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Girl Up—a youth leadership movement founded by the United Nations Foundation—has announced the next class of teenage leaders that will work alongside the organization to advance global gender equality.
The most international cohort of TEEN ADVISORS to date, this year’s class represents 14 countries worldwide: Angola, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Taiwan–Province of China, United Kingdom, and the United States.
From racial equity and climate action to girls’ education and mental health, these 25 high school students are passionate about a diverse range of social justice issues. Through coursework on GIRL UP ACADEMY—Girl Up’s new virtual learning platform—and innovative independent projects, Teen Advisors will gain the knowledge, support, and resources to become lifelong changemakers for the causes they care about. After serving with Girl Up for one academic year, these youth changemakers will continue to lead efforts that create a tangible positive impact in their communities around the world.
“Joining the Girl Up Teen Advisor team means I have been given an opportunity, a platform, and a support system of empowered young women like myself to make a difference,” 2022-2023 Girl Up Teen Advisor Co-Chair Rene Essel said.
United under the common goal of advancing the skills, rights, and opportunities for girls to become leaders, Teen Advisors represent Girl Up’s growing global community and advocacy efforts. From programming to partnerships, these young activists provide crucial feedback that helps Girl Up continue its mission to create a generation of girls who drive sustainable social change.
The 2022-2023 class of the Teen Advisory Board includes:
- Alexandra Gliwinski, Ga.*
- Alice Paredes, Peru
- Ammielle Wambo Becker, Canada
- Ana Beatriz Lopes de Souza, Brazil
- Ananya Bhatia, La.
- Burke Jarrett, Md.
- Dhira Dharmakusuma, Indonesia
- Isabel Liu, Taiwan—Province of China
- Jubi Oladipo, Mass.
- Juliette Hulsizer, Ill.
- Katie McCabe, Md.
- Laura Gomezjurado, Colombia
- Liliana Talino, Angola
- Lilianne Asokwah, Texas
- María José Pérez Aguirre, Mexico
- Natalia Perez Morales, Calif.
- Nishita Sujan, United Kingdom
- Nora Mitchell, Fla.
- Raina Batra, N.J.
- Rene Essel, Ghana*
- Sarah Kapesa, Madagascar
- Sarah Ouardaoui, Morocco
- Saundarya Nair, India
- Sriya Chippalthurty, Texas*
- Varija Mehta, N.J.
You can read more about each of our current Teen Advisors HERE!
*Denotes Teen Advisor Co-Chair. Each Teen Advisory board includes advisors from the previous class to serve as Co-Chairs.