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.
Today is a day I will never forget. Today, I witnessed history that affects the lives of women & girls everywhere.
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.
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.
"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.
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.”
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.
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?
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.
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.
This Thanksgiving, our Teen Adviors share their thoughts on what they’re grateful for!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.