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10/07/2013 09:46 am ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

Let Girls Lead Video Contest: Riya Singh, Bay Area Girl Leader

Riya Singh, 17 -- San Mateo, CA

Riya Singh is a girl leader based in San Francisco who is committed to supporting girls' leadership around the world. Riya has worked as a teen advisor for GirlUp, where she works to build global commitment to investing in girls around the world, and raises funds and support for girls in developing countries. Riya hopes to open a chapter of GirlUp in the Bay Area.

Riya's Story: Hi there. My name is Riya Singh and last year I served as a teen advisor for the United Nations Foundation campaign called GirlUp. And this year I have been invited back as a co-chair. Through my years as teen advisor, I have been able to do so many great things including fundraising, raising awareness and advocating for girls in developing countries, girls just like me. I have been able to mobilize several different schools in my community to start clubs as well as my own school. We have been very successful with various events and I am hoping to start a Bay Area Coalition of GirlUp clubs in the near future. More importantly, I hope that through my work I have made some sort of difference in the lives of girls just like me.

Let Girls Lead is a global movement that empowers girls and their allies to lead social change through advocacy, education, economic empowerment, storytelling and strategic partnerships. Let Girls Lead's vision is that girls have the power to transform their own lives, families, communities and the world. Let Girls Lead's Global Girls' Conversation will highlight girls' power to create change by sharing their own solutions through short videos.

The Global Girls' Conversation video contest is an exciting opportunity for girls, organizations working with girls and girls' allies to submit one to two-minute videos capturing girls' solutions and successes. In partnership with The Huffington Post, Let Girls Lead will feature these compelling videos on the Global Girls' Conversation interactive platform and on Huffington Post's Global Motherhood column, sharing girls' power to lead change with a global audience. Contest winners will receive $10,000 in cash, equipment, and training to create their own short films. For more information, please visit here.

Riya Singh, GirlUp leader, and Denise Dunning, Executive Director of Let Girls Lead, will be speaking on October 9 at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco. To register for the event or for more information please visit the event site here.

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