Annie first learned of Girl Up in the fall of 2011. Annie immediately collaborated with her fellow classmates at Marlborough School in Los Angeles, CA, to found the first-ever Girl Up Club at her school. Her passion and initiative led her to be selected as a Girl Up Teen Advisor for the 2011-2012 term. She was such a standout Teen Advisor, so much so that — despite being one of Girl Up’s youngest advocates at just 13 years old – Annie was invited to serve as Teen Advisor Co-Chair the following term.
In spring 2013, Annie traveled to Guatemala with Girl Up. There, she met many adolescent girls in United Nations programs, including survivors of violence and students fighting for an education. Afterwards, Annie reflected on her visit:
“This week I’ve been able to meet many inspiring girls in Girl Up supported programs. This trip has reinforced for me the power and importance for all girls to receive an education. Girls who were learning to read and write in these programs are empowered to learn about their rights and become leaders.”
Since Annie’s visit to Guatemala, she has been featured on the homepage of TeenVogue.com, started a Youth Advisory Board with her local congressperson and donated her birthday to Girl Up raising more than $5,000 on her online fundraising page.
Throughout it all, Annie has continued to demonstrate the impact that one dedicated girl can have in unleashing the potential of girls around the world.