Girl Up Supporters: #GIRLHERO(es) who keep us going

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Being a #GIRLHERO means devoting time and energy to the issues that matter to you. Girlheroes take a look at the world around them and think “what can I do to make our world a little bit better.” And then they go out and do it.

Every day Girl Up supporters are rolling up their sleeves and getting to work. They’re tabling at their schools to promote Girl Up, meeting with elected officials to advocate for girls around the world, and raising funds to support our UN partners.

These girls work behind the scenes to create a better life for adolescent girls everywhere. So let’s shine a light on a few of our girl leaders and honor each of them as the #GIRLHERO they are:

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Celia Buckman: If you’re looking for Celia Buckman, chances are you will find her somewhere underneath a Girl Up banner. As a co-chair of this year’s Teen Advisor class and a co-head of her school’s Girl Up Club, Celia is a huge part of our family. From a spin class fundraiser to a mother’s tea, Celia and her club have raised more than $9,000 for Girl Up. And she’s taking on the Girl Up Five Year Anniversary Challenge, pledging to raise $5,000 by the end of the year to commemorate Girl Up’s five year anniversary.

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Harriet Kamashanyu: A standing ovation for Harriet Kamashanyu who heads up Let Girls Lead in Uganda. Harriet wears many hats as she also is Founder and Executive Director of Rhythm of Life, a community-based organization that works to support HIV+ women in Uganda. And this summer, Harriet was one of twelve amazing counselors at the WiSci 2015 STEAM Camp in Rwanda. Harriet never stops empowering women and girls to engage in advocacy and stand up for their rights.

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Leah Adelman: We’ve profiled Leah Adelman recently on Girl Up, but when we’re talking about girlheroes it’s hard not to include a girl who rode her bike across America to raise funds to support the empowerment of girls around the world. After traveling through developing countries, Leah decided she wanted to do something to help every girl reach her full potential. So she turned her bike challenge into a “Find My Stride” fundraiser, and raised more than $5,500 for Girl Up!

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Nehal Jain: Nehal Jain – a current Teen Advisor – has visited family in India a number of times, and has seen firsthand what life is like for girls who aren’t educated. Seeing what those girls go through inspired her to try and make a difference in their lives, and she is doing just that through her work with Girl Up! Like Celia, Nehal has also taken on the Girl Up Five Year Anniversary Challenge, and is already so close to reaching her goal. Her most recent fundraiser – an ice cream social – brought her even closer. She has now raised more than $4,300.

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Nusrat Ahmed: Where can you find one of the most selfless, creative and hard-working girls ever? Look no further than Princeton college student, Nusrat Ahmed. Nusrat was also a counselor at the WiSci STEAM Camp in Rwanda where she led Girl Up leadership activities and coordinated art projects for nearly 120 participants from 9 different countries. But that’s not all! When camp ended, Nusrat went straight to work in Bangladesh where she managed the building of a sewing center for women.

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Riya Singh: Riya Singh (pictured middle) was a 2013-2014 Teen Advisor Co-Chair, and also happens to be one of the biggest and best overachievers we know. As the youngest WiSci STEAM Camp counselor, Riya’s energy and kindness brought all of the campers together. As a student at UC Berkeley, Riya is set to graduate early and looks forward to a career in cognitive neuroscience and human rights. Oh yeah- and she’s an awesome jazz musician. Want proof that girls can accomplish anything? Look no further than Riya!

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Vanessa Valdez: is the latest Girl Up rockstar who has committed to taking the Girl Up Five Year Anniversary Challenge and raising $5k for Girl Up. A Teen Advisor from Texas, Vanessa is super passionate about Girl Up- even more so after spending a summer visiting an all-girls school in Honduras and seeing firsthand what a difference the education of one girl can make on an entire community. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Vanessa!

Today, we honor our Girl Up supporters. Each and every one of you is a #GIRLHERO to us. Who’s yours? Take to social media and share the photos and stories of your friends, family and female role models who you consider to be a #GIRLHERO.