Karina Jougla

Youth Champion

I’m a freshman at Columbia University in New York City and a 2012 graduate of Carpinteria High School. I’m originally from Carpinteria, California and have the honor of being the Junior Carpinterian of the Year. Because of Girl Up, I want to study issues that affect girls and women globally, so I plan on majoring in Human Rights with a minor in French.


This is my third year participating in Girl Up. I served as a Teen Advisor in the founding 2010-2011 class and served as a Teen Advisor Co-Chair in last year’s 2011-2012 class. I became a Teen Advisor through my involvement in our national non-profit partner organization Girls Inc., participating in its local theater program and volunteering as a counselor. In the spring semester of my senior year, I started a Girl Up workshop at my local Girls Inc. chapter as a community service project. I designed and executed a 15-week workshop for girls in third through fifth grade. Every week we would do activities like weaving paper mats to learn about the textile industry in Guatemala or competing in a bucket-carrying relay race to demonstrate how water scarcity in Ethiopia affects girls.


In my role as a Youth Champion, I am starting the Girl Up Reading Club this year for current and former Teen Advisors and Girl Up club members. Each month we read a short article about international issues and talk about it on our monthly discussion calls.


Outside my involvement with Girls Inc. and Girl Up, I am a member of the Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program as a John Jay Scholar. In my free time I enjoy exploring the incredible food and sights that New York has to offer. I also enjoy playing flute and tennis. I love reading, and Half the Sky is one of my favorite books.