Dec 15, 2021

The United Nations Foundation: Start a Girl Up Chapter

  • Emily Tan Yi Lyn
  • Worldwide
Volunteering/Community Service/Social Entreprenuership Club or Organization Skill Building


We believe in the power of girls.
Girls have a tremendous, often untapped power to change the world. Girl Up helps girls access their inner power to advance the skills, rights, and opportunities of girls everywhere. Girl Up was founded by the UN Foundation in 2010 as an initiative to help support UN agencies that focus on adolescent girls. We focus on building leadership within individual girls first, including self-confidence, personal accountability and long-term aspirations.

Our programs help girls to hone their skills in community organizing, goal setting, and effective communication. Girls who complete our programming report increased confidence, higher levels of civic participation, and a stronger conviction and ability to take action for global good. All around the world, our network of a million supporters is mobilizing for gender equality. Will you stand with us?

Through education, fundraising, advocacy and service, Girl Up Club members develop the leadership skills necessary to make a positive impact in the lives of girls everywhere. Who can start a Club? Middle school, junior high, high school or homeschooled students. As our most active supporters, Girl Up Club members make a difference in the lives of girls around the world, empowering their communities near and far. Girl Up provides a platform and guides girls along their journey from leader to changemaker with specialized programming in organizing, advocacy, fundraising, and communications. Our programming exposes girl leaders to issues at the intersection of gender equality and sports, STEM, storytelling, and more – we position girls to be leaders across industries where women are underrepresented.

Join us and be part of the growing Girl Up movement around the world.

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From 2017-2019, I was the President of my high school's Girl Up chapter in Malaysia. I successfully spearheaded our growth from 6 to 42 members and organized a series of fundraising and advocacy events to raise money to buy bicycles for girls in Nigeria to go to school under the UN Foundation's SchoolCycle program. I also organized our inaugural hallmark event -- Period Awareness Day that partnered with the Women's Aid Organization and a medical clinic to raise funds to donate over 1000 sanitary pads to a domestic violence victim shelter. Our club beat 7 others and won "Best New Student Organization" at my high school's annual student organization awards. 

If you are interested in this opportunity and want to chat more about someone who has gone through this experience, feel free to reach out to me at: