Scarborough teens champion education for girls in Kenya

Join girl !mpact in their effort to send Kenyan girls to secondary school

TORONTO, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - With a 12,411 km trek to Africa and a 5,893 m Kilimanjaro climb ahead of them, young Toronto girls in a program known as girl !mpact are issuing a plea to Canadians and corporations to donate funds to help them make a difference in the lives of girls around the world. With just days until their departure on September 26th, they are short of their $50,000 fundraising target. It is for this reason that girl !mpact is calling Canadians and corporations to help the girls meet their goal.

"For the past nine months, these 11 young women from some of Toronto's priority neighbourhoods have been fundraising and preparing for an adventure that will greatly impact not only their own lives, but the lives of 10 other girls halfway around the world," says co-founder Leanne Nicolle, girl !mpact. "Because of their hard work, the girls will send several other girls to secondary school in Kenya and they will also climb Mount Kilimanjaro - an experience of a lifetime that is designed to encourage them to continue contributing to a stronger, global community of women through education and mentoring."

The local youth will travel to Kenya at the end of September to volunteer with UNICEF's Kenya Girls Scholarship Programme which aims to assist the millions of girls in sub-Saharan Africa who do not have the opportunity to go to school beyond standard grade 8. The Kenya Girls Scholarship Programme is the only programme in Kenya that covers all costs related to the girl's secondary school education, including uniforms, school supplies, transport, housing, spending money and a volunteer mentor.

As part of the year-long preparation and training program, girl !mpact linked the 11 girls from Scarborough with executive mentors such as Olympian Marnie McBean, to gain learnings and insights otherwise unavailable to them. The goal of the mentorship element of the training was to empower the youth to champion each other and create the most direct route to positive social change at home and around the world. By giving young women the tools they need, be that education or experiences gained outside the school curriculum, we can inspire and build a community of women who support and champion each other.

For more information, please visit www.girlimpact.org

About Girl !mpact

Girl !mpact launched in early 2009 to empower girls to champion and support one another, creating a direct connection between them that fosters the roots of positive social change at home and around the world. Girl !mpact believes that by giving young women the tools they need - be it through education or extra curricular experiences - we can inspire and build a future community of women who are strong, educated, and highly esteemed, and who feel supported by their peers. Girl !mpact is a non-profit organization funded entirely by voluntary contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. www.girlimpact.org.

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