Happy ‘Day of the Girl’! Meet 5 Local Girls to Look Up To

Celebrate International Day of the Girl by learning about standout girls in the D.C. area, and programs you can recommend to the girls in your life.

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Instead of throwing a regular party for her 12th birthday earlier this month, D.C. resident Priya Allen hosted a bake sale on Saturday to benefit disaster victims in Mexico and the Caribbean after recent hurricanes. Priya, who's wearing the overalls in this photo, dedicated her birthday to giving rather than receiving.
n"We had a sleepover and got up at 6:40 to clean and bake and get ready," she said, surrounded by friends.
Akilah Jackson
Akilah Johnson, a student at Eastern Senior High School in Northeast D.C., was named the winner in Google's national "Doodle 4 Google" contest in March of 2016. She won $50,000 for her school and a $30,000 scholarship that she said she plans to use to help pay for college.
n“I based this picture off my lifestyle and what has made me into what I am today,” she wrote.
Courtesy of the Pineda family
A young Latina artist is the creative director of her own art business at only 14 years old. But Sophia Pineda’s age is not the only interesting part of her story; she also has Down syndrome. News4's Dave Culver talked to Sophia about her artwork earlier this month.n
n“She’s not afraid,” her art teacher said of Sophia’s talent.
Distinguished Young Women
Eighteen-year-old D.C. resident Skye Bork, was named the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2017. Bork volunteered with the Washington Ballet as a Teaching Assistant for underprivileged youth, was a Model United Nations Representative and is passionate about women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Bork won a $35,000 scholarship and is attending Columbia University in New York.
Prince William County Public Schools
Fourteen-year-old Virginia resident Eleanor Sigrest beat out 2,342 other students in a national STEM competition in December. She was presented with a $25,000 check for her rocket stabilization project, “Rockets and Nozzles, and Thrusts, Oh My.”
n“I originally wanted to study combustion rocket engines, but my mom wouldn't let me use explosives on the kitchen table,” she said.n
nOpportunities for Girls in Your Lifen
nSTEM for Hern
nProvides STEM programming for underprivileged and under-served girls in the D.C. area.n
nGirls inc.n
nGirls inc. offers programs after school that encourage higher education, healthy living and independence. The program is only $25 per semester, and it enables girls to explore STEM subjects, economic literacy and more.
nSpace of Her Ownn
nSpace of Her Own is a charitable organization that helps girls use art in positive ways, connect with successful mentors and build healthy eating habits. It is based in Alexandria, Virginia.
nMy Girlfriend's Housen
nMy Girlfriend's House works with teenage girls to help them improve interpersonal skills and build college and career readiness. They serve over 150 underprivileged girls per year.
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