Your Voice Matters (YVM13)
This week we’re shining our spotlight on a program sponsored by the United Nations called GirlUp. I learned about this program from reading an interview by Tabbie Biddle, writing for the Huffington Post, with Annie Gersh, a Teen Advisor with GirlUp. Annie is a 13 year-old at Marlborough School in Los Angeles, and she has been involved with GirlUp since September of last year.
This is the GirlUp mission statement from their About page:
Girl Up is an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation. We give American girls the opportunity to become global leaders and channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls.
This program looks like an amazing way for girls to make their voices matter, all around the world. Annie says in her Tabbie Biddle interview:
Girls’ leadership is important because girls are half of the world’s population. When they are given the opportunity to be educated, they strive to make a difference in their communities and change the paths their families will take in the future.
Well said Annie! Here is the “Girlafesto” from GirlUp’s YouTube page and website, and I think it sums up their vision perfectly.
Wow! You guys have been overwhelming in support of this giveaway and the reviews that have been coming in are fantastic! Keep them coming. I know a lot of you are out there reading right now and working on your reviews, so keep working. You have until the end of April to get them entered. Here are a couple of snippets from this past week:
I realy loved the book! It was great! I feel sorry for Violet,Klaus and Sunny. This is my favorite book in the series. — from Sara, reviewing The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2) by Lemony Snicket
…I loved the flow of the story too. I never really felt like I was in the dark, but new revelations kept popping up at the perfect time. Every time I learned something new it completely sucked me back into the story. — from Jasmine, reviewing Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Lastly, I want to thank everyone who’s been downloading A Measure of Disorder from all the various ebook sites. It ran all the way up to #1 in the free Kindle Children’s Adventure category last week on Amazon! I hope everyone is reading and enjoying it! Thanks again.