There are more than 500 million adolescent girls living in developing countries today. These girls are bright, talented and full of dreams, but are often unable to reach their full potential. Many of them struggle for the opportunity to go to school, see a doctor or be included in their communities. This has serious consequences including: low levels of enrollment in school, high levels of child marriage and way too many girls facing health risks from pregnancy and early child birth.
Girl Up believes that American girls are a part of the solution. We know that girls give, girls talk, and girls get involved. This generation of girls cares about global issues and is concerned about the challenges facing other girls around the world. Girl Up empowers American girls to lead the charge against the greatest obstacles girls in the developing world face, raising awareness and funds to support sustainable comprehensive solutions.
Over the next year, we hope to grow our Girl Up Club presence across the country, from 150 to 250, while continuing to provide the same resources to all of our volunteers. We will also train and empower our Teen Advisory Board of 14 teens across the country to drive change in their own communities and as a voice for the campaign on the national stage. Girl Up is the leading grassroots advocate for girls worldwide, and we believe that our girls have the power to change the world.