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Katy Ma
Katy Ma is a senior at Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and a teen activist. She currently interns at Givology, a grassroots organization that funds education projects and helps children worldwide receive the means to a quality education. Givology is a 100-percent volunteer-run organization created in 2008 which, so far, has contributed over $300,000 to support projects all over the world! She founded the "I Am Proud" campaign, a project that aims to encourage teens to share their stories, build self esteem, and embrace positive body image--regardless of the projections of 'beauty' constructed by mainstream media and advertising. Above all, she hopes that the campaign can provide teens with a supportive environment that promotes personal growth. She believes that teens have the power to change the world by defying negative influences and chasing their individual passions. To check out her campaign, visit: Growing up, Katy has lived in Boston, New York City, Memphis, and a small rural town in China -- which, combined, has fostered in a her a great affinity for travelling and exploration. As an Asian-American, she is fascinated by the study of different cultures and loves meeting people from diverse backgrounds. For fun, she enjoys music, socializing, painting, and watching films!"

Entries by Katy Ma

Smart Girls Conference 2014: Inspiring Girls to be Bold Change-Makers

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 4:42 PM

On July 9 and 10, over 300 girls from more than 30 states and six countries gathered under one roof in New York City for the very first Smart Girls Conference.

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The Smart Girls story is an amazing one: Upon graduating high school, Emily...

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Just A Reminder: You're Not Crazy for Being an Introvert

(68) Comments | Posted November 30, 2013 | 1:04 PM

I remember taking one of those "introduce yourself" icebreaker surveys back in middle school and one of the questions read, "Are you an introvert or extrovert?" I circled "extrovert" fully knowing that it was untrue, yet out of middle school naiveté and a yearning for social aptitude, I so desperately...

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What Is the International Day of the Girl Child?

(4) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 5:30 PM

On October 11th, thousands of activists, students, schools, and organizations all around the world will join together to celebrate the International Day of the Girl, an official United Nations resolution established in 2011. This year's theme is "Innovating for Girls' Education" focusing on how educating girls...

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17 Things I Want Myself to Remember Senior Year

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 11:58 AM

When I was a pre-teen, I thought being 17 would be glamorous. But here's the reality: 17 is that awkward in-between age where you can have a driver's license but you can't vote, where you're neither a child nor an adult... you're just awkward. Birthdays never claimed a significant importance...

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Teens: Find Your Passion in Volunteering This Summer!

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 12:13 PM

Did you know in America alone, teens volunteer over 2.4 billion hours each year? My passion for volunteering first developed from doing service projects with my youth group in middle school.

Since then, I've had the opportunity to try a wide array of different activities. My favorite experience,...

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How Are You?

(5) Comments | Posted June 15, 2013 | 3:28 PM

So your acquaintance asks, "How are you?" and to relieve them of the burden of an extended reply you say, simply, "Good." In response, perhaps they nod their head slowly or smile appropriately and toss in a lighthearted laugh. And without another word the conversation is shifted abruptly to an...

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