Hi! I’m Rachel and I am a junior at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
I love to learn and have attended the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Program for the past five summers, where I have taken classes and been able to connect with amazing students from all over the world. When I realized that not every girl has the same access to education as I do, and consequently cannot reach her full potential, I knew I had to do something about it.
I started a Girl Up Club at my school this past year. We held numerous fundraisers, including bake sales, concerts, and a 5k run, and educated our community about gender inequality in developing countries. I am so excited to serve as the South Florida Coalition Lead this year to help expand Girl Up’s reach and work locally with other passionate activists!
At school, I am the Co-Chair of the Civic Involvement Board. In this position, I help plan events to elevate students’ awareness about political and social issues. I am also very interested in science and participate in my school’s science research program.
Previously, I was a member of the Day of the Girl – US Action Team, which fueled my passion for creating gender equality not only across the world, but in my community. As a result, I founded CoderGals, an after-school program where high school female mentors teach elementary school girls how to code.
In my spare time, I like to read, code, take pictures, explore new cities, and eat sushi.
I’m so honored and excited to serve as a Teen Advisor. Girl Up has already had an incredible impact on my life and I can’t wait to work with other girls who are as passionate about this cause as I am!