Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Yahoo! and Girls for a Change Program! #CleversForAChange

The following is a post sponsored by Yahoo! Every time someone clicks here to make Yahoo! their homepage, they're showing their support for Girls For A Change.

I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

Thanks to Yahoo, the Clever Girls Collective's latest challenge is to help raise $10,000 for the Girls for a Change Program and you can help out. But first, you might want to know a little bit more about Girls for a Change!
Girls For A Change (GFC) is a national organization that empowers girls to create social change. We invite young women to design, lead, fund and implement social change projects that tackle issues girls face in their own neighborhoods. GFC empowers girls for personal and social transformation. The program inspires girls to have the voice, ability and problem solving capacity to speak up, be decision makers, create visionary change and realize their full potential."

In completing the GFC program, girls will gain an increase in four areas:
  • Self-efficacy (belief in one’s personal power to produce an effect)
  • Authentic relationships with women volunteers, called coaches
  • Social Change skills (critical thinking, problem solving, resource development, and networking)
  • The ability and confidence to express and implement their ideas
I just checked out the site and it looks really great! Essentially they pair teen girls up with active adult women mentors. They have what is called Girl Action Teams which consist of 10 girls and two women coaches. They pick an issue they would like to tackle and they work together to plan and implement actions to make a social change. How awesome is that? I was a school counselor so I know how important it is to have responsible and caring female role models for our young girls. They need someone who can help instill pride, determination and self worth during those teen years. There are so many challenges that young girls have to deal with on their own so it's great to know there are programs out there that are willing to help make a difference. Trust me, it would probably cut down on the amount of teens seeking counseling!

Now- what can you do to help??? 

Simple- Just click HERE and make Yahoo your homepage. It's simple and takes only a few minutes of your time. We need 1,000 people to make this change by July 1 in order to donate the goal of $10,000 to Girls For Change! Yahoo! will donate $10 to GFC  for each person who makes this change! So what are you waiting for? Start clicking! 

Here's more about the Yahoo! homepage to help with your decision:
  1. Personalized content: The Yahoo! homepage delivers you the most relevant content based on your interests, time of day, and what’s most popular with other users like you.
  2. Your World and The World: The Yahoo! homepage uniquely brings together your world (your email, local news) with the world around you (current events, entertainment news, financial updates and more)
  3. Human Interest: Articles on the homepage have a human approach – more than just news, it delivers human interest stories that you just have to click on.
 I just clicked and made the change for myself. It was easy and painless! I just drug over the yahoo! icon to my home page icon and confirmed that I wanted to make it my homepage. Thanks in advance to everyone who takes the time to make a positive difference in a young girl's life by making this simple change! =)

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