Hi there! My name is Kaitlin Hung, and I am a 16-year-old senior from Thousand Oaks High School in Thousand Oaks, California.
I have trained in classical ballet for thirteen years and just joined my high school’s varsity dance team. On my weekends, I love taking painting classes and volunteering at the local theater.
Living in the suburbs, I have always felt shielded from all the “bad” things happening in the world, which was a major disadvantage because I was never aware of the situations facing countries outside the US. When I found out about the particular obstacles facing adolescent girls in developing countries from older friends and mentors, I didn’t know what to say. But I did know I had to do something.
As a result, I started a Girl Up club at my school to educate American girls, just like me, about the issues facing girls our age and younger. We held fundraisers, such as bake sales and bagel sales and partnered with local non-profits to spread awareness of issues facing girls, especially in the area of education. Whether it was wearing our Girl Up shirts to school or approaching the head of the English Department and asking to put coin jars in all the English classrooms, we knew that we could educate our community and helpgirls reach their full potential at the same time.
I am really excited to start the next Girl Up year with my club as a Teen Advisor, and do even bigger and better events to educate and fundraise. I want to impact not only developing countries, but my community, as well.