United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign Announces New Teen Advisory Board

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Fourteen Girls Selected Through Competitive Process to Serve as Teen Advisors to the Campaign for 2012-2013

The next generation of American girls is changing our world.

Today the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign announced its third class of Teen Advisors to advise the campaign. The announcement comes at the end of an extensive, competitive process. Of the more than 200 nominations received from across the United States, the campaign selected 14 girls from diverse geographic, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, but who all share the common goal of improving the lives of girls around the world.

“The next generation of American girls is changing our world,” said YingYing Shang, Girl Up Teen Advisor (2012-2013). “No one should be able to tell us we can't do something because we're young and we're girls, whether it's in the United States or Ethiopia. Working with Girl Up I can help girls everywhere reach their full potential. ”

Girl Up prepares American girls to become global leaders through online engagement, community mobilization, and trainings in advocacy, fundraising, public speaking, and leadership. These young leaders, called “philanthro-teens,” are motivated by their strong sense of purpose and social responsibility. Since its founding, the campaign has galvanized more than 250,000 young constituents.

“We believe in a ‘for girls, by girls’ approach that encourages American girls to become forces of global change, and the results have been incredible,” said Gina Reiss-Wilchins, Director of Girl Up. “We have heard from thousands of girls who are smart, passionate, and eager to make the lives of all girls better and who want to change the world – and from what we’ve seen of the actions they’ve taken and the people they’re reaching, we know they can.”

Foremost among these teens are the Teen Advisors, a group of 14 young women who are nominated and selected on an annual basis from across the country to serve for an academic year as advisors to the campaign. Girl Up’s Teen Advisors contribute directly to the campaign’s strategy and spearhead efforts to mobilize girls in their own communities. When Teen Advisors graduate from the program they continue to lead efforts that drive global change.

The new class of Teen Advisors includes:

  •     Alexa Brewster – Wyckoff, N.J.
  •     Angelique Gaston – Washington, D.C. (Co-Chair)
  •     Annie Gersh – Beverly Hills, Calif. (Co-Chair)
  •     Archana Somasegar – Medina, Wash.
  •     Delia Friel – Chevy Chase, Md.
  •     Ines Renique – Weehawken, N.J.
  •     Martha Zuniga – Chicago, Ill.
  •     Meghan Murray – Chevy Chase, Md.
  •     Munira Khalif – Fridley, Minn.
  •     Natasha Madorsky – Cleveland Heights, Ohio
  •     Riya Singh – San Mateo, Calif.
  •     Sarah Gale – Boca Raton, Fl.
  •     Sofia Stafford – New York, N.Y.
  •     Sricharana Muppidi – Pleasanton, Calif.
  •     Tanya Devani – Hoover, Ala.
  •     YingYing Shang – Paoli, Penn.

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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 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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