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2020-2021 Girl Up Teen Advisor Application

Teen Advisor Applications are now open until February 29, 2020.


The Teen Advisor program exemplifies Girl Up’s core value of being girl-led and girl-driven. Composed of a widely diverse group of teenage girls, Teen Advisors are passionate changemakers who together spread and fuel Girl Up’s work.



Teen Advisors are central to all Girl Up decision-making by advising on strategy and serve as leading voices for our work to advance global gender equality. To support the Teen Advisors in this task, Girl Up provides skills-based training, professional development opportunities, hands-on learning, and most significantly, personal relationships with the staff.


Since the first Teen Advisor class began in 2010, more than 150 girls have developed their leadership skills through this global program. Collectively, Girl Up Teen Advisors have raised more than $500,000, completed more than 7,000 hours of service, hosted hundreds of events in their communities around the world and performed more than 500 advocacy actions at local, national, and global levels.


Girl Up is committed to seeking and maintaining a culturally diverse and inclusive Teen Advisor class. Applicants who represent underrepresented backgrounds in regards to race/ethnicity, nationality, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, religion etc., are especially encouraged to apply.



Teen Advisor Responsibilities

  • Attend and actively participate in and prepare for monthly calls/webinars (scheduled for the second Sunday of every month)

  • Attend mandatory in-person meetings — one during the annual Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. (July 5-10, 2020), November 2020, and March 2021

  • Start and/or lead a Girl Up Club in your school or the surrounding community

  • Regularly contribute to the Girl Up Community, an online hub for Girl Up Clubs and Campuses

  • Represent Girl Up in the media and at events in their communities

Teen Advisor Opportunities

  • Advice Girl Up on organizational strategy

  • Get an insider’s view into Girl Up through constant communication with staff, and most significantly, personal relationships

  • Receive intensive skills-based training, professional development opportunities, hands-on learning

  • Gain access to a global network of like-minded peers

  • Meet experts in many fields, including United Nations speakers

  • Receive opportunity and financial support to attend special events and conferences


Application Process:

Every January, Girl Up opens the first round of applications to self-identified teen girls who are ready and excited to change the world. Girl Up selects girls from the first round and invites them to an interview process for the second round. Girl Up notifies the new class of Teen Advisors in April. Teen Advisors serve for one year beginning June 1.


The 2020-2021 Girl Up Teen Advisor application consists of an online application with essay questions, video submission, and letter of recommendation. Only complete applications submitted by 11:59 pm EST on February 29, 2020, will be considered.


Essay questions:


  1. Please explain your involvement with Girl Up to date. No prior commitment to Girl Up is needed to apply. If no prior commitment, please put N/A. (100 words max)

  2. Serving as a Girl Up Teen Advisor requires a significant time commitment, but we also value well rounded applicants and bringing your full self. Please list any other commitments/activities/clubs etc. that will occupy your time next year (June 1, 2020 – May 30, 2021). (75 words)

  3. If you could choose the next spokesperson for Girl Up, who would it be and why? Check out the website for current Champions and choose someone who is NOT already part of our movement. (75 words max)

  4. Think of your personal brand. What would be your personal mission statement? (50 words max)

  5. Fill in the sentence. In my high school’s yearbook, I was voted most likely to or future…. (50 words max)

  6. Describe the community you grew up in and how it influenced you, your upbringing, values, and experiences. What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome? Girl Up is committed to diversity and inclusion in all forms and respects all of our supporters’ complex and varying identities. (250 words max)

  7. What is one social justice issue that you’re passionate about? How would you go about addressing it (with the help of others of course) and benefit your school, community and/or the world? Think of an activity or event you can plan out and list your goals and the steps you would take to execute it. (250 words max)

  8. Video: In a one-minute video, please record yourself answering the following sentence: I’m excited to be a Teen Advisor because I want to ______ (insert issue you’re passionate about). Some examples include: fight climate change, advocate for girls’ education, etc.


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