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Girls Gearing Up (GGU) is Europe's first and only Leadership Academy for girls. We equip girls at a young age with the confidence, tools, network and inspiration to unleash their potential. Support us and invest in the next generation of female leaders!

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  Courtney A.  22 May 2024 at 10:17 AM

Dear friends of Girls Gearing Up,

In a world marked by conflict and uncertainty, Girls Gearing Up shines a beacon of hope for a more equitable, just, and sustainable future. Through our work, we consistently witness teen girls embracing diverse perspectives, celebrating differences, and discovering common ground, using their skills and conviction to bring positive change to their communities.

When we begin to feel hopeless in the face of the many challenges our world faces today, it is our steadfast commitment to nurturing mutual understanding among young female leaders worldwide, and supporting their steps to take action, that keeps us going.

We are so grateful for the support of donors like you, who make our important work possible. We’re proud to highlight a few recent successes that reflect the impact you've helped create, and hope to pass along some of the optimism we feel. Together, we are shaping a world where girls lead with strength, compassion, and resilience.

We continue to expand the GGU network and programing: Last year, we reached more girls than ever before through our expanded programs in Germany, Malawi, and India as well as our international network around the globe. Take a look at our more in-depth impact and achievements of GGU girls worldwide in our annual report here. 

Our 2024 mentees are learning valuable life and career lessons: With the first quarter of the mentoring program behind them, our mentees are reflecting on the important and useful strategies they've been learning from their mentors. We are grateful to the inspiring volunteer mentors who are helping shape our mentees' personal and professional journeys and are proud of our mentees for their commitment to learning and development. It's incredible to watch them grow! Take a look and see which key takeaways have been the most valuable to our 204 mentees so far! 

Our Youth Advisory Board is taking the lead: The 2024 Youth Advisory Board, consisting of eight alumnae from six countries, is busy planning online events, hosting monthly podcast episodes, and has most recently created an Opportunity Catalog to support their global peers with scholarships, competitions, workshops, internship opportunities, and more. If you would like to present an opportunity to the GGU community, please reach out!

We are gearing up for impactful Academies this summer: We are busy getting ready for an even bigger and more diverse Academy cohort in 2024! We are expecting about one hundred aspring teen changemakers across our three hubs, and we just can't wait to witness the learning and growth that happens when they come together.

Our theme this year is Building Sustainable Peace. In addition to the GGU core curriculum, we will focus on the strategies and approaches that we each can employ to begin building sustainable peace in ourselves and our communities. This year's theme reflects Girls Gearing Up's ongoing commitment to building bridges of understanding, celebrating diversity, and honoring our collective humanity.

Thank you for your continued support of our mission to prepare the next generation of globally-minded female changemakers.

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