Hi! My name is Connie Wu and I am a 17-year-old senior at Whitney High School in Cerritos, California. I am very excited and humbled to be serving as a Girl Up teen advisor, and will devote myself wholeheartedly to this campaign.
My involvement in Girl Up started when I found out about the chapter at my school. After I learned more about Girl Up’s mission, I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of helping underprivileged girls with the challenges that they face. This year I became Treasurer, and our cabinet has done a lot to advocate and fundraise. We organized a conference titled Pillars of Change, where we hosted speakers on the five Girl Up pillars, and a documentary screening of Miss Representation, a film about the portrayal of women in the media. Proceeds from the events were donated to Girl Up, and it was inspiring to see my peers listen to topics I am passionate about.
I am on the planning committee for SPARK, a non-profit organization that plans an annual women’s empowerment conference, which hosts speakers from Buzzfeed, Youtube, and businesswomen to speak about important feminist topics such as sexual objectification, gender roles, women in the professional world, and self love. I am also a member of Key Club where we participate in community service events, and an organization called GlamourGals where we provide companionship and makeovers to women in senior homes.
Being Teen Advisor will give me the opportunity to interact with other amazing young women who have the same goals as me: to help girls in lesser-developed countries. I am excited to broaden my knowledge of issues in other countries through this program, and assist in providing opportunities for girls to make a difference.