Since I was four years old, it has been my mother and me against the world. So, my mother is my biggest role model and the most influential person in my life.
My mother's belly was rapidly expanding. “Is it a boy?” many would ask. My mother would reply, “No, it's a girl.” She recalls the look on the faces of my aunts – total concern.
Mother’s Day is a day when the whole world stops to commemorate and thank women in their lives who have raised their daughters and made them the people they are.
I hosted my Girl Scout Gold Award at my local Boys and Girls Club and promoting Girl Up was one of my main priorities! I taught three global awareness workshops for a group of 25 girls, educating them on major global issues.
In this March blog series about phenomenal women, we have seen great examples of game-changers – women who have made positive changes in our world. We admire these women because they encourage us that girls do, in fact, run the world. And they run it well.
There aren’t a lot of famous funny women. Throughout history, comedy has been a field dominated by men. In 2010, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was awarded to Tina Fey, and rightly so. I admire Ms. Fey for a multitude of reasons, perhaps the most prominent being that in a world where looks are everything, she has garnered praise and success based on her intellect and comedic genius.
What do High School Musical, a private wealth advisor, and “philanthro-teens” have in common? The first ever Girl Up Leadership Summit! Celebrities, female leaders, and more than 100 fabulous young women from across the country came together last weekend to learn about their peers in developing countries and gain the tools necessary to support them.
Our first ever Leadership Summit was a huge success! The event brought 100 girls from across the country and connected them to women at the top of their game in finance, politics, and entertainment. All 15 of our Teen Advisors came to DC to show their peers on how to spread the Girl Up message and were treated to a tour of the nation’s capital.
Imagine that after a bloody and violent war that spanned more than 20 years, a powerful leader rose up to deliver the country from its impoverished and fragile state. This leader, a native of the country, pledged to make it better for all citizens. Now stop for a second.
I am a proud ‘90s kid. My youth was not consumed with computer games and my interactions with others did not occur over Facebook or Twitter. Although I’m 18 years old (still young in the scope of things) social media is even younger.
I had a fantastic time with the Girl Up and Nothing But Nets campaigns at the NBA All-Star Jam Session! The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando was crowded with excited NBA and WNBA fans.
A presentation at school does not have to take months of planning or even be stressful. All you need is a supportive teacher, a few friends and the drive to help a girl who does not have many opportunities.
Hi! I am Omar Terrones, a member of the Girl Up club at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, CA with Teen Advisor Rocio Ortega. I was one of the first few people, as well as the first and only boy to join the club back in its inception.
Marlborough's Girl Up Club hosted its very first fundraiser event Sunday, February 5. It's fair to say that it was a success on all accounts!
Picture this: your name is Fatuma, and you are a fourteen year old girl living in Todee, Liberia. Your brother is allowed to go to school and you aren’t, even though you desperately want to go to university and become a doctor. While American girls like me have the same dreams as Fatuma does, she simply does not have the resources to pursue her goals.
A few months ago, I started to think about what it meant to turn 18 years old. I couldn’t believe that I would be an adult! I thought about all my dreams, friends, family, and successes that I’ve had in my life. I can happily say that I have fulfilled almost all of my childhood dreams (except a few, including becoming a Disney princess). I also thought about all my aspirations for the future: to go to college, to get a job, to fall in love, and to have a family.
Last week, I held the event that I had been dreaming about since I first applied to become a Teen Advisor. My friends entered the room bursting with excitement. First, they bought raffle tickets then wrote encouraging letters to girls in Malawi, Ethiopia, Liberia and Guatemala. They had the opportunity to meet and take a picture with our celebrity host, “Glee” cast member Max Adler.
It was about 8:15 in the morning and New York City and its residents seemed to adjust groggily to the fact a new day had begun. Coffee in hand, I walked past a structure that stands so proudly over New York’s East River.
I attended a breakfast on behalf of Girl Up at the United Nations to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The breakfast room was filled with supporters for elimination of violence against women, and the excitement to celebrate the four winners of the Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence Against Women t-shirt design contest was everywhere.
On December 6, I had the amazing opportunity to speak at a Girl Up reception in Atlanta! A special thanks to the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and the Atlanta Girls’ School for hosting us.
San Francisco prides herself on many things: the crooked streets, the Golden Gate Bridge, authentic Chinatown, rich galleries, organic food, colorful people, and now, an outstanding Unite for Girls Tour!
What do Girl Up champion Victoria Justice, Nick Cannon and Mary J. Blige have in common? On Wednesday, October 26, along with celebrities like Serena Williams and guitarist Slash, they honored four outstanding teens who have truly demonstrated the will of community service at the 2011 Teen Nick Halo Awards at the Los Angeles Palladium in Hollywood.
We are excited to officially announce the second class of Girl Up Teen Advisors! This year we received more than 200 nominations from across the country.
You can support girls in Guatemala, Liberia, Ethiopia and Malawi by bringing together a group of passionate, dedicated girls who are ready to make a difference! That is what I did when six friends and I became the founding members of the Laurel School for Girls (LS4G) Girl Up Club!