Milaan - Girl Icon

Field Partner

The Milaan Girl Icon program provides a two-year leadership development scholarship to adolescent girls who have strong academic performance and a commitment to social change.

Location:
India
Partner Type:
Population served:
Girls who are committed to academic success and creating social change within their communities
Student selection criteria:
Merit and Need
Services provided:
Leadership development workshops, mentorship, financial support to complete a two year social change project
TSF student promotion rate:
TBD

Milaan - Girl Icon is raising money for 11 students' school expenses. 7 have have been fully funded so far.

  • Chhavi

    50%

    Chhavi

    India

    Chhavi is an energetic and outgoing girl old who is eager to speak and practice her English. Although her family has been supportive of her education, her grandmother has fought her in attending school. Chhavi is eager to learn how to use technology and dreams of becoming a female pilot. Chhavi fights within her community to get separate toilets built for girls so that they feel comfortable going to school, even while menstruating.

    School Year 2017

  • Khushboo

    85%

    Khushboo

    India

    A talkative and alert girl, at only the age of 9, Khushboo first experienced teasing by men in her community or 'eve-teasing.' Although Khushboo has been supported by her family in her efforts to fight back and mobilize other girls in her community, she is passionate about creating a more aware community in which girls feel safe. In addition to engaging frequently with her community, this extroverted 14-year-old practices karate. She is determined to fight for the rights of girls to safely walk the streets in India.

    School Year 2017

  • Sakshi

    74%

    Sakshi

    India

    Sakshi has dreamed from age 9 of being a police officer after learning about India’s first female policewoman. Despite her parents support, she was unable to continue her education in the village due to financial constraints and her parents made the decision to send her to a government residential school for girls. Joining the school in class 6th, she topped her class. She has never looked back since. Performing well in academics, she also participates in every single school function doing street plays, dances, speeches, and has won multiple awards for her performances, going as far as being appreciated by the District Magistrate who is the highest ranking administrative officer in a district. She is also passionate about girls’ education and organizes events to stop gender discrimination.

    School Year 2017

  • Ritu

    75%

    Ritu

    India

    Ritu Yadav is always bubbling with answers. Her hands gesture wildly as she explains her interest in making speeches. Ritu uses her voice to speak out against caste discrimination and the gender inequality she sees all around her. Growing up in Uttar Pradesh, India Ritu has constantly been bombarded by things she can't do as a girl. She's determined to change that. Inspired by her mentor, Mr. Mithai Lal, she plans to become a math professor and continue to speak out for gender equality. She is completely determined for girls' to be recognized for their capability and ability to do the same things boys do.

    School Year 2017

  • Sabhya

    100%

    Sabhya

    India

    Sabhya is a ever-smiling girl who is determined to be an government official one day. Her eager interest in pursuing her dream career has led her to be selected out of 3,000 applicants as a Girl Icon Fellow in the hopes of creating social change in her community. Although she comes from an impoverished background, she has decided nothing can stop her in her enthusiasm to work for the community as an IAS officer in Uttar Pradesh, India. She plans to serve the nation some day.

    School Year 2017

  • Aisha

    100%

    Aisha

    India

    Aisha’s sheer determination to be educated made her the first girl, not just in her family but in her village, to go to school. An extraordinary feat considering that until the age of 10, she had never been allowed to go to school. Told by her father she could only attend school if she mobilized other girls, Aisha managed to convince 5 other girls to come to school with her. Despite never having been to school before, with hard work and dedication, she did well in academics and also participated in nukkad-nataks and drama, going on to become the President of the Child Cabinet. While visiting her family, during a break from school, she convinced 20 other girls from her community to enroll in school. All of them have now completed their class 8.

    School Year 2017

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