Teen Advisors

Here at Girl Up, the Teen Advisors run our campaign. They ensure that Girl Up succeeds in its mission: to support the empowerment of girls, BY girls. Teen Advisors help carry out advocacy goals, provide feedback on campaign materials and energize others to take action.

Application Process:

Every January, Girl Up opens the first round of applications to teen girls who are ready and excited to change the world. Girl Up selects a small number of girls from the first round and invites them to complete the full 2nd round application. Girl Up reviews those applications and notifies the new class of Teen Advisors in mid-April. Teen Advisors serve for one year beginning June 1.


  • January 19, 2016: First Round Applications open.
  • February 19: First Round closes at 11:59 PM EST.
  • Early March: Applicants notified of Girl Up’s First Round decision. Those selected will receive Second Round application.
  • Mid-March: Second Round closes 11:59 PM EST.
  • Mid-April: Teen Advisors selected and notified of final decision.

Teen Advisor Opportunities

  • Monthly calls featuring behind-the-scenes campaign highlights, guest speakers and discussion of global issues
  • Two mandatory in-person meetings — one being the annual Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. (July 10-13, 2016), the other in a selected city such as New York, Los Angeles or Chicago for workshops, mentoring and professional development opportunities
  • Access to United Nations speakers, agencies and initiatives
  • Speaking and blogging opportunities for events and conferences like the Social Good Summit and International Day of the Girl

Applicants Must:

  • Be between the ages of 13 and 18 years old, entering the U.S. equivalent of 7th-12th grades
  • Possess leadership skills
  • Be committed to girls’ and women’s empowerment
  • Have knowledge of and passion for Girl Up’s mission and vision for adolescent girls around the world
  • Have a desire to become a leading global citizen
  • Be willing to devote at least 5-10 hours every month to Girl Up
  • Applications are open to teen girls from the U.S and outside the U.S.

“Applying to become a Teen Advisor was the single best decision of my life. The position helped me tie together my interests in women’s rights and finance….and I now am considering international relations as a potential major. The community of girls has served a large role in my life, both for friends and also future connections.” – Carly, Class of 2013-2014