Hi! I’m Alina. I’m 13 years old and I’m from Seattle, Washington. I’m very excited to be a part of Girl Up. I’m passionate about helping girls in developing countries and advocating for girls who need our help. Together, we can create real change in the world.
Girl Up first came to my attention through my involvement in Girl Scouts. Two years ago, I discovered Girl Up e-mails and began reading them. It was inspiring to learn how Girl Up was helping girls in developing countries.
When I realized that not all girls were counted at birth, it seemed so wrong. I spent hours researching and supporting the Girls Count Act, and then went into action. This past winter, I was asked to speak about the Girls Count Act at the Girls-Can-Do event in Seattle. There was an audience of 1,200 and I was the youngest speaker.
I think it’s great to engage girls in the U.S. and around the world to help our fellow girls in developing countries. I believe girls are smart, passionate and caring. Girl Up is creating a generation of leaders who will change the world, and I am excited to be a part of the movement.