What’s better than a cupcake? A cupcake that’s calorie-free! She’s the First…is doing a modern bake sale this holiday season.
“My vision is a world where youth around the world define their aspirations based on brave ‘firsts’ and achieve them with peer-to-peer support.”
Tammy Tibbetts wants to make something clear. Despite the fact that she was the brainchild behind She’s the First, a three-year-old organization that has raised thousands of dollars for girls’ education in Latin America, Africa and Asia, she is not the only hero here. “Collaboration is key to our impact,” says the organization’s 26-year-old president.
Tibbetts launched She’s the First (shesthefirst.org), a nonprofit organization that sponsors young women’s educations in eight developing countries, giving them the tools to become the first in their families to graduate from secondary school. “Many of these girls have illiterate parents,” says Tibbetts, who was the first college graduate in her own family. “Together, we’re breaking barriers.”
In the 20th anniversary issue of Teen Voices, Spring/Summer 2011, She’s the First is highlighted among 10 organizations and teen girls doing great things to empower their peers and bring about change. Click to see the page!
This month, we’re covering women making change — big and small — around the world. Today, in partnership with She’s The First, we’re featuring a letter from a young Tanzanian woman, Elizabeth David. Below, she shares her story, goals and role models.
On the spectrum of flashy fundraisers, a bake sale may not be the first event to come to mind, but with one bake sale, She’s the First put three girls through a year of school in Nepal.
Tammy Tibbetts, President/Founder, is a contributor to The Huffington Post. Past blog posts include: “A Tie-Dye Cupcake Can Change the World,” “Music is Universal. Education Should Be Too.”, “A First Birthday Like None Other”, “How Social Networking is Helping Millennial Women Change the World”
Our friend Tammy Tibbetts founded She’s The First, a nonprofit that matches girls in developing nations with donors to fund their education. Now, believe you me, when Tibbetts gets on the Twitter and announces that She’s The First is looking for a pro bono printer for some stationery, her followers rack their brains and pitch in if they can.
Here, meet collegiettes™ across the country we think exemplify the power of being the first. Then, you can pay it forward by starting a chapter of She’s the First at your university.
Tweetups are actual gatherings of Twitter users offline to discuss a particular topic, like this
The winner of the contest is She’s The First, a not-for-profit that sponsors girls’ education in the developing world!
While attending school may seem like a necessity, it is actually an unaffordable luxury for many underprivileged young women. She’s the First promotes media awareness of this issue, and provides a directory of schools that young women are eligible to attend via sponsorship worldwide.
Grass-roots empowerment group She’s the First is on a mission to get girls in the Third World first-rate education as a means to ending poverty.
Tons of celebs have donated their time and efforts to be part of the mission. In fact, when I went to the She’s The First Soiree celebrating the organization’s first birthday on Nov. 1, I ran into singers Shontelle and Cara Salimando. And JoJo also had taped a message just for the big bash!
Tammy Tibbetts, President/Founder, is the Social Change Ambassador for Levi’s ShapeWhatstoCome.com community for Millennial women.