Q+A: Sophia D. '19

Sophia D. '19 answers three questions about her work with Girl Up.

Sophia Danielpour ‘19 is one of 21 Teen Advisors for Girl Up, an organization promoting the health, safety, education, and leadership of girls in developing countries. Sophia is currently organizing a second Girl Up Leadership Summit at Marlborough, scheduled to take place in February 2018.

Why did you get involved with Girl Up?
Girl Up is very focused on grassroots participation by its supporters, the majority of whom are girls. As a result, I believed that the campaign would allow me to make a meaningful difference in the world, even at my age. 

Which experience with Girl Up  has been the most impactful for you? 
Last summer, I participated in Girl Up’s Lobby Day at their Leadership Summit. We sat down with representatives, including my own congressman, to emphasize the importance of education for girls and the Protecting Girls’ Access to Education Act. THe bill would make safe, quality education for girls in vulnerable settings a U.S. foreign policy priority. This day demonstrated to me that despite our age, as girls we can truly make a difference and effectively catalyze change. 
 
What advice do you have for a middle school student interested in getting involved?
Pursue your passions. Middle school is a great time to delve into areas of interest with less pressure. I was really interested in feminism and girls’ education, so I looked for organizations that would allow me to pursue those interests. Teens shouldn’t be afraid of using their voices and devoting energy to their interests.
 


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