Youth Ambassadors Who are 13-19
Youth Ambassadors Who are 13-19
Alabama Youth Ambassador! Mary-McClain
My name is Mary-McClain, I am 13 years old and I live in Demopolis, AL. This past year my heart was broken when a missionary friend, who had just returned home from Uganda, told me about sex trafficking. A short while later my church youth group attended an event at a local church where I learned even more about sex trafficking and that it is the 2nd largest criminal enterprise in the world, after drugs. I left the event knowing I had to do something… I just didn’t know what. That is until I came across Dress a Girl Around The World.My name is Mary-McClain, I am 13 years old and I live in Demopolis, AL. This past year my heart was broken when a missionary friend, who had just returned home from Uganda, told me about sex trafficking. A short while later my church youth group attended an event at a local church where I learned even more about sex trafficking and that it is the 2nd largest criminal enterprise in the world, after drugs. I left the event knowing I had to do something… I just didn’t know what. That is until I came across Dress a Girl Around The World.
Dress A Girl Around The World is an organization made up of people that gather together to sew dresses for girls in all parts of the world. These people join together to sew because they believe that every girl deserves the dignity of owning at least one dress. A Dress A Girl label is sewn to the outside of each dress to send a message to would-be predators that the girl wearing the dress is well cared for by an organization. The Dress A Girl label is my favorite part about the Dress A Girl Around The World Organization because it gives me the opportunity to “do something” about sex trafficking while also helping to give dignity to girls all over the world.
When I first read about Dress A Girl Around The Word on Facebook, I immediately walked to my grandmother’s house next door. My grandmother, best known as Nene, is a fantastic seamstress… it is actually what she does for a living. I have enjoyed sewing with her for years. In less than 2 hours, my first dress was complete.
Monday, July 1st, 2013, I am holding my first Dress A Girl Around The World Event with the help of my Nene. My family and I are going on a mission trip July 7th – 14th to the Blue Ridge Mountains of northeastern Georgia and it is my goal to have enough dresses to hand deliver to the girls in the Hispanic community where we will be ministering. I plan to host more DAG Events after my mission trip and do my part in providing dignity and safety to girls all around the world.
Arizona Youth Ambassador--Ashlyn
Ashlyn is the 2015 Miss Phoenix Outstanding Teen and 2016
Miss Glendale's Outstanding Teen titleholder in the Miss America
Organization. She is a courageous and compassionate teenager looking to
make a difference in the world. Her motto is “Think globally, act locally”. As
a youth ambassador for “Dress A Girl Around the World” she actively
participates in creating sewing events, working at the Dress A Girl
warehouse and speaking about the Dress A Girl mission. Ashlyn says, “I feel
beautiful, confident, strong, courageous and dignified when I wear a new
dress. Sadly, many girls my age have never experienced these empowering
feelings because they are living in poverty with little to no education. I want
every girl to have a new dress to feel confident and beautiful in.”
Our Oregon Youth Ambassador--Lauren
Hi everyone! This is Lauren and I am the new Oregon youth advocate. I discovered "Dress A Girl Around the World" on Facebook when I was looking for projects to get involved with for completing an advocacy towards my wo-he-lo award for Camp Fire. I have been in 4-H since 4th grade and I love to sew, and always enter all kinds of things in our county fair. With the economy so tight, entries in fair are really low. I put together a flyer to encourage kids to make a dress to donate and enter it in our "Made for Others" category. This year it is the 100th Anniversary of the Oregon extension service. My goal is to get 100 dresses made this year, and hopefully many of them entered in fair. I also created a special ribbon to give out to the 4-H kids. I am hoping that this will encourage not only to start entering items in their county fair, but also "dress a girl."
Alexandra--Our Maryland Youth Ambassador
Alexandra Martin is thrilled to have the opportunity to help spread the Dress a Girl Around the World message. She took her first sewing class at the age of 7 and has been creating designs ever since. For the past three years she has participated in and helped run her school?s annual fashion show. As a youth rep she has brought the Hope 4 Women International Program to her school and hopes that this will inspire individuals to get involved and help to supply young girls around the world with a dress they can call their own.
I’m excited about the Dress a Girl Around The World program. I like the idea of providing dresses for little girls that may not otherwise have a new dress. My goal is to contribute 100 dresses in the next year. I’ve talked to classmates, relatives and community members about the project and they’re all excited and willing to help out. I’ve also spoken with my dentist about sending dresses with him on his next humanitarian trip to Haiti.
My grandmother was a seamstress and I was fortunate that she taught me all the basics about sewing before she passed away. Now I can use those skills to bring a smile to a little girl’s face.
New Mexico Youth Ambassador--Alyssa
My name is Alyssa. I am 17 years old and I live in Farmington, New Mexico. I found Dress A Girl through some friends who had discovered it online and had brought it to our area. After attending some of the initial events, I agreed to take over the leadership of the local events.
I love the feeling that I am making a difference in the world. Dress A Girl provides a dress for girls who may not have many of their own possessions. They also provide them with the dignity that is due to them not only as human beings but as girls and young women. In addition, these dresses provide security and safety against sex trafficking. Being a part of this is a great honor and I am so glad I am involved.
Mississippi Youth Ambassador--Lizzie
My name is Lizzie, I am from Brookhaven, Mississippi. I just recently found out about Dress a Girl Around The World. As soon as my mom told me about it I instantly new I wanted to be involved. I have completed 5 dresses already and I'm planning on making lots more, as well as getting many more people involved!
Washington Youth Ambassador--Christine
My name is Christine and as a long time Girl Scout I’ve learned the importance of making a difference in the lives of others. It was through Girl Scouts that I first became aware of Dress a Girl Around the World. I knew I wanted to become involved with this organization when I began looking for a project for my Girl Scout Silver Award. As a girl helping girls I’m excited about sharing the vision of Dress A Girl and inspiring my community of friends, neighbors, churches and others to join me in sewing dresses which provide safety and joy to so many girls in need. This fun and creative service opportunity has a serious and lasting global impact that I’m proud to be a part of.
Halifax Canada Youth Ambassador - Ashley
My name is Ashley and I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I came across Dress A Girl last year when I was looking for an outreach project for my church and school to get involved with. I immediately knew this was the project I wanted to do when I came across the website.
After many pillowcase donations, members from my church and school community came together for a sewing party and sewed over 150 dresses.
We are planning on taking these dresses on our mission trip this March to the Dominican Republic and see directly how this will change a young girls life. I was so happy to see how so many different people came together to make this project a success.
Knowing that people live in poverty breaks my heart, and makes me want to do my part to make their life better.
As a teenage girl who has the privilege of owning many dresses, I can't begin to imagine not having even one dress to call my own!
Dress A Girl Is such a simple yet great campaign that helps so many girls feel loved and important. I love helping others and spreading God's love. I definitely think by being a part of the Dress A Girl team, it can help me with my dream to help others even more.
Toronto Canada Youth Ambassador - Nia
My Name is Nia and I am a grade eleven student from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I have moved across Canada, living in the cities of Victoria, West Vancouver, and now finally Toronto. With involvement with Student Council, Environment Club, Model United Nations, Free the Children, Second Harvest, and Cheerleading, I dedicate the majority of my time to my school and community. Dress a Girl Around the World interestea me because of the significant impact one dress can make on a girl. Sewing dresses enables me to discover and develop my own creativity while providing love and dignity to girls. I have introduced Dress a Girl Around the World to my school and also want to continue to promote the organization to others. I hope to broaden the awareness of Dress a Girl Around the World throughout Canada while continuing to sew my own dresses!