The Girls Opportunity Alliance’s Back-to-School Challenge

Earlier today, Tiffany Drake, Executive Director of the Girls Opportunity Alliance, sent the message below to our email list in honor of her daughter’s first day of school and to lift up the importance of education for girls around the world. If you’d like to receive updates like these, you can sign up for our email list here.

I’m writing this just after dropping my daughter off at school for the very first time—and I confess I was a bit emotional. She is only three years old but she already loves to learn. She pores over her picture books and is so curious about the world around her.

She was excited to start school today, although I am not sure she yet realizes exactly what that means or the power school holds. As I packed her backpack, I felt incredibly grateful. I know how fortunate she is to have the chance to go to school this year and to pursue any dream that she chooses.

As a new school year begins, the Girls Opportunity Alliance and I are challenging you to take action for girls around the world. Support one of the grassroots projects on our Fund in honor of someone you love who is going back to school.

We hope you’ll also answer Michelle Obama’s call to share a favorite back-to-school photo—post a throwback of your own school portrait or your child heading to school on social media.

Check out the adorable responses we’ve gotten so far—and share your own back-to-school photo to help us drive action and awareness for global girls’ education.

Reese Witherspoon shared a class photo from her early school days:

Jennifer Garner reflected on music lessons gone wrong:

Kerry Washington shared this throwback from 8th grade:

And our amazing community members encouraged everyone to take action to support girls’ education around the world:


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Following the lead of @michelleobama I’m posting my favorite back-to-school photo. (I believe this was second grade!) “98 million adolescent girls around the world are not in school.” – Michelle Obama When I read that statistic, it stopped me in my tracks. Having grownup in a community with excellent education, and the opportunity for continued education at universities, it’s almost incomprehensible. But it’s true. I am donating to @girlsopportunityalliance to help girls get the education they DESERVE! That they NEED! That they WANT! 🌎 We are all connected. ♥️ Find your favorite back-to-school photo and post! • • • • • • #WorldCharityDay #BackToSchool #girlsopportunityalliance #Educate

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Share your favorite #backtoschool photo with the hashtag #GirlsOpportunityAlliance and join us to take action for girls’ education around the world.

Tiffany Drake is the Executive Director of the Girls Opportunity Alliance.