This post is a guest blog by She’s the First volunteer Daisy Arriaga. Are you supporting girls’ education in a fun and innovative way? Email and you may be featured on the blog!

I am a first-generation U.S. citizen and the first in my family to graduate from college (Ithaca College, Class of 2013), and then enroll in a Master’s program. I’m also the first to get involved in the jewelry business, and I’m about to show you why that’s something of interest to you!

My first encounter with She’s the First was being trained by the founder, Tammy Tibbetts, on how to use social media effectively. In the summer of 2011, I was hired by The Young Women’s Leadership School in New York City, also known as TYWLS, to be a camp counselor. The mission of the summer camp was to work with primarily incoming 6th and 9th graders to transition them into either middle or high school.

When I learned more about how She’s the First was founded, I knew that this was an organization I could invest my time in. It wasn’t just about the difficulty of obtaining an education in the U.S., it was about the world not being equal–and I was able to do something about it. Thus, I founded the Ithaca College Chapter in the Fall of 2012, my senior year.

Upon graduation, I was sad to leave my She’s the First family behind. I needed to find a way to support She’s the First as an alumna, because the mission was dear to my heart and shouldn’t end when I graduate from college.

In July of 2013, I found it! I became involved with Origami Owl as an independent designer. Origami Owl is a company founded by a 16-year-old girl named Bella who wanted to empower women with lockets. These lockets are designed by you to tell your story and with that keeping a reminder of who you are and your goals with you at all times.

With this mission I have decided to sell lockets and donate 15% of my profits to sponsoring a girl. To me I am not selling just lockets, but instead I am selling something that will remind people of who they are. The reason I chose to donate to She’s the First is because I would like to give a girl the opportunity to be educated.

I am working on my Master’s in Social Work, and I able to get this far because I had financial support to help me achieve my goal, so why shouldn’t I do the same for a girl in another country? My goal is to sponsor at least two students each year with my lockets.

Daisy Arriaga

Independent Designer #35899