The Poly Prep Girl Up club is planning a large event that we are hoping will raise awareness of the issues that Girl Up addresses such as “raising awareness and funds to help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls.”
I first came up with this idea in my UN Foundation Teen Advisor application, when we were asked to write about our dream event. My dream event would be one where the audience would feel included in the solution to these issues, and feel that they helped the campaign.
The responsibility of the Teen Advisors is to come up with new, innovative ideas for the Girl Up organization. I believe that the event that we are planning will really help that cause. The main part of the event, in a nutshell, is a panel discussion with audience participation. Basically, there will be a panel and a moderator, and the panel will answer questions posed by the moderator. Our panel consists of Rachel Wisthuff, the Girl Up Grassroots Associate; Elizabeth Plank, a feminist and writer for PolicyMic; Elisa Kreisinger, a feminist video remix artist, Katlyn Grasso, the founder of GenHeration; Ruthie Ackerman, an award-winning journalist; Megan Hershiser, the Director of Corporate Engagement at Girl Rising; and Tammy Tibbetts, the founder of She's the First.
The theme of the panel will be Girl Up issues and how to get girls involved in advocating for causes they care about. But, what makes this event unique is that the audience will be able to answer these questions as well. This will give us, the Girl Up community, very new and interesting ideas to further the campaign, from people we haven't heard from before whose voices need to be heard.
But that's not all. This event will also consist of a performance by the Poly Prep African Dance Club, led by Dr. Angela Gittens, and a dinner, catered by 'Wichcraft. Each attendee of the event will be assigned to a table with one of our panelists. There will be questions on the table, and one person will be assigned as the scribe. The tables will participate in discussions throughout the dinner, and the scribe will write down everything that is said. This will also give the Girl Up community ideas on how to further their reaches to different parts of the world and different demographics.
What we are hoping to accomplish with this event is to make the audience feel included, as if they are a part of the solution to help these girls being forced into marriages at a young age and being kept from school.
This will also, as I have stated before, give us ideas on how to improve the already amazing Girl Up campaign. Girl Up is always looking for new ways to reach a different demographic, and to spread the awareness of these issues to further and further reaches of the world, and I believe that this event will help accomplish that.
RSVP by March 5th! I hope to see you there!