Out of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth, 70 percent are girls. In developing world, 25% of girls are not in school. Educated girls live longer lives because they are better informed to protect their health. They will also earn higher wages and stimulate economic development because women tend to reinvest more of their income into the family and community than men. Today’s organization is working to help more girls in the developing world get an education.
She’s the First is a not-for-profit that sponsors girls’ education in the developing world. We encourage people, especially Millennials, to creatively fundraise for girls’ sponsorships with their online and offline social networks.
Tammy Tibbetts first thought of the idea for She’s the First when she was working on the launch of DonateMyDress.org (an online directory of organizations that collect and distribute prom dresses to girls in need). She wondered why there wasn’t a directory of school programs for girls in the developing world. A post on Facebook would reconnect Tammy with an acquaintance Christen Brandt. Together they figured out the mission statement for She’s the First.
She’s the First’s model is to partner with charitable NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that run the sponsorship programs in third-world countries. The She’s the First leadership and research team extensively interviews all partners before admitting them into the directory and maintains a close relationship with program directors year-round. First hand updates are posted about the girls on the She’s the First blog.
In 2010 the organization sponsored 32 girls to get an education. They raise money for sponsorships through two marquee events in New York City, GIRLS WHO ROCK and the She’s the First Soiree. In addition, students can start their own She’s the First group at their school. These groups commit to social media efforts, monthly acts of awareness, and one fundraiser a semester for girls’ sponsorships in partner programs within the She’s the First directory.
How can you help?
- Anyone can help by independently hosting an event or party to sponsor a girl at any time. The organization provides fundraising ideas on their website.
- You can also donate directly to one of the sponsorship programs through the She’s the First directory.
- High school and college groups can inquire about forming a local chapter by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Between November 1 and 8, 2011, you can participate in the She’s the First National Tie-Dye Cupcake Bake-Off! Form a team, bake and sell cupcakes, share pictures via social media and then make your donation toward a sponsorship. Learn more here.