Tag: Girl Up

Girl Up Rafiki Bracelet Fundraisers

Words: Caroline Chu

Centennial’s Girl Up club will be selling rafiki bracelets, which are handmade by Kenyan women, outside of the cafeteria from March 7 – March 11 during all lunches. The profits will go towards providing food, water, healthcare, and education for girls in India.

Members of Girl Up will communicate with the staff at We, an organization that advocates for various causes and in turn empowers the global community, to fulfill their fundraising goals.

“This is a project that all of us in Girl Up are very passionate about. We hope to raise money and awareness for girls in developing countries who don’t have the resources that we take for granted,” said sophomore club member, Jisoo Choi.

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UNICEF Boxes

Words: Vaishnavi Mahalingam

Several clubs at Centennial High School, including Make A Wish, UNICEF, and Girl Up, are handing out orange UNICEF boxes that are used to collect money. The funds are sent to help children in over 190 countries and territories by providing immunizations, education, health care, nutrition, clean water, and sanitation.

Students can fill the boxes with spare change, and can even go door-to-door to ask for donations. The boxes are available at the next meeting of UNICEF, Make A Wish, or Girl Up, and are due to the front office by November 13.

“It’s great to be involved in such an amazing event,” commented sophomore Ashley Chu, a member of Make A Wish.  “I’m looking forward to actually making a difference in our community.”

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Girl Up

Words: Vaishnavi Mahalingam

Centennial’s new club, Girl Up, aims to make an impact on the lives of girls in developing countries through fundraisers for equal rights in safety, health, and education. Despite its name, Girl Up is open to members of all genders. Joining Girl Up provides opportunities for leadership and allows members to make an impact through service.

Every Tuesday in room 905, the group meets to hold discussions on fundraisers for Girl Up’s projects, the most prominent being the European refugee and immigrant crisis. Girl Up plans to educate its members about the crisis and raise money to provide education to refugees.

President Julie Wang, a sophomore, created the club in Centennial High School this year. In her freshman year, she was in Centennial’s Model United Nations, which taught members about current international issues.

“[However], you don’t actually get to do anything concrete about these issues,” Wang stated.

After some online research, she discovered Girl Up, a global organization that is a branch of the United Nations. She noticed that the organization was holding a leadership summit in Washington, D.C., and attended it on July 14, 2015.

Speakers such as Michelle Obama and presidents of the United Nations Foundation encouraged young girls from around the world to hold fundraisers and start branches of the organization in their hometowns.

“I got to meet a lot of people and listen to many inspiring speakers,” Wang commented, “so that’s really what inspired me to start this club.”

Sophomore Alexandra Pavao, a member of Girl Up, is most looking forward to the activities and fundraisers the club engages in later on in the year, such as raising awareness for International Day of the Girl. “It’s nice to actually be able to support girls all over the world,” Pavo remarked.

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