Girl Up Goes Midwest: Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska

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Advocacy , Education , Events , UN Holidays

Last month, Girl Up staff members had the opportunity to travel to the U.S. Midwest as part of UNA-USA’s United Nations Day celebration where United Nations Foundation staff members volunteer to present at local chapters about this day. Girl Up Director Melissa Kilby traveled to St. Louis, Missouri; Campaign Manager Julie Willig traveled to Kansas City, Kansas and I traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska. We all came back from this trip with stories to share about the Girl Up Club members we met and want to make sure the entire Girl Up community knows how amazing Club leaders are. Below are some highlights of our trips:

St. Louis/Fenton, MO – Missouri Girl Up Club

Missouri Girl Up Club just started and is the only club in the St. Louis area. Missouri Girl Up Club is led by high-school-freshman Flynn Kehm and had an in-district meeting with U.S. Senator Blunt (R-MO) to advocate for S. 1580 Education for Girls in Vulnerable Settings Act. Way to go!

Kansas City, KS – Notre Dame de Sion Girl Up Club

Next stop, Kansas City, KS! Girl Up Campaign Manager Julie Willig had the chance to visit Teen Advisor Alum Meg Schwartz and her club Notre Dame de Sion Girl Up Club. They held an advocacy meeting to inform their club members about S. 1580 and collected advocacy cards to send to their U.S. Senators. Because Kansas City is between two states, this meeting was important for club members to know how their representatives are in U.S. Congress.

Lincoln, NE – Girl Up Lincoln Public Schools (LPS)

Lastly, I had the chance to visit the first ever Girl Up club in Nebraska! Girl Up LPS is led by Club President and junior at East Lincoln High School, Ina Bhoopalam. The Club officially started this school year and it  boasts over 200 Club members from middle school and high school, has seven committees like technology, advocacy, fundraising, etc. and is spread out in the entire Lincoln Public School system. Truly, a one of a kind Girl Up Club. On United Nations Day, Oct. 24, members of the advocacy committee lobbied for S. 1580 to U.S. Senator Ben Sasse’s (R-NE) district office and made the case for how Nebraska is a leading state in welcoming refugees. Club members also lobbied for the U.S. to contribute to the UN’s budget.

Where will Girl Up Staff go next? This month we’re off to London, England and Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico for our first ever regional summits there!