Our First Period Kit helps make sure girls feel prepared and empowered when it comes to their period. It’s been a year since we first introduced it, and to celebrate we’re highlighting some inspiring young women who are helping empower girls in other ways, too.
Eliza is a co-founder of the Girls Empowerment Movement (GEM), a group of high schoolers who are passionate about giving young girls the inspiration and information they need to take on middle school, high school, and the world! On 4/28 they’ll host the inaugural GEMfest, a day of conversation and celebration that will provide girls ages 11 to 14 with tools for success including topics such as entrepreneurship, STEM, body image, relationships and self-confidence.
Jade is proud to be an ambassador for Zenzy, a digital health and wellness platform dedicated to providing the tools required for teen girls to access and engage in the new-age wellness industry. Also, when Jade was in 4th grade, she learned there are more children in shelters every night in NYC than adult men and women combined, so she does as much as she can to help through The Coalition for the Homeless.
Adiah actively advocates for social justice within her role as a mentor with Horizons, a high-quality, tuition-free, immersive academic and enrichment program for low-income children across the country. There, she doesn’t just mentor younger girls, she inspires them — because she, too, was once a Horizons student. “Horizons has helped care for and nurture me for as long as I can remember, so I volunteer with Horizons to pay back and make the same positive impact on others.”
Having grown up in poverty, Treasure understood firsthand the effects of feminine hygiene product inaccessibility. To aid women in similar circumstances, Treasure developed an educational program that brings young women ages 13 to 18 together to donate feminine hygiene products to the homeless. Treasure was a 2016-2017 ELLA Fellow at Sadie Nash Leadership Project, which helps promote leadership and activism among young women.
The combination of living with eight chronic illnesses and learning how to code through Kode with Klossy the summer before freshman year was the perfect recipe for initiating change. Samantha started inVISABLE, a social media platform to connect the chronically ill community. It is currently an Instagram (in.visable) that features young adults and shows their illnesses in a positive light, and is in the midst of coding a IOS app for it.