Hi everyone! My name is Valeria Hansen. I am a 15-year-old sophomore from sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Besides advocating for girl’s education, I love performing, writing, and volunteering. I’ve been fortunate to get an education with a strong foundation in the arts and this has shaped my worldview and will hopefully help me become an open-minded, empathetic and creative individual. My passion for the theatre has allowed me to serve as a Teen Ambassador at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, an innovative program allowing teens to establish an artistic link with our peers and contribute to the Performing Arts.
I recently launched Teens for the Arts, which advocates the importance of arts and culture in today’s youth as a bridge for peace and universal friendship. I also love singing for charities. Some of my most cherished memories involve performing for children in need of encouragement, as I’ve never encountered anything more wonderful than seeing their eyes light up with happiness. I currently sing with the Girl Choir of South Florida, another great initiative transforming girls’ lives through musical excellence.
Although I knew about the struggles for girls in developing countries, I didn’t know I could actually help them until I learned about Girl Up and I fell head over heels in love with its mission. I started the South Florida Girl Up, mobilizing friends, harnessing the power of social media, and teaching our community that girls matter. The Girl Up staff is so incredibly supportive, making it possible for us to have a successful year, earn a Gold Star Club Status, and be awarded “Club of the Month”.
Working with Girl Up has made me more appreciative of my education and inspired me to continue contributing locally as well. It truly feels like the only barriers between countries are the ones we draw ourselves.
I’m humbled and honored to serve as a Teen Advisor and I hope to be part of the biggest expansion yet of the Girl Up campaign around the world, for the education and empowerment of millions of girls who need our support. High Five!