Mission

Girl Up, with over 2,500 clubs across 100 countries, is a nonprofit under the United Nations Foundation that supports UN programs targeting adolescent girls in developing countries (primarily Uganda, Malawi, Ethiopia, India, and Guatemala) in the areas of education, safety, health, and leadership in order to promote universal gender equality.

For example, some of their initiatives include providing bicycles to girls in rural Guatemala and Malawi for traveling safely to and from school, constructing new schools and classrooms for refugee children in Uganda, and providing educational scholarships and solar lanterns for nighttime studying to girls in Ethiopia.

Weston High School’s Girl Up chapter fundraises and advocates through schoolwide and community events. We meet Thursday mornings, 7:40-8:40 am (W block) in the co-lab (back of library). Typical meetings include event/fundraiser planning, discussion of current events, and advocacy.

Leadership

Club advisor: Silviya Deodas (deodass@weston.org)
Co-presidents: Jackie Liu (21liuj@weston.org) and Mimi Gotbetter (21gotbettera@weston.org)