Girl Justice Roundup

My take on the local, national, and international girl justice news. Click here to check it out on paper.li, or scroll down and click the links to access articles directly. Enjoy!

Local

“Charity Miles: Where Fitness and Philanthropy Collide”
Powerful Voices Blog: “A Deeper Look Into King County’s $210 Million Youth Detention Project
Ladies First, BeautyIs…
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chool’s Out Washington, “Legislative Session Big for Education and Could Be Big for Expanded Learning
Techbridge, “Want to Change the Face of Technology? Look to Our Girls
Girl Scouts of Western Washington, “Lessons in Leadership: Girl Scouts See Themselves in Politics
Young Women Empowered, “New Year, New Partnership – THINK

National

Everyday Feminism, “10 Learned Behaviors of a Black Girl — Everyday Feminism
Girl Scouts, “Financial skills come with cookies
Ad Week, “Ad of the Day: Dove’s Latest Film Encourages Girls to Love Their Curls
The Representation Project, “Director’s Note on the Premiere of “Mask You Live In” at Sundance
Smart Girls at the Part, “Getting My Hair Wet | Smart Girls at the Party
Youth Today, “Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience

International

The Girl Effect, “Girl Effect’s best moments for girls in 2014
‘Malala of Bangla’ blazes the trail
Millions of retweets, celebrity backing but no happy ending: #BringBackOurGirls’ six-month timeline”
A ‘Lost Boy’ Helps The Girls Of South Sudan Find An Education”
Girls take to research, boys professional courses”

 

 

Charity Miles: Where Fitness and Philanthropy Collide

I never imaged I’d be reviewing apps on the Girl Justice Blog. I focus on the policies, programs, and people power we need to build a just world with girls, not tech and gadgets. Then, I discovered Charity Miles.

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This app brings several of my interests together: running/biking, philanthropy, and of course, girl justice. Heres how it works:

“Simply turn on the app, choose a charity, and press start. As you exercise, we’ll track your distance and the money earned. When you’re finished, accept your sponsorship, spread the word, and we’ll send you a note confirming your good work.” (from http://www.charitymiles.org/)

For each mile you run or walk, companies donate $0.25 to the organization you select. For biking, they contribute $0.10.

What I Like About It

I don’t have a lot of money to give away. Any extra change I have goes straight to paying for graduate school. I focus my giving locally and contribute to organizations I know well. Charity Miles gives me a way to give to national organizations that I support without reducing my local giving.

Since I started using Charity Miles in November, I’ve donated to Girl Up and Girls on the Run International. You’ve seen both of them in the Weekly Roundup. I usually donate to our local Girls on the Run chapter, but Charity Miles gives me the opportunity to support their parent organization as well.

Girl Up forms clubs of girls across the world that advocate, raise money, and educate the public about international girl justice issues. Very cool stuff, but very not local, so not usually a part of my philanthropy.

In 2015, I will run/walk on average 10 miles a week, and bike another 10 miles. Using Charity Miles, I’ll earn $2.50 for running, and $1.00 for biking each week. That isn’t much, but it adds up to $182 for the year. Charity Miles gives me a way to donate almost $200 to organizations I wouldn’t otherwise support.

And when it’s raining and I just want to skip the bike ride and drive, or it’s 4:30 and already super dark and I have a hundred things to do… Knowing my workouts contribute to my philanthropic goals helps me get moving when working out sounds pretty miserable.

The Downside

Charity Miles knows A LOT about me. They know that I’m a moderately active woman, aged 25-35 who bikes and runs in North Seattle and supports girl-serving organizations. Whoah. Companies probably “sponsor” me because they want a potential customer to know that they donate to the organizations I care about. It’s like they’re saying, “We’re in the same club.” It’s an advertiser’s dream come true.

On a less 1984-esque level, there are functionality issues. I like to track how often I work out and how far I run/bike each week. Charity Miles gives me a list of dates and distances, but it doesn’t record how long I exercised, or whether I biked or ran. If I want to know how much I’ve racked up for my chosen charity, I have to do the math myself. I can do that, but I expect apps to do the tedious work so that I don’t have to.

Overall

This is an app I’ll keep using. Yeah, I have to tag team with other apps to get the data I want, but that’s okay. And privacy concerns aside, I like the added motivation boost I get from knowing my workout benefits me AND girl justice orgs. If fitness is part of your New Year’s Resolution, I say go for it!

Girl Justice Roundup

My take on the local, national, and international girl justice news. Read on for a list of articles, or click here for the pretty paper.li version.

Local

Ladies First, “You’re Invited: ‘Empowerment Project’ Special Screening”
Ladies First, “‘Annie’ Dinner and a Movie Event”

National

Katniss and Hermione top poll of girls’ role models | Latest news from the licensing industry
Puberty Is Beginning Earlier in Girls, So What Can Parents Do?
Research Blog: Hallelujah! Feminist activism sets me free
White House Computer Science Education Kickoff
How we can best help stressed adolescent schoolgirls
SciGirls training with Project Scientist!
In Solidarity | SPARK Movement

International

Girls’ Globe, “Using Storytelling to Create Social Change
Girl Up, “December In My Village
Population Council, “Ethiopian Projects Build Girls’ Assets to Help Them Avoid HIV, Other Risks