You may know Selena Gomez as lead singer of the band Selena Gomez and the Scene, or a star in the upcoming movie Spring Breakers. However, Selena’s talent goes beyond the arts; she is also a young woman committed to making a difference.
In August 2009, Gomez became the youngest UNICEF ambassador ever at seventeen; she also has served as the spokesperson for the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, a fundraising program that has raised more than $188 million for UNICEF programs. As an ambassador, Selena has travelled abroad with UNICEF multiple times – to see children’s living conditions in Ghana in 2009 and to meet families helped by UNICEF-supported parenting programs in Chile in 2011. Her next trip will be to the Democratic Republic of Congo in April, inspired by the life-changing experiences her friend, lead singer of Good Charlotte Joel Madden, had in the DRC.
Besides working with UNICEF, Selena has taken on another amazing project. She will be narrating part of Girl Rising, a movie premiering March 7 about the stories of nine girls from around the world who have managed to succeed despite obstacles, such as poverty, a lack of education, and natural disasters. Girl Rising will be released using Gathr, a movie distribution system that allows people to host screenings at local movie theaters – check here to find a screening near you or to learn how to host a screening!
Selena is one fab female who uses her Hollywood success to amplify the issues faced by girls around the world. She’s a reminder to young people everywhere that it’s never too early to use your voice for an important cause.