Area Adolescents Get Ready To 'Girl Up' | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Area Adolescents Get Ready To 'Girl Up'

Play associated audio

By Jessica Gould

Hundreds of girls will converge on THEARC in Anacostia Saturday to show their support for young women across the world. The United Nations Foundation is calling on D.C. area adolescents to "Girl Up."

"Girl Up is the foundation's newest campaign, and it's basically to empower American girls to support their peers in developing countries," says Jennifer Kim Field, head of the Girl Up program.

And she says the foundation is asking girls to give a "high five" to their sisters abroad.

"So that means learning five facts," she says.

Like, one in seven girls in developing countries marries before age 15.

Or, she says, they can "encourage five friends to hold fundraisers."

Or they can simply give $5 for school supplies, clean water, health care or violence prevention.

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington is co-hosting the event. Field says the goal is to inspire the next generation of what she calls "philanthro-teens" to make a difference.

NPR

FX's 'The Bridge' Finds Authenticity In Spanish-Language Scenes

NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans visited the set of FX's cross-border crime drama, discovering the way the show's Spanish-language scenes help reveal new dimensions to the series' Mexican characters.
NPR

From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren't as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.
WAMU 88.5

Legal Limbo No More: Bill To Go Before D.C. Council Lays Out Ridesharing Rules

Cab drivers in D.C. have long complained that their app-based, ridesharing competition are unregulated. Now D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is introducing a bill that would address these concerns.

NPR

'Ello' Aims For A Return To Ad-Free Social Networking

Ello is the viral social network of the moment. Ad free, invite only and with the option of anonymity, it's generating tons of chatter as the latest alternative to Facebook.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.