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Success G i v ing
The Girl Up campaign, created by the United Nations Foundation,
mobilizes American girls to raise awareness and funds for adolescent
girls in developing countries. Charles Schwab’s Sande Taylor found
a few ways to leverage her time, talent & treasure to help their
mission…and you can, too.
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Millions have seen Girl Rising, a film that journeys around
the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and
the power of education to change the world. In the movie,
9 unforgettable girls living in the developing world confront
tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible
odds to pursue their dreams. Through a partnership with
a local Girl Up Club, Sande Taylor, who served as a Teen
Advisor, was able to host 65 mothers & daughters from
Carrollton School Of The Sacred Heart for a screening of
the film at the Coral Gables branch of Charles Schwab, with
the company making a $2,500 donation to the cause.
Sande Taylor took her 15 years of financial, leadership
and community engagement experience to Washington
D.C. to participate in the first-ever Girl Up Ideation
Camp. The Camp utilized Intel’s unique youth-focused
entrepreneurial training process to help Girl Up design
a strategy to engage college students in the campaign’s
efforts to support girls in developing countries. Throughout the 4-day conference, Taylor
served as a mentor to the 50 college students who were in attendance and facilitated
programming focused on the importance of the organization on female empowerment,
education and expanding presence on college campuses across the country.
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Knowing that education is a key goal of the Girl Up
campaign, Sande Taylor and her colleagues at Charles
Schwab joined forces to gather much-needed school
supplies for The Girl Up Ethiopia Project. Refugee
families living in Ethiopia are not allowed to work,
resulting in poverty that often means girls are unable
to go to school. The African nation often prioritizes essential needs such as food and
shelter, as well as sending boys to school, over girls’ education. With the help of Girl
Up, the UN is working to make sure that Somali refugee girls in Ethiopia are healthy,
safe and educated. Girls receive school materials, solar lamps to study at night, and
scholarships to attend school.