As anyone who has followed us since the beginning knows, She’s the First started in November 2009 with a solitary mission — to sponsor girls’ education in the developing world. However, in the process of fulfilling that mission, we saw that we also had the unique opportunity to drive involvement, leadership, and experience among students in the U.S., as they fundraise, sponsor, and often visit their counterparts in various countries. We now have a double-edged mission!
Stephanie Guzman, who just finished her freshman year at the City College of New York, is one of those extraordinary students paying it forward and learning so much in the process. Since she goes to college in NYC, she volunteers at the big She’s the First-hosted events — GIRLS WHO ROCK and the She’s the First Soiree last November 1st. She’s used her communications skills to obtain donations from a former employer and major companies like Steve Madden.
We are so proud of Steph and honored that She’s the First could spark that ah-ha moment that totally changed her career path! Check out the column she wrote for her campus newspaper this past June.