Surprise! Yes – you can be equal parts interested in style, beauty, fitness AND philanthropy. And that’s me – just over here trying to make the world a better place for young women.
Are you as surprised as I was to hear that $12 trillion could be added to the global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality? And that women and girls are more likely to envision themselves in leadership roles if they have access to female role models?
I truly believe that WE all can make a difference. In 2012, I became involved with Step Up and saw firsthand how immensely beneficial mentorship is for teen girls. I’m sure you wouldn’t be surprised to hear that Step Up’s curriculum based on self-efficacy provides sharpened skills and access to a broader community, leaving teen girls ready to become the next generation of professional women leaders.
Inspire you? Well, I hope to do that because I’m about to formally invite you to join me in my goal of changing girls’ lives. Step Up has a model that cares for their teens holistically. This means they aren’t just going to give a sophomore a seminar about attending college and wish them the best. We want to see our entire community motivated academically, professionally and personally. Their goal? To provide long-lasting skills and resources that will propel girls to bright futures.
Since this organization has changed my life, I wanted to invite you to change others’ lives. Whether it be through spreading the word (@stepupwomensnetwork on Instagram), volunteering your time (see what works with your schedule at www.suwn.org/events), or in joining me as a member (www.suwn.org/join), you too can make an impact.
When you give $75 a year, you provide supplies for three first-year girls working to build their confidence through 30 weeks of after-school programs – and, giving at this level or higher makes you a Step Up member like me! If you can donate more you can become a luminary member like me. Not only do you have the chance to help teen girls become confident, college-bound and career-focused individuals, but you also get to meet, socialize and learn from other professional women through various evening and morning events.
When you mentor a teen, you provide her with skills and insights to push her to follow her dreams. In partnership with Step Up, I feel like I - as just one woman - have been a part of the transformation of hundreds of girls’ lives. And you can too.