Nov 14 by Heather Faison
(New class of Teen Advisors give a high five at Unite for Girls)
moments before we kicked off our Unite for Girls San Francisco Tour,
the Teen Advisors anxiously took their positions.
They met for the first
time this weekend and bonded over cookies,
cracked jokes, and settled into their roles as the new representatives of Girl
After hours of prep and a fabulous photoshoot, these girls were
clearly ready for showtime!
One tour-goer from Orange County, California, gushed about her first
Unite For Girls experience.
"I just love how so many girls have gathered
here to help our sisters around the world," said, Iman P., 14, right
before she ran to drop off her letter to send
to a girl in Guatemala.
The energy really kicked up when actress Alexandra Daddario entered the
room. Chic and graceful, Alexandra made time for a little girl talk with
the Teen Advisors. She even shared a spoiler from her upcoming movie
(our lips are sealed!).
Over at the Malawi kiosk, Teen Advisors Joi Stevens and Emily Harwell
dared attendees to walk a few steps in a girl from Malawi's shoes.
were hesitant to take the challenge — carry jerry cans filled with
water across the room — but those who tried quickly
realized the heavy burden (literally!) that these girls carry.
friends at 10x10 added a great addition to the Ethiopia kiosk where the
girls signed a certificate against child marriage and rocked pledge
rings with the words "diva" and "rock star" inscribed.
San Francisco-based singer Olivia Somerlyn hit the stage and performed
her song, "Im Just Fine." "Olivia Somerlyn is using her music and her
voice to help girls change the world," said our grand MC Aaron Sherinian of the United Nations Foundation.
The closing panel, including Emily
Courey Pryor of the United Nations Foundation and
Denise Sunning of the Adolescent Girls' Advocacy & Leadership Initiative, was a reminder of what Girl Up's does best: Provide easy and
relevant ways for girls to make a difference.
"Everyone wants to make a dent in the universe they just don't know
how," said Tamsin Smith, the innovator behind PRODUCT (RED).
will be able to walk out of here with your own dent in the universe."
Thank you Levi Strauss & Co Headquarters for hosting this fabulous
event and to all the awesome volunteers!
Check out pictures from
the event below and live video clips on our Tout page!