Helping girls to figure out who they are, before the world tells them who they should be.
Upcoming Events


We are honored and excited to announce a new partnership with Dr. Bahar Jalali, a formidable and fearless advocate and activist for the rights of Afghan girls and women. Dr. Jalali is the founder of the first gender studies program in Afghanistan and the leader of an Afghan women’s mentorship program. She is currently a professor of history at Loyola University..

Dr. Jalali made headlines recently for spearheading the global #DoNotTouchMyClothes campaign, a protest against the Taliban-mandated dress code for women in Afghanistan. We are so excited to partner with Dr. Jalali to support Afghan girls and women in their fight for equal rights!


Our Mission

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.”


UN Foundation Partnership

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.


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