2011 Grantees

Meet Alexia

My HERlead Project: 
Creative Minds

Introduce self-healing art into her community to build self-esteem and empower young women.

Category:
Education
About Me: 

I have been a Daisy, Brownie, Senior, and now, an Ambassador in Girl Scouts. I enjoy drawing, ballet, kickboxing and cooking. I also love science and I want to become a meteorologist on a news channel when I grow up. I have been an art liaison at the Brooklyn Museum of Art to help little kids. I helped them make masks and use acrylic paints. Self esteem is a major issue for young girls today and if they see older girls as positive role models they can become more empowered and confident.

Meet Cydney

My HERlead Project: 
There's No Cost For Serving: Everyone Can Be A Leader

Connect young girls from diverse backgrounds who share a desire to better their community and themselves. Host workshops designed to strengthen a girl’s commitment to learning, establish positive values, build competencies for social and business interactions, and build positive self identity.

Category:
Education
Mentorship
About Me: 

My name is Cydney and I am a 17 year old senior. At my school, I am a member of Med Club and Young Democrats, in which I am Vice President. I am also the Co-Vice President of the National Honor Society Chapter at my school. In the fall, I play varsity field hockey and run varsity track in the spring. I also play the violin in my school’s Symphonic Orchestra. Besides playing the violin, I enjoy reading, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. Community service is very important to me.

Meet Emily C.

My HERlead Project: 
reACT - Read. Empower. ACT

Create a feminist, literary magazine made by and for teenage girls, emboldening young women across the U.S. and the globe to dream bigger and do bigger. The magazine will publish prose, poetry, artwork and photography created by girls ages 13 through 19.

Category:
Education
Empowerment
Literature
About Me: 

My name is Emily, and I’m a rising senior. Since I was a young girl, I have enjoyed reading, writing and creating artwork. Also, I enjoy performing improvisational comedy. More recently, I’ve become involved in social justice work.Feminism is a cause that has always resonated with me. My whole life, I’ve been surrounded by strong, intelligent and capable women, and in their presence I am consistently reminded to both reach for the stars and remember to help others.

Meet Ellie and Greta

My HERlead Project: 
Child First Partnership

Establish an after school program for at risk youth in Baltimore City, Maryland.

Category:
Awareness
Outreach
About Me: 

About Greta: I am 17 years old, I enjoy creative arts, am environmentally conscious, and like to travel and spend time outdoors. I am very active in athletics and play field hockey, squash and lacrosse. I realize how important it is to give my time to my local community, as well as to become an active global citizen. Since I know of the many struggles kids face in the inner city of Baltimore, I want to use my resources and connections to give these kids some of the opportunities that I have had.

About Ellie: I am a 16-year-old who is originally from Potomac, Maryland. I am a rising senior. I have lived overseas for 7 years of my life in Almaty, Kazakhstan and Cairo, Egypt. I am very interested in psychology and human behavior and plan to study it in college. I have a great appreciation and passion for the arts. Since a big part of my childhood has been spent away from the U.S., I have had the privilege of having many multicultural experiences. They have influenced me to be open minded and also informed about existing issues and problems in the world. Through my unique upbringing, I understand the importance of being a global and communal citizen.

Meet Jacqueline

My HERlead Project: 
Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward is a program dedicated to educating young women about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.

Category:
Education
Empowerment
Mentorship
About Me: 

Growing up, I was taught that the world was full of tribulations. I could struggle with these all my life, see them as obstacles, and amount to mediocrity or I could make something of these tribulations, treat them as opportunities to learn about myself, others, and change a couple of things along the way. I chose the latter path. It is my belief that through the attainment of intellectual and material gains, one attains a true privilege and responsibility to share our talents with those less fortunate.

Meet Kathleen

My HERlead Project: 
School Kits For Kids

Help all students begin the school year with new supplies, books and backpacks.

Category:
Community Service
Education
About Me: 

My name is Kathleen, and I am 17 years old. I have been in Girl Scouting since I joined as a first year Brownie. Even though I have joined other after school activities throughout the years, Girl Scouting is the one I have stayed with and enjoyed the most. I also enjoy listening to music and writing fictional stories.

Meet Katie

My HERlead Project: 
Kids For FreeRice

Use freerice.com, a website sponsored by the United Nations World Food Programme, to teach kids about world hunger and provide a concrete way to help.

Category:
Awareness
Education
About Me: 

Katie is a rising high school junior in New Jersey. She plays the trombone in many school band ensembles, including marching band and pit orchestra for the school musicals. She loves playing soccer and basketball as well as watching baseball with her family. Katie is also very involved in the youth group at her church. As an Ambassador girl scout, Katie is looking to complete her Gold Award project. In her free time, Katie loves to listen to music, especially ‘60s classics like The Beatles and Bob Dylan.

Meet Leah

My HERlead Project: 
Healthy Food for Healthy Futures at N Street Village

Partnership with N Street Village, a homeless shelter for single homeless women in D.C., to incorporate healthy eating into their road map for recovery.

Category:
Community Service
About Me: 

I am a happily overactive high school senior in Maryland. I intend to pursue an academic path in international relations, sustainable development and conflict studies, but for now I split my time between academic work, extracurricular activities and volunteer projects. I’ve been constantly motivated to service and to learning through Girl Scouts, which I have been part of for eight years.

Meet Mikayla, Margaret, & Araba

My HERlead Project: 
Educating Women for the World

A project to improve the education of and provide greater resources and tools to 1,200 young girls in Ghana.

Category:
Awareness
Education
Outreach
About Me: 

About Araba: Araba is a sophomore in high school. In addition to being a field hockey player and a girl scout, she has been an active member of Operation Smile for 2 years. Araba hopes to attend medical school after college to become a neurologist and eventually work for Doctors without Borders.

About Margaret: I am a junior in High School. For the past several years, a large portion of my life has been dedicated to service. Since freshman year, I have served on our school’s Service Board and helped organize many service projects. I also co-founder and am president of our Operation Smile Club. Last year, I was able to attend Operation Smile’s International Student Leadership Conference in Denver.

About Mikayla: I am a junior in high school. My favorite classes are history and science. I am uncertain of what I want to be when I grow up; thoughts range from pediatric surgeon to CIA agent, however, I am certain that whatever the profession may be I want my actions to benefit the community. I hope to use my education to better the world, which is why I've teamed up with Margaret and Araba to help the girls of Wesley Girls High School in Cape Coast, Ghana.

 

 

Meet Nikki

My HERlead Project: 
MASK Theater and a Nonprofit Teen Resource Center

Create an interactive theater group that performs realistic skits about the challenges teens face. Host discussions with the audience at various high schools.

Category:
Awareness
Education
Outreach
About Me: 

Nicole is an 11th grader in New Jersey. She is an officer in both the GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) and Shakespeare Club at her school. She is in the Youth Leadership at her church, a senior Girl Scout, is training to become a volunteer EMT, and has already obtained her BLS license. She is a member of the National Youth Advisory Board for loveisrespect.org and Break the Cycle. Her favorite hobby is scuba diving with her family. She loves school and challenging herself.