Hi there! My name is Ellie Yeo and I’m a junior at the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland.
My passion for equal rights for girls started in sixth grade when I watched the documentary Half The Sky, which documents the everyday struggle for girls around the world to receive fundamental rights. The film opened my eyes to an issue that I had previously been unaware of, but that related to me so directly. Once I understood how unique my own opportunities in life were, I began to seek out ways in which I could help give a voice to girls who do not have the same opportunities. I found Girl Up and have been following it closely ever since.
I am an executive member of my school’s Girl Up Club, and over my past two years of membership, we have supported the campaign by hosting fundraisers and spreading community-wide awareness. In the fall of 2015 we wrote letters to our representatives encouraging them to support the Girls Count Act, an issue that is very important to me and my school. We are currently collaborating with our school’s community service club to collect sanitary napkins for girls in Kenya who do not have access to essential hygiene products or facilities.
Next year I will be Vice President of my class and will continue to swim for my school’s swim team (Go Panthers!). I am also a member of Model UN and hiking club. I love listening to music in my free time and I have been playing piano for nine years. I study French at school and love experiencing new cultures and meeting new people. This summer, I am using my knowledge of French as a foreign exchange student in Angers, France. I will also be travelling to Cambodia with a number of other teenagers to work with local NGOs and carry out development projects in rural towns.
I am beyond excited to immerse myself in the culture and community. I’m so thrilled to be working with Girl Up and the Teen Advisors and I can’t wait to get started!