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You know what they say: if only women ran the world, there would be far less wars, and countries would find a way around their differences and Get Stuff Done. Sadly, there are far too few women in key leadership positions in politics and in the community. We need more females who can lead and implement real change in society, and since there aren't too many role models around, we need to create opportunities for our girls to do it themselves.
Girls For Change is an organization that does exactly that: they empower girls to create social change by helping them create social change in their own communities. Girls team up in groups of 5-10, and under the guidance of two women coaches, they identify an issue that girls face in their own neighborhood -- then design, lead, fund and implement projects that address those issues.
Here are just some of the projects that Girls For Change teams have tackled:
Team #7, Clyde Fischer Middle School, San Jose - This Stuff is Bananas!
The girls at Fischer want their peers to understand that proper nutrition is a main cause for a healthy life. They handed out flyers and healthy snacks at lunch directing students and parents toward a YouTube video they produced about the importance of eating healthy and smart food choices.
Team #9, Monroe Middle School, San Jose - Communicating Job Placement Resources and Where to Find Work
The girls from Team #9 want break-ins to stop! They feel that a lack of finances to job loss is the main factor contributing to theft. They created a flyer campaign to distribute in the community featuring job-finding resources. They hope that employment will help provide the finances people need to live instead of stealing from others
Leadership Public Schools College Park, Oakland: Stop the Jokes!
The girls at LPS College Park are tired of hearing jokes about race and stereotypes at their school. After having a round table discussion about why people stereotype and how it has personally affected their lives, the girls decided to get the word out by making posters to combat common racial stereotypes. By starting this conversation they hope people can find common ground rather than continue to make hurtful jokes.
Amazing, huh? And you can help this organization empower even more girls with just one simple act -- change your browser's home page to Yahoo!. Yahoo! will donate $10 to Girls For A Change (GFC) for each person who switches her homepage browser to Yahoo! -- up to an amazing $10,000! To make Yahoo! your homepage browser and help raise $10,000 for Girls For A Change, click here and follow the instructions. This has to be done by July 1, so act quickly! Can we get 1,000 people to make one small change? Heck yeah, we can!
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