Last fall I went to New York (insert New York song - it's what dreams are made of, I hear) and attended my first blogging conference - the one and only BlogHer. I met some awesome female bloggers, including Aunt Becky of Mommy Wants Vodka fame, whom I nearly tackled coming out of a party that I couldn't get into (I was late and the place was packed, bah!). She was quite gracious about it, thankfully!
A few months after I came home, I found out that Aunt Becky had launched Band Back Together, which is a new little blogging baby of hers that has simply EXPLODED since it went live last fall. I immediately fell in love with the group blogging site and its mission, which is: "Through the power of real stories written by real people, we can work together to destigmatize mental illness, abuse, rape, baby loss and other traumas so that we may learn, grow, and heal." I simply had to be part of this and thankfully, Becky was accepting volunteers.
The site is less than a year old and has over 1,000 members contributing. There are over 100 resource pages to connect people with information about anything from divorce to teen pregnancy (and more are added almost daily). Becky and the rest of the Brains Behind the Band put in countless (unpaid!) hours every day to continually improve the site and support the contributors who share so much of themselves in order to get help and help others.
I feel so incredibly lucky to be part of this site and work with so many women who want to do good things for the blogging world (plus Becky's husband The Daver, who is also a vital part of the whole operation!). I am inspired by Becky's ability to bring this to life in such a short time AND make it so successful (the site has already won a Bloggie and was recognized as one of the Top 25 Mental Wellness Blogs). And Becky doesn't stop with the good ideas - she has recently invited teens into the fold at Band Back Together and plans to tackle non-profit paperwork next.
Which brings me to another very special non-profit organization out there called Girls For a Change. In their own words,
Girls For A Change (GFC) is a national organization that empowers girls to create social change. We invite young women to design, lead, fund and implement social change projects that tackle issues girls face in their own neighborhoods. GFC empowers girls for personal and social transformation. The program inspires girls to have the voice, ability and problem solving capacity to speak up, be decision makers, create visionary change and realize their full potential.
I'm sure you can see the similarities here. I love that this organization is working with girls of an impressionable age to inspire, empower, and make them aware of their own strengths and influence on society. I believe this is a great way to turn little girls into adult advocates and drivers of social change (perhaps like an Aunt Becky).
If you'd like to give a helping hand to Girls For A Change, Yahoo! is making it easy for you - click this link and follow the instructions to make Yahoo! your homepage between now and July 1st. For each person who does this, Yahoo! will donate $10 to GFC, up to a total of $10,000. We have until this Friday to find 1,000 individuals to meet this goal!
Please pass on this message, tweet with the hashtag #cleversforachange, get the word out on Facebook or other social networks. I'd love to wake up Friday and see that $10K goal met!