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July 2014: Thank You for Empowering Children and Youth Around the World!

June 27, 2014

Letter from the Editor

Welcome to the July issue!

As the summer heats up, so do things here at Plan International USA.

In June, President and CEO Tessie San Martin visited the White House to meet with First Lady Michelle Obama and her staff about the challenges facing adolescent girls’ education. Plan’s seat at the table with 13 others further solidified its place as a leader in international education and development. Plan’s message is spreading, and we’re even seeing young people take action.

One Maryland teen entrepreneur has been using his latest creation to help Plan prevent disease in Africa. Micah Green has been celebrating his graduation from high school with the launch of his brand new iPhone gaming app, called "Shark Puncher". A quarter of its proceeds will go towards Plan’s work combating malaria in Togo. Download the app now! And get to work punching out malaria!

As with malaria, Plan has been on the front lines in the fight against Ebola, which has been spreading throughout West Africa much of this year, and we need your help in aiding local authorities in logistics and the distribution of public health information. With your support, we can help curb this deadly outbreak.

Ever wonder exactly where Plan International USA is making a difference across the world? Thanks to InterAction – a coalition of NGOs dedicated to global change – there is now an interactive map to show areas where Plan is actively engaged. Check it out!

Turning the calendar to July means this year’s YUGA Leadership Summit at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI is almost here. There are just a few spots left and one of them could be yours! Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis. The summit, which trains teenagers (14-18 years old) in leadership and global grassroots advocacy, runs from July 28 to Aug. 1. Apply today!

Also this month, we’re continuing our commitment to education, which is important in helping to improve lives, break the cycle of poverty, and ensure that all people, particularly girls and women, have control over their destiny.

Despite global progress, 126 million children remain out of primary and lower secondary school around the world. Of these, 65 million are girls. But you can help! You can provide pencils, papers, and books for a child who needs it by giving a Gift of Hope!

On behalf of everyone at Plan, we thank you for your support and hope that you enjoy this month's issue!

This Day Was About Moussa

When Plan sponsor Jane Hamil arrived in the village of a young boy in Senegal, their meeting began with a timid handshake. In a few short hours, though, it grew into a life-long emotional bond.

Read about Jane’s journey to visit her sponsored child Moussa – and how you can do the same.

The Journey to Effective Leadership

Tina’s home country of Madagascar, forced marriage and child pregnancy are commonplace. But despite the odds, she has broken through barriers normally faced by women like her and has dedicated her life to helping other women do the same.

See how her participation in Plan’s CEDPA Global Women in Management (GWIM) Workshop this month is her latest stop in a lifelong journey toward effective leadership.

Inspired to Do More

As youth leaders from around the world come together this month for the Youth United for Global Action and Awareness (YUGA) Leadership Summit, one of YUGA’s founders, and a current youth representative to Plan’s advisory board, shares the many ways Plan changed her life.

Find out why Marisa Haire thinks the future is now – and how youth have the power to change the world!