Girl Up Blog

Your Part in Solving Global Poverty

As Teen Advisor to Girl Up, I'm proud to say that my narrative is that of a girl who believes in the power of other girls and women. I played my part this past week when I lobbied the offices of Pennsylvania Congressmen and Senators.

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VAWA: Witnessing History

Today is a day I will never forget. Today, I witnessed history that affects the lives of women & girls everywhere.

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Overcoming adversity: Girls shape their future in Colombia

The realization that many young girls residing in the city of Cartagena, Colombia have already had a child before even reaching high school is mindblowing.

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Better than a Canopy Bed

When I was little, every time my family shopped at IKEA, I would ask my parents for a canopy bed. I thought canopies where what covered princesses as they slept, a luxury that I deserved, too.

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The Power to Protect

"If we want girls to succeed, they first need access to life." Teen Advisor YingYing guest blogs for the Nothing But Nets campaign on malaria's life-threatening impact on children.

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Rise Up with Girl Up!

I recently attended a sneak peek screening featuring the soon-to-be-released film, Girl Rising. It was inspiring to see girls who truly exhibit Girl Up’s motto, “While we are strong, together we are stronger.”

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Gaming for Good!

Through the Global Good Challenge, people have the chance to compete for amazing prizes, such as a trip to Africa, meeting Lady Gaga, or visiting the set of “The Celebrity Apprentice” by taking action on important issues.

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Racism & Diversity in America

America is a nation of immigrants, the great "melting pot," I thought. Shouldn't Asian-Americans be a vital and indispensable ingredient, whether we are newly immigrated or second generation, whether we speak grammatical or broken English? So why weren't we treated with respect?

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Liberia's Leading Lady Comes to Columbia

Recently, I had the opportunity to see President Sirleaf of Liberia speak at Columbia University (where I am a freshman) as part of our World Leaders Forum.

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One Dinner in December

I recently attended a dinner to raise awareness about Girl Up. I met powerful, inspirational women who are dedicated to helping adolescent girls and closing the gender gap.

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Teen Advisors!

This Thanksgiving, our Teen Adviors share their thoughts on what they’re grateful for!

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Girl Up State of Mind

In our first in-person 2012-2013 Teen Advisor meeting in New York, I had the opportunity to meet 15 wonderful Teen Advisors, be inspired by riveting speakers, and reinvigorate my desire to create global equality for my counterparts.

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What does it take to be a Teen Advisor?

This year, Girl Up selected 16 of the country’s most inspiring young leaders to represent the campaign and live up to its motto of being both “for girls” AND “by girls.” Each class of Teen Advisors not only represents Girl Up, but also the diversity of girls in the United States.

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Alexa: Int'l Day of the Girl at the U.N.

I would have never expected to be in the presence of such amazing global advocates in my entire life, let alone at such an early age!

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Educate a Girl, Change the World

In honor of International Day of the Girl and in anticipation of 10x10 feature film, Girl Rising, advocates from all over the world spoke about their firsthand experiences unleashing the power of girls’ education. 

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Recipe for Success- for Girls Everywhere!

I came into the Pennsylvania Conference for Women not knowing what to expect. I simply wanted to promote Girl Up as a “local leader” for the Young Women’s Program, but I left knowing the steps to success.

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Day 3 at the Clinton Global Initiative

Yesterday the Clinton Global initiative drew to a close after three very long days. I am so exhausted I could probably sleep until the end of the week, but I cannot explain how much it was worth it. The knowledge I have gained in these three days will surely last me a lifetime.

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Day 2 at the Clinton Global Initiative

New York City is “the city that never sleeps,” but these few days have been particularly hectic, in a positive way. Dignitaries and diplomats are filling the city, working to make change.

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Connecting Girls Around the World

Yesterday I had the opportunity to represent Girl Up on a panel called “Connecting Girls Around the World” at the Social Good Summit in New York City.  It was an honor to be on the panel with such powerful and motivated women.

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Day 1 at the Clinton Global Initiative

To say I was nervous for the start of the day is a bit of an understatement. The Clinton Global Initiative? Me? A 17-year-old high schooler? However, as the lights dimmed and the event started, I was reminded of why I was there.

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My Do Something Awards Experience!

Recently I had the awesome opportunity to attend the Do Something Awards, a ceremony honoring the nation’s best, civic-minded youths who are making a difference in the world!

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A Trip to a School in India

On a recent trip to Mumbai, India, I met with 8th and 9th grade students at the India Educational Society Digambar Patkar School. We had a great conversation with the students about our interests, educational experiences, and goals for the future!

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Google Hangout Livestream with GirlForward

We're hosting our first ever Google+ Hangout! Today starting at 12 pm ET we're chatting with our very own Teen Advisors and several adolescent refugee girls with the non-profit GirlForward. Watch the livestream here!

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Why Girls Change the Future

I recently had the amazing opportunity to host an Action Lab at a conference organized by the Women’s Funding Network. I was the only teen girl who participated.

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Thank You Dad: Aditi and Annie

Our fathers play an integral role in shaping our lives, and that is true around the world.

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