For a Change

The following is a post sponsored by Yahoo! Every time someone clicks here to make Yahoo! their homepage, they’re showing their support for Girls For A Change.
I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

So there’s this organization called Girls For A Change and they’ve inspired me. First and foremost, they’ve asked me to do one simple thing and switch my homepage from iGoogle (obvs) to Yahoo. They told me that Yahoo! will donate ten dollars for each person that makes the switch, up to $10,000! That means we need to get 1,000 people to click on this link (which contains a tracking code so the peeps at Yahoo! can make sure you’re really changing it!) so that Yahoo! will donate the maximum amount to this great cause. What’s the cause, you ask? Girls For A Change actually sends women out into communities all across America as coaches for young women. They set up teams of girls that want to change problems in their community but don’t feel they have the tools to do so. The coaches help guide these girls to successful outcomes.

Every year thousands of girls learn how to tackle community problems such as gang violence, low self-esteem, and environmental degradation. Imagine the possibilities if every year thousands of middle school and high school girls learn how to tackle community problems. Picture the huge number of powerful women leaders driving local communities and the world toward success and well-being.

The main reason I’m interested in helping this cause is because I can only imagine how a program like this could have helped me and my community when I was a teenager. I want other young girls to be inspired. I want them to feel like someone believes in them. Everyone deserves that. And if there’s an opportunity for me to help even one person achieve that, I’m going to do all that I can.

So, what I’m saying is PLEASE PLEASE click on that link. Try out Yahoo! as a homepage with me. I know, change is scary. I was hesitant at first. I am a creature of habit and I didn’t think I’d like this new window looking at me every morning while I’m sipping my coffee and getting ready to crack into my Google Reader. I still don’t know if I will like it, honestly. But I’m going to try it. And I hope you will too.

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