Hi! My name is Simone Cowan, and I am a 17 year old senior that attends Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School in Fayetteville, Georgia.
In my free time, I love to play volleyball and volunteer in my community. I am on the varsity volleyball team at my school and enjoy volunteering with Kashi Street Meals serving meals to homeless individuals in Atlanta, sorting toys for Toys for Tots, directing walkers for the 2-Day Breast Cancer walk and volunteering at my church.
A few summers ago, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Eleanor Roosevelt Girls’ Leadership Worldwide Program in upstate New York. While there we visited New York City and I had the chance to visit Girl Up’s headquarters and learn about the campaign. I was instantly captivated and knew that I wanted to support this campaign. I loved that the campaign was for girls, by girls, and the sense of girl empowerment that Girl Up conveyed.
I started a Girl Up Club at my school last year to raise awareness in my community about the many problems girls face around the world. Our first project was called the Shoebox Project and we collected travel sized toiletries to fill shoeboxes that we decorated. Our school came together and donated over 1,000 toiletries to our project! After the success of this project, we knew we had our school community’s support and ever since then our club has continually grown. We have about 50 members, which is pretty awesome considering my school’s small population.
I am very excited to serve as a Teen Advisor this year and help ensure that no matter where they live, girls have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders. I can’t wait to connect with the other Teen Advisors and meet people from all around the country that share the same passion that I have!