By: Becca Jawahar
Ali Guckes is a rising senior at Dover High School who uses the app Charity Miles when she is logging bike rides. One particular day, she came across the worldwide organization known as She’s the First. After googling the organization, she fell in love with the mission and opportunity she saw within it.
In the fall of 2016, Ali got a group of friends together and founded a chapter of She’s the First at Dover High School. This is where the story of the club begins.
She’s the First is an organization to fight gender inequality through education around the world. This non-profit uses creative and innovative ways to provide
mentorship, empowerment, and scholarships to girls in low-income countries. These girls will be the first ones in their families to graduate.
The She’s the First chapter hosts multiple fundraisers throughout the school year. The money from these fundraisers is sent to the scholar the chapter chooses for that year.
“This year, our main fundraiser was a screening of the documentary ‘He Named Me Malala’ and was a huge success thanks to our great chapter members and community,” Guckes shared.
Raising a total $450 with that fundraiser, our chapter was able to send funds to scholar Sweetie Joice who lives in India and attends the Shanti Bhavan School. This money is used for her education, clothes, water, and food.
This month, Guckes and the Vice President and DHS senior, Cydney Barnes traveled to New York City for the She’s the First Summit.
On this trip, they were able to meet non-profit leaders of the nationwide organization such as the founders and the communication directors. They learned how to improve outreach to others in their communities.
“We got to hear lots from panels from women around the world as they talked about what it means to be successful, how to be an activist, and how to make an impact,” Guckes shared, “It will greatly improve how our chapter functions this year and hopefully help us to earn even more money!”
The girls also had the opportunity to meet all of the other chapter presidents and to share tips for meetings, social media accounts and fundraisers.
“It was a weekend filled with inspiring ideas for the future of the She’s the First at Dover High. We were surrounded by a passionate group of individuals striving to achieve the same goal: equal education for girls worldwide,” Barnes stated.
“We strongly encourage members of younger grades as well as male members because we are lacking those categories,” Guckes reinforced.
She’s the First meets Mondays after school in Ms. Ferguson’s room. Anyone is welcome to be a part of the DHS chapter and is encouraged to follow any of the social media accounts @shesthefirstdhs
There is power in numbers, and joining Guckes, Barnes, and the other members of our DHS chapter will only help She’s the First to grow and continue to make an impact on our local community and beyond.