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.

Who are Girl Up Teen Advisors?

The Teen Advisor program is where Girl Up truly lives out its “by girls, for girls” mission. Composed of a widely diverse group of teenage girls, Teen Advisors are passionate change-makers who together spread and fuel Girl Up’s work. As Teen Advisors, they are central to all Girl Up decision-making including advocacy, fundraising and communications strategy. To support the Teen Advisors in this task, Girl Up provides skills-based trainings, professional development opportunities, hands-on learning, and most significantly, personal relationships with the staff.

Throughout seven classes, 117 Teen Advisors have collectively raised nearly $500,000, completed more than 7,000 hours of service, hosted hundreds of events in their communities around the world and performed nearly 500 advocacy actions – including in-district meetings and countless letters and calls to congress.

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 girls from the first round and invites them to complete the full second 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 17: First Round Applications open.
  • February 13: First Round closes.
  • March 6: Applicants notified of Girl Up’s First Round decision. Those selected will receive Second Round application.
  • March 24: Second Round closes.
  • April 17: Teen Advisors selected and notified of final decision.
  • June 1: New class of Teen Advisors begin tenure.

Application Requirements:

**Applications are open to self-identified girls from the U.S and outside the U.S.

  • Must be entering the U.S. equivalent of 9th-12th grades
  • Display a sense of maturity, cultural-sensitivity, and openness to learning about different cultures
  • Be committed to the empowerment of girls and women
  • Possess strong leadership skills and have proven desire to become a globally-minded citizen through meaningful discussion, learning and action in their community and school
  • Have knowledge of and passion for Girl Up’s mission and vision for adolescent girls around the world
  • Be able to complete all Teen Advisor responsibilities as outlined below

Teen Advisor Responsibilities

  • Attend and actively participate in and prepare for monthly calls/webinars (scheduled for the second Sunday of every month)
  • Attend two mandatory in-person meetings — one preceding the annual Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. (mid-July), the other in the winter of the following year (usually MLK or President’s Day Weekend) in a TBD U.S. location
  • Start and/or lead a Girl Up Club in your school or surrounding community
  • Regularly contribute to the Girl Up Community, an online hub for Girl Up Clubs and Campuses
  • Represent Girl Up in the media and at events in their communities

Teen Advisor Opportunities

  • Access to United Nations speakers, agencies and initiatives
  • Access and financial support to attend speaking and blogging opportunities for special events and conferences like the Social Good Summit and International Day of the Girl
  • Intensive skills-based trainings, professional development opportunities, hands-on learning
  • An insider’s view into Girl Up through constant communication with staff, and most significantly, personal relationships
  • Decision-making power in the work of the campaign

“If I learned one thing serving as a Girl Up Teen Advisor, it’s that girls are powerful alone, but unstoppable together. I have found a family and sisterhood in this community of strong, intelligent, and ambitious women, and I am motivated every day by them to speak louder, stand taller, and lead better. ” – Amy Gong Liu, Class of 2014-2015


** Girl Up is committed to seeking and maintaining a culturally diverse and inclusive Teen Advisor class. Applicants who represent underrepresented backgrounds in regards to race/ethnicity, nationality, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, religion etc., are especially encouraged to apply.