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Clinton Global Initiative: Day One

Although my first day at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative started in the evening, I was able to absorb more information, create more opportunities, and engage in more conversations than I ever thought was possible in only a few hours.

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Social Good Summit, Day One: My Experience as a Teen Reporter

Did you know there are over 1.8 billion youth in the world today, with over 90% living in developing countries? Couple that fact with the 5 billion phones in the world (1 billion of which are smart phones), and you’ve got a powerful opportunity to harness technology to end poverty.

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Girl Up and Caterpillar Ready to Build Roads to Progress

There’s a new company helping us to “pave the way” to better futures for girls in Liberia and around the world. And we want everyone to know about it.

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Fab Female Friday: Tiffany Taylor

Cheers to Tiffany Taylor, the new Youth Observer at the United Nations. This month, Tiffany will get the opportunity of a lifetime – to be part of the United Nations General Assembly and report on her experiences.

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Take Action Tuesday: Write for a Chance to Meet Malala!

What has Malala done to inspire you? That’s a big question with an awesome opportunity attached. And CNN wants to know.

 

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Take Action Tuesday: Explore the New UN Online Platform for Youth

Changing the world isn’t easy. But it is doable. We at Girl Up know that as youth, you have it in you to make a difference in this world, whether it is big or small. And when you unite as youth, there is no limit to your potential.

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The start of a sisterhood: A letter to the incoming class of Teen Advisors

I remember the day I found out I would be a Girl Up Teen Advisor for the 2012-2013 school year. It was August 2, 2012, and I danced around my room to “Unwritten” by Natasha Beddingfield for almost an hour. I had been involved in Girl Up before on a school level, but I had the feeling that joining the leadership team of this UN Foundation campaign would change my life. 

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Fab Female Friday: Sheryl WuDunn

Sheryl WuDunn is a real game-changer, in more ways than one.

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Take Action Tuesday: Participate in International Day of Charity!

Helping those affected by poverty is not only an act of kindness but also key to changing the world for the better. You can do that any day of the year, but this week, there is a special day devoted to promoting charitable acts.

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Fab Female Friday: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Another fab female has joined the United Nations leadership team. Meet Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

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Take Action Tuesday: Lace Up for Girl Up!

Whether you are walking to your bus stop or clocking miles to prepare for a cross country meet, you are bound to be on the move at some point today. And a cool smart phone app can help you transform your movement into action for girls around the world who haven’t had the opportunity to receive an education.

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Where Will She Be on Sept. 1?

If you ask a girl in Liberia what her first day of school is like, she may not have an answer. There’s a good chance she’s never even been to school.  Many families in Liberia cannot afford the uniforms and supplies they need to send girls to school.

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Thank a UN Peacekeeper!

A peaceful world is something we all want. A world without violence. A world without fear. A world without fighting. There are brave men and women working toward world peace each and every day – these are UN Peacekeepers.

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Fab Female Friday: Samantha Power

There is a new United Nations Ambassador in power. For real.

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Disney's Planes Premiere: On the Red Carpet with Priyanka Chopra

True life: I’ve walked the red carpet at a film premiere in Hollywood! Being involved with Girl Up has given me so many amazing opportunities, but I could have never imagined that hanging with the stars would be one of them.

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Take Action Tuesday: Apply to Become the Next U.S. Youth Observer at the UN

 Are you the next U.S. Youth Observer at the UN? If you dream of having a chair at the UN General Assembly, this could be your chance.

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Chicago Teen Takes Action for Girls Worldwide

For youth like Martha Zuniga, realizing that making a difference in the world could happen in simple but meaningful ways has been a game-changer.

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Take Action Tuesday: Donate a Photo

For every photo you donate using Johnson & Johnson’s free Donate a Photo app, Johnson & Johnson gives $1 to Girl Up. That $1 helps fund basic reading, writing, and math classes and helps monitor the student’s progress so she can transition to formal schooling.

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Take Action Tuesday: Join a Dialogue on UN Youth Initiatives

Who says youth can’t have a say in important global issues? On August 5, in celebration of International Youth Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host a global interactive dialogue on UN youth initiatives at UN headquarters.

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Fab Female Friday: Lisa Ling

Wonder what it’s like to explore nearly every corner of the world for your job? Just ask Lisa Ling.

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Take Action Tuesday: Watch “Every Woman Every Child +SocialGood” Livestream

What do you get when you combine women, children, global health, and new media? An awesome event that hopes to change the world - and that’s no joke. 

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Fab Female Friday: Maria Eitel

As founding President and CEO of the Nike Foundation, the organization behind The Girl Effect, Eitel understands the need to focus attention on the girls of the world.

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Malala Yousafzai: The Bravest Girl I Know

Passionate. Powerful. Inspiring. These were the words that came to mind when I first heard about Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai.

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Malala Day: 21st Century Diplomats

When we envision a birthday, our minds fill with memories of candle-embellished cakes, familiar faces, and lovely gifts. But July 12, the day Malala Yousafzai turned 16 years old, gave me a different perspective.

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Take Action Tuesday: Celebrate Mandela Day

July 18 is Nelson Mandela International Day, a day to honor the leader who contributed 67 years of his life fighting for human rights. This Mandela Day, follow Mandela's example of service to humanity by taking action in your community.

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