Thursday, June 21, 2012

AGE UP: Vote Now!

Seattle Riot player and friend Hana Kawai asked us to share this piece about AGE UP, a program that she helps run in Seattle.  The program needs YOUR help to win an online voting competition.  Help this awesome program get the funding they need!


HELP US WIN $5,000!!

All Girl Everything Ultimate Program (AGE UP) is a South Seattle-based girls’ leadership and empowerment program that brings together middle school and high school aged girls with world-class female athletes.

AGE UP is in the final stages of an online voting competition – and they need your vote to win big.

The group is taking part in GOODmaker’s “GOOD Summer” contest, an online vote competition that determines the awardee of a $5,000 grant. At the time of this writing, AGE UP is near the top of the pile, sixth in a field of 146 project ideas.

AGE UP is run entirely by volunteers, and every dollar the program raises goes directly to supporting young women taking their first hucks, pulls, and no look scoobers into the world of Ultimate.

But this is about so much more than just Ultimate. AGE UP uses the positive influence of the sport to engage girls in long-term intentional work, developing critical awareness, leadership skills, and positive identity. Just wrapping up their second year, AGE UP grew out of the rapid expansion of youth Ultimate in South Seattle, and is dedicated to working with low-income girls of color from this community - home to the most diverse zip code in the United States.

“The thing I like the best about AGE UP was the fact that we learned about social justice and women’s empowerment and really like helps because it’s different from school. Because guys talk about girls and b-words and you know, so it was really empowering to learn about discrimination and stuff, to rise above that,” says one participant.

Voting on the GOOD site is simple and easy, and every vote supports the growth of Ultimate and the development of the next generation of women Ultimate players and community leaders. Sounds like a pretty good plan to me.