When Adolfo Camarillo High School in California had to cut funding to its Girl Up Club due to budget constraints, that did not stop club president and founder Alexis Kallen.
Instead, she began operating the club from her home and successfully recruited 15 members.
This driven teen started a Youth Advisory Board with her congresswoman so that girls in her club can advocate for issues that they care about. This fall they’ll be tackling the Girls Count Act of 2013, a bill that will help ensure adolescent girls in developing countries are counted and supported.
Alexis, who was just recently selected to serve as a Teen Advisor for the 2013-2014 school year, is an active member of the SoCal Regional Club Coalition, and helped plan a recent Local Learning and Leadership Day, which attracted 80 Girl Up supporters.
Outside of Girl Up, Alexis is the Democratic State Party Chair within the Junior State of America (JSA), the largest student-run organization in the country. She’s teaming up with JSA this fall to host a VivaDressDrive and hopes to collect 100+ dresses to raise funds for Girl Up.
Oh, and did we mention Alexis is only 17 years old? Yea… She rocks.