GirlsUP Teen Board

Welcome to the 2022-2023 GirlsUP Teen Advisory Board! 

For those new to the Teen Board, we often get asked, so what does the GirlsUP  Teen Board actually do? Here’s our response: 

Our GirlsUP Teen Advisory Board is a chance for your daughter to continue  her GirlsUP journey throughout the remainder of her middle school and high school  years. It’s our way of extending the gift of GirlsUP to her during these formative years  and inspiring her to continue to think creatively, communicate effectively, assess choices  critically and develop and maintain an authentic self-reliance. Through our Teen Board  monthly activities, your daughter will be encouraged to know her own mind and to speak  it; question the often uninspiring messages about girls from society and her peers; think  beyond herself; and continue to reveal her true character through choices, big and small.  

We do this through regular Teen Board meetings (from October through June),  discussions, and opportunities that will challenge your daughter to think, to grow, and to  lead, including running monthly Teen Board meetings, exploring relevant local and global  issues that affect girls, planning ongoing year-round service and team-building events,  being mentors to our younger GirlsUP Girls, and acting as spokespersons to the media.  GirlsUP Teen Board Advisors also work at our GirlsUP summer program sessions.  Throughout this year, we will have approximately nine monthly meetings and at least  three service projects and/or team-building activities all of which will be fully planned and  orchestrated by our Teen Board Advisors. There will be pizza and dessert served at each  of our monthly meetings. The annual fee to participate in the GirlsUP Teen Advisory  Board is $150.00.  

Serving on our GirlsUP Teen Advisory Board also makes your daughter eligible for  selection to the United Nations Teen Board where she can meet and work with  other girls from around the country to empower girls around the world. We are proud to  report that since 2011, fifteen of our GirlsUP Teen Advisors have been privileged to be  selected for this prestigious honor which the United Nations bestows on only some  twenty girls worldwide each year. Their work with the United Nations has included  delivering a petition to the White House to end child marriage, meeting the heroic  Malala Yousafzai; and traveling along with their fellow UN Teen Board Members to cities  all around the country to help orchestrate UN events to raise awareness that will help  improve the lives of their sisters in some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities.  In short, this experience for our GirlsUP Girls has been profound, and we are proud that  our GirlsUP Girls who have had this opportunity with the UN have gone on to substantial  accomplishments at colleges across the country, such as Columbia University, Dartmouth  College, the University of Pennsylvania and as a Morehead-Cain Scholar at UNC/Chapel 

Hill. These GirlsUP Girls credit, in large part, their experiences on our Teen Board and  with the United Nations as key to fueling their accomplishments. 

Our Teen Board is a unique opportunity, as GirlsUP is singular in its commitment  to creating an organization that is truly “of the girls, by the girls, and for the girls.” We  place genuine trust in our Teen Advisors and, correspondingly, expect from them a  mature accountability. 

We hope your girls will join the GirlsUP Teen Advisory Board. Please let us know  if you have any questions at [email protected] 

Sincerely, 

The GirlsUP Teen Board Team