11 Days,
11 Different Actions.

From October 1 leading up to International Day of the Girl on October 11, join us and take action so that every girl, everywhere can reach her full potential. Because while we are strong, together we are stronger.

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Action of the Day
Day 4: Get Girls on the Agenda
So the Millennium Development Goals will expire in 2015. Now what?

Day4_GirlDeclarationThe international development community will come up with new goals for post-2015, and you can help ensure girls’ voices and needs are included. The Girl Declaration lays out an action agenda to make girls a priority.

Support the Girl Declaration

Angel Ortiz knows that the safety, health, and education of girls worldwide is not just a girls’ issue – it is global issue that affects everyone. Three years ago, Angel joined the Girl Up club at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, California, and he was one of the first males in the club. Today, he is the first male president of the club, and under his leadership, he has recruited 30 club members, 10 of whom are guys!  “Men have to help as well,” Angel said. “Working together — that’s how we can really make change.”

At 17 years old, Angel is a strong male role model for his peers and a passionate advocate for girls’ rights. This June, he participated in the Girl Up Leadership Summit, where he lobbied on Capitol Hill and met with Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard to discuss the importance of prioritizing adolescent girls in U.S. foreign policy. Brimming with inspiration from this meeting, he secured another meeting in his home district with his member of Congress to discuss the Girls Count Act of 2013, a bill that will help ensure adolescent girls are counted and supported.

While Angel has encouraged boys in his community to stand up for girls, he knows that there’s more work to be done. With the hopes of expanding male representation in Girl Up clubs, Angel co-led a panel on how to mobilize guys for Girl Up at the SoCal Coalition Local Learning and Leadership Day.

We’re so proud to have a stand-up guy like Angel leading a Girl Up club and we can’t wait to see what he’ll do next!


Girl Up Champion

Monique Coleman

You may know Monique Coleman as Taylor McKessie from High School Musical , but her passion for school goes beyond the movie. Her drive to contribute to the power of youth began with her online talk show, Gimme Mo.’  Prior to becoming a Girl Up Champion in 2012, Coleman served as the first-ever United Nations Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth. During her term, she traveled to 24 countries in six months to inspire young people and meet with government officials on behalf of youth. Coleman may have played the smartest girl in school during High School Musical, but we don’t think she was acting!


Wall of Supporters

- Companies That Care -

SunTrust is a leading financial company and focuses on an inclusive environment, economic development, and strengthening communities. A SunTrust branch hosted the 2013 Girl Up Leadership Summit.

- Organizations Doing Great Work -

Girl Effect is a movement that leverages the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty and aims to provide them with resources to better their lives and their communities.

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