By: Nikki W.
My favorite call-to-action this week: “Let’s show the world what a cupcake is really made of.”
Tammy Tibbetts from She’s the First has a great piece up at Huffington Post highlighting the awe-inspiring story of Lindsay Brown and her tie-dyed cupcakes that helped change the world for three girls in Nepal.
When Lindsay Brown, a junior at the University of Notre Dame, decided to host a bake sale in her dorm last year to fundraise for girls’ education at the Kopila Valley Children’s School, she had no idea that she was launching a movement. But her success, raising $900 with her soccer teammates to sponsor three girls in Nepal, did just that. Bake sale fundraisers are nothing new, of course… until you throw some food coloring into the mix.
Lindsay’s change-the-world cupcakes are tie-dyed, which we found at She’s the First makes them utterly irresistible. She’s the First is a non-profit that partners with the most underserved but impactful schools in the developing world and empowers American youth to creatively fundraise for girls’ sponsorships. We focus on girls because of the 130 million youth who are out of school around the globe, 70 percent of them are girls. The girls we sponsor are typically the first in their families to graduate primary or secondary school.
This is an action close to our heart at Day of the Girl – our sister organization School Girls Unite has a long-standing education sponsorship program with girls in Mali. Now, She’s the First is helping focus national attention on the effort to give girls the educations they’ve been denied.
She’s the First now declares November 1-8, 2011 a Tie-Dye Cupcake Bake-Off, raising a call to action for 200+ high schools and colleges to host their own tie-dye bake sales to sponsor girls’ education with us. You can see the bake sale sign-ups start to sprinkle our Google Map at shesthefirst.org/cupcakes.
Encourage the young women in your life to sign up to host a tie-dye cupcake bake sale at their school, too: shesthefirst.org/cupcakes. I know there are many more Lindsay Brown’s out there, and each one of them also has a girl — or three! — on the other side of the world whom she can impact.
You can be sure we’ll get our cupcake on in November to help support She’s the First and the Tie-Dy Cupcake Bake-Off!