The UN Foundation's Girl Up campaign will hold its first-ever Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. this weekend, bringing together celebrities, women leaders, and hundreds of teens from across the country in an event that will equip girls in the United States with the leadership skills necessary to support girls around the world.

Monique Coleman will attend the event, along with 16 Teen Advisors and 100 teens from across the country, as well as teens from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa (via live stream).

At the Girl Up Leadership Summit teen girls will both run and attend workshops run that focus on developing leadership skills in community and school organizing, event planning, advocacy, communications and fundraising – all in effort to raise awareness and take action to help their peers in Malawi, Liberia, Ethiopia, and Guatemala.

Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, gives American girls ages 13-18 the opportunity to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. Through Girl Up’s support, girls have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders. Teen supporters are encouraged to give a “High Five” to girls in developing countries by donating $5 or more to provide girls with such basic needs as access to school supplies, clean water, life-saving health services, safety from violence and more.

Where: House of Sweden (2900 K Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20007)

When: Saturday, March 10, 2012 (8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST)

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