GirlsUP is an extraordinary program aimed at fostering in girls ages 10-13 a robust sense of strength, character and spirit. Immersed in a culture that too often values appearance over substance, gratification over responsibility and popularity over character, girls are inundated with messages, media and images which influence who they are and, more importantly, who they think they should want to be. Through an interactive and dynamic series of discussions and activities, the program encourages girls to construct healthy self-images, think creatively, communicate effectively, assess choices critically and develop an authentic self-reliance. GirlsUP provides a unique chance and setting for a girl to develop a true sense of self, find her own voice, and, in the empowering words of Helen Keller, “look the world straight in the eye.”
The UN Foundation has selected GirlsUP as an official partner in its campaign dedicated to helping the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. Through this continuing partnership, GirlsUP Girls will have the opportunity to channel their strong hearts, strong minds and strong spirits into exciting global events aimed at empowering young girls around the world.
GirlsUP Executive Director, Debra Soltis, with High School Musical star Monique Coleman at UN Partnership event.