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.
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.
Sheryl WuDunn is a real game-changer, in more ways than one.
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.
Another fab female has joined the United Nations leadership team. Meet Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
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.
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.
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.
There is a new United Nations Ambassador in power. For real.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wonder what it’s like to explore nearly every corner of the world for your job? Just ask Lisa Ling.
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.
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.
Passionate. Powerful. Inspiring. These were the words that came to mind when I first heard about Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai.
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.
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.
For millions of girls around the world without internet access, smartphones, or electricity, accessing information is not so easy. I didn’t understand the implications until I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Honduras.
What would you say to girls’ education hero Malala Yousafzai? How about “happy birthday”? This Friday is Malala's 16th birthday.
Yesterday morning I had one of the coolest experiences of my life: I hung out with First Lady Michelle Obama. Ok, it was through a Google hangout, but still! I got to sit next to Girl Up Champion Victoria Justice and was also joined by Breakthrough Houston at St. John’s School in Houston, TX.
Over the past week, I have had the privilege of meeting the 21 incredible girls who are the delegates to this year’s G(irls)20 Summit in Russia. Director Melissa Hillebrenner and I got to attend the summit hosted at Google’s Moscow headquarters and take part in all of the workshops with the delegates.
If you thought teenage girlhood was full of nail polish, boys, and cattiness, think again. The only “boy talk” at the Girl Up Leadership Summit was a conversation on how to get the boys in their respective schools involved in solving global issues that face young women worldwide.