Celebrity and Youth Activist Monique Coleman Joins UN Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign

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"High School Musical" Star to be a Champion for Adolescent Girls Worldwide

Together, we have to empower, inspire and support one another through our diverse challenges - both here in the U.S. and around the world. If not now, then when? If not us, then who?

The United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign announced today that actress and singer Monique Coleman will join the campaign as its newest Girl Up Champion. In this role, Coleman will help inspire American teens to take action to empower girls in developing countries.

"Teen girls, no matter where they live, deserve to have their voices heard. By working with Girl Up, I can amplify their concerns and give them a platform to make a difference," said Coleman. "I know that there are plenty of girls in the United States who are just like me, ready to stand up for the rights of girls in developing countries. Together, we have to empower, inspire and support one another through our diverse challenges - both here in the U.S. and around the world. If not now, then when? If not us, then who?"

Coleman is known for her character Taylor McKessie in the High School Musical movies, and was the 4th place contestant on Season 3 of ABC's hit show, Dancing with the Stars. She has also launched an online talk show, GimmeMo, to empower youth.

On November 16, 2010 Coleman was named the United Nations Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth. She then embarked on a self-initiated six-month global tour to empower and inspire young people, meet with government officials on behalf of youth, and volunteer.

As a Girl Up Champion, Coleman will be a key spokesperson to help raise awareness about the United Nations Foundation, the Girl Up campaign and the need to invest in adolescent girls in developing countries. There will also be opportunities for the Girl Up campaign to collaborate with the online talk show, GimmeMo.

“We are thrilled to have Monique officially join us as a Champion for Girl Up. She has been an avid supporter of the campaign for more than a year and will continue to make a tremendous contribution in her new role,” said Gina Reiss-Wilchins, Director of Girl Up. “We began this effort for the millions of adolescent girls around the world, but it is only through the energy and involvement of young leaders like Monique that we are able to create real change for girls.”

Girl Up, a "for girls, by girls" campaign, mobilizes the energy and compassion of American girls to help raise funds and awareness for UN programs that provide girls in developing countries with basic needs like access to school supplies, life-saving health services, safety from violence and more.

For more information and photos of Monique Coleman, please visit GirlUp.org/Monique.

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About Girl Up
Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, gives American girls ages 13-18 the opportunity to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. Through Girl Up’s support, girls have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders. Go to http://GirlUp.org to learn more.

About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.

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