Girls United

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.
Text by Estrellita S. Sibila | May 29, 2018 | People

Girl Rising
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.

Empowering Example
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.

Supply Share
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.

Sande Taylor