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    Posted May 15, 2014 by
    Los Angeles, California
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    What Does 200+Girls Look Like?

    When 200+ girls were reported kidnapped on April 14th, 2014, it hit close to home for Los Angeles school girls. LemonAID Warrior's founder, Lulu Cerone says " It's exam season and we are all preparing to study for finals and excited to graduate in the next few weeks. Until this story broke, it never occurred to us that girls were willing to die for the right to graduate from school." LemonAID Warriors is a youth activist organization founded by 15 year old Lulu Cerone when she was ten years old, to unite kids who want to take action when their compassion is sparked. She founded it in response to the Haiti earthquake when she was 10 years old because "all of my classmates were feeling scared and helpless after seeing frightening images of tragedy on such a large scale." She organized lemonade stands, music concerts, and community events to give kids an outlet to express their compassion and turn that sadness and fear into productive action. Ever since, she and her young warriors have continued to provide creative, age appropriate ideas for causes that matter to their generation. They have raised close to $80,000 for global and local causes.

    LemonAID Warrior's immediate response to the story in Nigeria was to organize a photo campaign. They asked themselves, "What Does 200+ Girls Look Like?" Within 72 hours, Lulu and her classmates Ava Filan from The Wesley School and Stella Gage from The Archer School for Girls put the word out and collected 200+photos of girls holding the #bringbackourgirls sign and created a collage to put faces to the number. Photos came in from all over the country and from Canada and Australia.
    Now that these missing girls had faces, they created their own 200 Girls facebook page to continue to take action. "We gave the missing girls faces, now our goal is to give them voices and fight for every girl's right to an education.

    Lulu decided that since this school year was coming to a close, her Warriors would turn their graduation celebrations into a chance to give the gift of graduation to those who may not otherwise get that chance. In honor of the girls in NIgeria, who risked their lives to graduate, Lulu created a donation page for her Warriors to accept donations instead of graduation presents this year. The money collected will go to Room to Read's projects that send girls in developing countries to school. "It only takes $250.00 to send a girls to school and even if it takes many years, we would like to eventually send 200+girls to school in honor of the girls in Nigeria who value education with their lives."

    Share this link with other youth who want to turn their compassion into action.
    And visit LemonAID Warrior's website and facebook page for more ways to empower youth to make social activism a part of their social lives.
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