She's the First

#BakeAChange 2014

A few years ago, I never would have thought that a tie-dye cupcake would hold any significant meaning for me.

Now, after being part of She’s the First for a little more than a year, I know that tie-dye cupcakes are one of the most unique tools to effect change in the global education of girls.


Last week was the 4th Annual Tie-Dye Cupcake Campaign for She’s the First, where almost 150 cupcake teams, comprised of college and high school campus chapters, as well as many other generous proponents for girls’ education, worked to fund raise from October 26th to November 1st.

Since its creation in 2010 by Notre Dame alum Lindsay Brown, this marvelous campaign has flourished and has been able to raise over $70,000 to enable many girls in She’s the First’s 10 partner schools to continue to receive an education, despite difficulties with family, culture, and money.

Through this campaign, absolutely anyone can make a difference in a girl’s life, while also raising awareness for the need to educate women in a super sweet way!

This year, my chapter of She’s the First at Simmons College was able to participate in #BakeAChange week, raising $100 by selling tie-dye cupcakes and other goodies in dorms and on the quad of our residential campus. Although, since we are not yet an official organization on campus and were not able to hold our bake sales on the academic campus, we had an incredible time connecting with students in their dorm lounges and relaxation spaces.

It was definitely an inspiring week for me. To see my fellow board and general members working so hard for this cause filled my heart with so much warmth and hope. It is campaigns like this one that remind me of the community that She’s the First has built amongst all of the campus chapters.

We are a growing mass of passionate, determined individuals who believe in a better world. And we are working to create this world by providing opportunities for the underprivileged throughout the world.

While I worked with my fellow She’s the First members to bake these colorful cupcakes, I felt a connection with the entire She’s the First community and the girls who the funds will be sent to. That, I believe, is part of the strength of this organization, and why I am so happy to be a part of it.

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