UN Youth Champion 2012 Bosilika An talks about being one of the young leaders recognized by the UN Foundation.
Bosilika An of Los Angeles was named Youth Champion today for the Girl Up campaign by the United Nations Foundation. These young leaders are set apart and chosen by their strong sense of purpose and social responsibility. Bosilika, who recently spoke at Ted X Youth conference in Kuala Lumpur, has made it her mission to inspire the “millennial generation” to realize their power to create change, to demonstrate that philanthropy should be fun, and to assure them that “selfish altruism” can exist when business and philanthropy intermingle for mutually beneficial ends.
Bosilika distinguished herself as a dynamo Teen Philanthropist when, at 13, she and a friend founded “The Bash Organization,” a group run“ by Teens for Teens” that raised nearly $350,000 for Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. Though An has recently graduated Harvard Westlake High School, the Bash remains an all-teen charity, “by teens, for teens.” And has also raised nearly 25 million in media awareness for girls education worldwide. For more information, visit www.bosilikaan.com
About Girl Up
Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, gives American girls ages 13-‐18 the opportunity to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the world’s hardest-‐to-‐reach adolescent girls. Through Girl Up’s support, girls have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.
Go to GirlUp.org to learn more.
About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-‐private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals.
For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.