Celia Buckman

Hi! My name is Celia and I’m a 15 year old sophomore at New Trier High School, just outside of Chicago.

In the summer of 2013, I started the Glencoe Girl Up Club. Our club hosted a screening of Girl Rising, held a yoga fundraiser, advocated for the Girls Count Act, and much more. We helped to start the Girl Up Chicago Coalition, which will be going strong into 2014-2015!

I also serve as a UNICEF Young Ambassador. My fellow YA’s and I raised over $55,000 to eliminate maternal neo-natal tetanus, raised awareness for the cause, and spoke at UNICEF’s Annual Meeting.

In addition to advocating for international causes, I am passionate about promoting service at home. I am a volunTEEN nation Ambassador, and served on DoSomething.org’s Youth Advisory Council. I volunteer with child refugees in Chicago, the elderly, and disabled students at my school. In 2012, I founded a social action club at my school, and it was featured at the UN’s Day of the Girl 2013 Celebration. This year at school, I was a member of Global Activism Club, Student Service-Learning Committee, Service Board, and Model UN, and I am an avid debater.

I love to write. I combine my passions for girls’ issues and journalism in my blogs for the Huffington Post and Her Culture, a magazine and blog about women’s empowerment and multicultural perspectives. I also created The Defining Feminism Project, a blog aimed at exploring misconceptions and interpretations of feminism.

You can also find me reading, eating Mexican food, at policy debate tournaments, and on Twitter.

I am so excited to be joining the Teen Advisor class, and hope you join us in maximizing the potentials of girls around the world.