand up for the issues they care about, while having fun online!

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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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25 GirlRaiser Ideas: Part 5

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 last set in a series of five in our GirlRaiser Ideas series so check past ones for more ideas!

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You did it!

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I have some awesome news – thanks to you, in the month of December Girl Up raised enough money to send over 5,000 girls to school in Malawi! This is pretty cool, because first we asked you to help send 1,000 girls to school.

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High Five: Meet Angelica Partida!

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We’re making an exception to High Five Fridays and giving out a High Five Monday, to our newest Teen Advisor, Angelica Partida! Angelica, or Angie, joined the team last week. All the Teen Advisors are looking forward to meeting each other this weekend at our first Teen Advisor Meeting in Washington, DC!

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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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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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