A Recipe for Change

By Lauren Castner, Alumna Editorial Assistant

Photos courtesy of She’s the First and Lindsay Brown

Did you ever think a cupcake could change a girl’s life?  Well, it can!  She’s the First, founded by Tammy Tibbetts and Christen Brandt in 2009, is a non-profit that raises money to help girls in developing countries become the first in their family to graduate from high school.  This fall She’s the First is hosting bake sales across the country to help raise funds to send more girls to school!

So why cupcakes?  Lindsay Brown, a college student from Notre Dame, took a trip to Nepal after selling baked goods from her dorm room to help support the Kopila Valley Children’s Home & School.  What was she selling?  The now famous tie-dye cupcake!  To read more about what inspired Lindsay and her trip to Nepal, click here.

She’s the First is in regular contact with many of the girls they sponsor – girls even blog for She’s the First and answer your questions.  One student, Jancy from India, just judged a T-Shirt Design Contest with Annie Wang, one of the founders of Her Campus!  The winning design is going to be on t-shirts sold this fall to raise more money for students like Jancy.

Are you interested in putting your baking skills to use for She’s the First?  You can help them reach their goal to have 200 bake sales across the country, with one in every state!  Teens in Alaska and Hawaii have already committed to join in the bake off, but many other states could still use representatives. (Click here to see the Bake Off map).

You can host a bake sale at your school! If you have any questions, check out this guide to hosting a great bake sale, or email Lauren Castner at laurencastner@shesthefirst.org!

Read She’s the First…Executive Director to learn more about this organization and find out why their executive director, Christen Brandt, is a Teen Voices Leading Lady!  

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One response to “A Recipe for Change

  1. What caught my attention about this article is the cup cake. I wanted to know what the cup cake has to do with “A recipe for change”. But now I understand. But i was wondering how did you come up for this? Did you just decided to bake for the those girls who didn’t graduate from high school, so their allow to. So there a part in this article that says if you want to help you can have a bake sale. Does this mean that it has to be a bake sale? And once you have the money from the sale how do u send it in for the girls? Do you email the group program and just send it in to them?

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