Grant awarded to UN Foundation’s Girl Up
The UN Foundation has been awarded a $25,000 grant to support their Girl Up program.
Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent campaign, supports the empowerment of girls
everywhere. Since 2010, the campaign has funded UN programs that promote the health, safety, education,
and leadership of girls in developing countries and built a community of more than six hundred thousand
passionate advocates. The 25,000 youth leaders, representing more than 1700 Girl Up clubs in 90 countries,
stand up, speak up, and rise up to support the hardest to reach girls living in places where it is the hardest to
be a girl.
At the heart and soul of Girl Up, the Teen Advisory Board ensures that the Girl Up campaign stays authentic
to its voice and “by girl, for girls” mission. Made up of 21 girls, the 2017-2018 class of Teen Advisors helps
lead advocacy, provide feedback on campaign materials, and energize and inspire others to take action in
support of United Nations programs so that adolescent girls in developing countries can reach their full
potential. Composed of a widely diverse group of teenage girls, the Teen Advisors are passionate changemakers
who together spread and fuel Girl Up’s work.
This unique leadership development program separates our organization from other organizations that work
on girl’s empowerment. Teen Advisors are central to all Girl Up decision-making including advocacy
fundraising and communication strategies. This grant will allow us to continue to select Teen Advisors from
a diverse background and solely based on their individual qualifications. By supporting their travel to our
trainings and the staff members who support them, coach them and provide daily interaction, these leaders
will continue to lead the movement and build their skills as they go on to college and their future careers.
The leadership skills that Teen Advisors develop will help them change the world today and well into the
future. 21 girls will benefit from this grant during their tenure from July 2017-June 2018. The funds will be
used in the United States. A grant from the Kathryn McQuade Foundation will help support the Girl Up Teen
Advisory Board to continue to strive to make sustainable improvement in girls’ rights, education, and welfare
in places where it is hardest to be a girl.