Teen Advisors

At Girl Up, Teen Advisors are leading Girl Up’s “by girls, for girls” movement, carrying out advocacy goals, providing feedback on our strategy and energizing others to take action for girls around the world.

Who are Girl Up Teen Advisors?

The Teen Advisor program exemplifies Girl Up’s core value of being girl-led and girl-driven. Composed of a widely diverse group of teenage girls, Teen Advisors are passionate changemakers who together spread and fuel Girl Up’s work. Teen Advisors are central to all Girl Up decision-making by advising on strategy and serve as leading voices for our work to advance global gender equality. To support the Teen Advisors in this task, Girl Up provides skills-based trainings, professional development opportunities, hands-on learning, and most significantly, personal relationships with the staff.

Since the first Teen Advisor class began in 2010, more than 136 girls have developed their leadership skills through this global program. Collectively, Girl Up Teen Advisors have raised more than $500,000, completed more than 7,000 hours of service, hosted hundreds of events in their communities around the world and performed more than 500 advocacy actions at local, national, and global levels.

Meet the 2018-2019 class of Girl Up Teen Advisors:

Application Process:

Every January, Girl Up opens the first round of applications to self-identified teen girls who are ready and excited to change the world. Girl Up selects girls from the first round and invites them to an interview process for the second round. Girl Up notifies the new class of Teen Advisors in mid-April. Teen Advisors serve for one year beginning June 1. 

The 2019-2020 Girl Up Teen Advisor application consists of an online application answering the below essay questions and a video submission. In addition, a letter of recommendation with the subject line Teen Advisor Application Recommendation Letter_Last Name_First Name must also be submitted to Community@GirlUp.org for an application to be considered complete. Only complete applications submitted by 11:59pm EST on February 18, 2019 will be considered.

Essay questions:

  1. Please explain your involvement with Girl Up to date (250 words)
  2. Serving as a Girl Up Teen Advisor requires a significant time commitment. We value well-rounded applicants and bringing your full self to the program. Please list any other commitments/activities/clubs etc. that will occupy your time next year (June 1, 2019 – May 30, 2020) (75 words)
  3. Many inequalities exist in our backyards. With a gender lens, what is one local social justice issue that speaks to you? Share your ideas on how you would address it (with the help of others of course!). Why is it important to fight for this issue in your community and around the world (300 words)
  4. Champions are celebrities, athletes, activists, etc. who help spread awareness on behalf of Girl Up. Who would you like to see as a Girl Up Champion and why? (200 words)
  5. What event would you like to plan and execute during your Teen Advisor tenure? Please list out your goals and the steps of action you would take (250 words)
  6. Describe the community you grew up in and how it influenced you, your upbringings, values, experiences, etc. Girl Up is committed to diversity and inclusion in all forms and respects all of our supporters’ complex and varying identities (300 words)
  7. Girl Up gets hundreds of applications for the Teen Advisory Board, and while everyone is a total #girlhero, what makes you stand out from the rest and why? Think about what you would like to gain from the Teen Advisor program (300 words)
  8. VIDEO: In a ONE minute video, please record yourself answering the following questions: A) What is one word that represents the power of girls? B) What issue do you care about the most and how will you use your Teen Advisor tenure to address it? Be ready to provide a link to your video.


  • January 23: First Round Applications open.
  • February 18: Application closes.
  • March: Applicants notified of Girl Up’s First Round decision. Those selected will receive Second Round application interview instructions.
  • April: Teen Advisors selected and notified of final decision.
  • June 1: New class of Teen Advisors begin tenure.

Application Requirements:

**Applications are open to self-identified girls from around the world.

  • Must be entering the U.S. equivalent of 9th-12th grades
  • Display a sense of maturity, cultural-sensitivity, and openness to learning about different cultures
  • Be committed to the empowerment of girls and women
  • Possess strong leadership skills and have proven desire to become a globally-minded citizen through meaningful discussion, learning and action in their community and school
  • Have knowledge of and passion for Girl Up’s mission and vision for gender equality around the world
  • Be able to complete all Teen Advisor responsibilities as outlined below

Teen Advisor Responsibilities

  • Attend and actively participate in and prepare for monthly calls/webinars (scheduled for the second Sunday of every month)
  • Attend mandatory in-person meetings — one during the annual Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. (July 15-17) and two additional trainings between September – November 2019 and in early 2020.
  • Start and/or lead a Girl Up Club in your school or surrounding community
  • Regularly contribute to the Girl Up Community, an online hub for Girl Up Clubs and Campuses
  • Represent Girl Up in the media and at events in their communities

Teen Advisor Opportunities

  • Advise Girl Up on organizational strategy
  • An insider’s view into Girl Up through constant communication with staff, and most significantly, personal relationships
  • Intensive skills-based trainings, professional development opportunities, hands-on learning
  • Access to a global network of like-minded peers
  • Access to experts in their fields, including United Nations speakers
  • Opportunity and financial support to attend special events and conferences


  • Teen Advisor Applications are now closed.

“If I learned one thing serving as a Girl Up Teen Advisor, it’s that girls are powerful alone, but unstoppable together. I have found a family and sisterhood in this community of strong, intelligent, and ambitious women, and I am motivated every day by them to speak louder, stand taller, and lead better. ” – Amy Gong Liu, Class of 2014-2015

** Girl Up is committed to seeking and maintaining a culturally diverse and inclusive Teen Advisor class. Applicants who represent underrepresented backgrounds in regards to race/ethnicity, nationality, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, religion etc., are especially encouraged to apply.