10 Times Girl Up Clubs Were Awesome (and Changed the World) in 2016

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Advocacy , Leadership , Supporters in Action

This past year, Girl Up clubs all around the world have done some truly remarkable things. They have fiercely and passionately stood behind Girl Up’s “for girls, by girls” motto by cultivating community and leadership within their own clubs in order to create change for the world’s hardest-t0-reach girls. Here are just ten awesome examples of their incredible work.

1. They contacted their members of congress!

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Marriotts Ridge Girl Up in front of the Capitol!

Knowing the importance of advocating lawmakers, many Girl Up Clubs make advocacy work a priority during their club school year. Letters, phone calls, tweets, in-person meetings – you name it! – Girl Up girls do what they need to get stuff done! The MRHS Girl Up Club (pictured above) sent 5 club members to Capitol Hill to meet with the Maryland Legislative Aide to advocate for Girl Up’s Education for Vulnerable Girls Act.

2. They held delicious food fundraisers

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Girl Up Girls definitely appreciate the value of some good food. Taipei American Girl Up had a SAMOSA (#dying #plzshare) fundraiser! This awesome club said of their inspiration for the fundraiser, “This year, we want to incorporate all of the six focus countries into our events. This is why at our first sale we decided to sell samosas, as a tribute to Girl Up’s work in India.” How cool is that?!

3. They danced💃🏻 to fundraise

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A few members from the Bowling Green Girl Up Club

There are those who like to dance… and then there are those who like to dance for change! Girl Up Bowling Green held a Dance-A-Thon (seriously how fun does that sound?!) and raised over $800 to support Girl Up initiatives in the process.

4. They curated art on the side like NBD

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Girl Up Houston has done some pretty incredible things this past year, such as meeting with congressman, hosting a wildly successful benefit concert, and having an unbelievable art competition fundraiser! The club said their goals for their art fundraiser were, “…to raise enough money to support 10 adolescent girls, promote awareness in a community that usually would not know of inequalities girls face, and encourage young artists to pursue their passion.” The event ultimately received 56 submissions and raised close to $1,000! View the beautiful website the club set up for their art fundraiser here.

5. They involved their school communities to support Girl Up

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Rachel Auslander – of the Pine Crest Girl Up Club – speaking to her school on IDG.

Pine Crest Girl Up Club held an entire half-day event at their school on International Day of the Girl this past Fall. Club Leader and Teen Advisor, Rachel Auslander, reported the following, “Our school’s entire half day was dedicated to Day of the Girl activities (2 assemblies, a screening of an excerpt of He Named Me Malala, and a workshop).”

→ Also this past October, the BCCS Girl Up Club organized a school-wide event focused on topics pertaining to gender stereotypes. This incredible club is only a year old and has already raised more than $1,600 and acquired many new members (equal to 10% of their school population!).

6. They held movie screenings to raise awareness for girls’ empowerment

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Carmen from the Andover Girl Up Club ‘woman-ing’ the popcorn station before their screening.

This past year, many Girl Up Clubs had movie screenings to raise awareness in their surrounding communities. The most popular film screened was He Named Me Malala, other popular choices included Girl Rising and What Tomorrow Brings. Of course being the action-minded girls that they are: most Girl Up clubs also held discussions following the screenings on topics of girls empowerment, education, rights, safety, and more.

7. They held their own leadership summits!

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Members of clubs in the Southern California Coalition organized what turned out to be an immensely successful event. There were 205 attendees who raised a total of $3,146! Over the course of the day, attendees heard from speakers, attended workshops, gained leadership-building tools, and connected with one another. Talk about girls getting stuff done!

8. They threw a Willy Wonka-themed fundraisers. Seriously (#ideagoals #goalsingeneral).

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So even though there was no Charlie, and no chocolate factory, the ladies of the North Penn Girl Up Club got pretty darn close to recreating an authentic Willy Wonka experience. One of the bars even had a golden ticket hidden inside! How fun is that?!! Of course the girls had to Girl Up-ify the bars by making sure that their schoolmates read facts about women’s rights (wrapped around each bar, pictured above right!) before sinking their teeth into the delicious bars.

9. They celebrated their #GirlHero(es)

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FTHS MISSion Girl Up set up a booth at the JSA One Day Activism Fair at Princeton University. They had people who stopped by the booth write their #GirlHero(es) on a postcard before posing for a photo.

10. They combined advocacy & fundraising with fashion

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The LILA Girl Up Club collaborated with designers from the label Calvin Ruckers. The girls advocated at a sample sale about Girl Up and the global goal #5 (gender equality). They had a booth set up in the store where they featured a handmade poster with pictures and quick facts about Girl Up’s focus countries and impact. Not only did the girls raise awareness, they also raised over $500 from the event! The girls even got to have a little fashion show ;), view their pics here.

To all the wonderful people who supported the Girl Up campaign this past year – club members, leaders, parents, teachers, etc. – thank you for an incredible 2016. We’re continually inspired by all of our intelligent, powerful, and compassionate supporters. Here’s to another year full of Girl Up girls changing the world!