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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!  

GirlUp Connects Teens Around the World

By editorial intern Laura Paquette

As part of a typical day this summer, you might start working on your summer reading, get your yearly check-up, or help out at a summer camp. These activities may not sound particularly special, (in fact, some of them are major chores) but millions of girls in developing countries don’t have the opportunity to experience them. That’s why the United Nations Foundation created GirlUp, a program that supports teen and adolescent girls in developing countries in the areas of education, health care, safety, leadership — and simply being counted! (In Ethiopia, for example, only 7 percent of girls are registered at birth. GirlUp tries to get them identification cards so they can be counted as part of the population.) One girl featured on the GirlUp website ran away from home at the age of 14 to avoid an arranged marriage. Now, with the help of a GirlUp-sponsored school, she’s receiving health care and education to help her achieve her dream of becoming an engineer.

What’s unique about GirlUp, though, is that it encourages teenage American girls to work for change. According to a June article in The Huffington Post, “Girl Up rallies American girls to step up and become the next generation of impact philanthropist and empowerment activists.” Not only can girls learn more about problems girls their age face in other parts of the world, they can get involved by making a donation, using Facebook or Twitter to raise awareness, or by reading the Girlafesto, an empowerment poem which ends, “You see a girl. We see the future.” By giving American teens a voice and a way to make a difference, GirlUp allows them to connect with girls across the globe for a better life. To learn more, check out GirlUp.org.