NY's "Girls Who Rock": Singing to the tune of youth education

This is a guest post by Cynthia Hellen, organizer of the “GIRLS WHO ROCK” benefit concert, which is being held on June 10 in New York City. We asked Cynthia to write about this amazing event and describe why she got involved in the cause.

The GIRLS WHO ROCK event is a benefit for She’s the First, a global nonprofit campaign supporting girls’ education in the developing world. I—along with my partner, Tammy Tibbetts, founder of She’s The First—believe that given an education, girls can break barriers and be the “first” to achieve something. That achievement can take many forms: a girl could become the first female president of her country, or simply the first in her family to go to college.

Now, on June 10 in Manhattan, we are hosting our very first benefit concert. Our GIRLS WHO ROCK performers include recording artists MoZella, Lenka, Kat DeLuna, and Shontelle, who have all had hit singles. It’s a talented group, and they are all donating their time to the cause. Motown artist Vita Chambers is even spending her birthday with us! We also just got Live Tweets creator Jonathan Lazar on board, to help us stream and display real-time Twitter comments from attendees.

We decided to set up two Eventbrite ticket types for the event: $20 for general admission, and $50 for VIPs who can give a bit more. The event has been planned entirely by young men and women who are also volunteering, and our proceeds will sponsor girls’ education in Tanzania through AfricAid‘s inventive program, The Kisa Project (AfricAid was founded by a 25-year-old Harvard grad, Ashley Shuyler).

The Kisa Project is an initiative that gives Tanzanian teen girls a secondary school scholarship and enrolls them in a two-year leadership and computer training program. The girls take digital storytelling workshops and learn to share their lives with their sponsors through rich, vivid videos. Everyone who attends GIRLS WHO ROCK will be a co-sponsor for our girls in The Kisa Project and be able to connect with them via shesthefirst.org throughout the year. We think it’s a great way to use the power of an event to build meaningful, lasting connections.

Thanks again to Cynthia Hellen! You can check in with shesthefirst.org on Facebook and GIRLS WHO ROCK on Twitter. And if you’re looking for a better solution for your benefit events, sign up for our Eventbrite for Causes program today!