Summit encourages girls to be leaders – take action, maximize moments
By SGZ Staff
Wednesday, about 120 girls from across the US found themselves on the steps of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., testing their lobbying skills as the last event of the second annual Girl Up 2013 Leadership Summit which kicked off Monday.
But prior to their trip to Capitol Hill, these girls were surrounded by guest speakers, Girl Up representatives and teen advisors who spoke of leadership, being present in the moment and maximizing their opportunities, and participated in a slew of workshops focused around central topics – communications, taking action, Girl Up clubs and career development.
One workshop in particular that girls found interesting, according to Socialgrlz CEO Marissa Jennings who was on site for the three-day summit, was How to use Social Media for Social GOOD with Didi Bethurum, Director of Digital Strategy. Girls, like 11th graders Kennedy Taylor and Danielle Lyle, said they attended this workshop because social media is a big part of their lives and they can use social media to advocate on behalf of things they are interested in.
Girl Up is a campaign of the United Nations Foundation aimed at giving adolescent girls an avenue to help raise awareness and funding for programs that help others like them
Throughout the three-day event, girls were given the opportunity to speak with the director of Girl Rising – a film that follows nine girls from nine countries, and narrated by nine renowned actresses; communicate with Oprah Winfrey’s School for Girls; were encouraged to share what they had learned during workshops; listen to Beyonce and tweet during breaks and make new friends.
“Fully appreciate the opportunities you have,” said Kathy Calvin, president and chief executive officer of the UN Foundation. “You are part of a generation that is so amazing. Our world is changing and you are the future.”