Thomas Roberts   |  August 02, 2013

Helping girls from impoverished countries finish school

She's the First is an organization that helps girls from impoverished countries complete a secondary school education. It's the first to be spotlighted in our new series, "Go and Do." Tammy Tibbetts of She's the First joins Thomas Roberts to discuss.

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>> excited to show you that we are kicking off a new series today called "go and do." it is an effort showing and highlighting groups who are taking action and making a mark in the name of others. the first spotlight is on a group called she's the first. the goal of this millennial organization is to help girls in developing countries be the first in their families to complete a secondary school education. take a look at this video from -- she's the first.

>> in countries where "she's the first" working, the rate of enrollment are for schools in secondary school is only 33%. but, trying to make an effort in that is tammy, the founder of "she's the first." this is part of this new segment that we want to do on fridays where we feature and celebrate individuals like yourself who are out there making a big difference. but you say a lot of credit is not just to you but to millennials in general because of the interest that they have in this had. explain how you are getting their interest and what are you doing with their work.

>> yes, absolutely. we are part of such a movement for girl's education right now. it is amazing what students and young professionals leveraging the power of their social media networks are able to do with their small contributions.

>> how are you able to zero in on the countries where there are young women , young girls, that you want to see go on to secondary education ?

>> that's a great question. she's the first has formed partner ships with programs that are in ten different countries and we vetted those that are invested in seeing these girls through to their graduation.

>> meanwhile, you're also invested here in the united states because as we were talking in the break, i think you said that guatemala is a main focus right now but also the united states is an area of interest for you as well. so you focus domestically.

>> well, she's the first is devoted to making a local, as well as a global, impact. and we have a network of campus chapters at high schools , colleges and universities across the u.s., young people he who are fund-raising and advocating on behalf of girls their age around the world.

>> how did you get involved? where was your inspiration to found this organization?

>> i was the first in my family to graduate from college. i studied journalism and i did some volunteering after my graduation in liberia which exposed me to the issue for the first time and i saw the tremendous opportunity there was with my generation and the power of using or social media and creativity to find a solution.

>> so what is the greatest thing someone has done to help contribute and what is the smallest thing that someone has done to be involved.

>> well, to date she's the first has 250 scholars and we funded over 500 years of education and a cool way that we've done that is through a campaign that we call the tie-dyed cupcake bakeoff where students in the fall have bake sales at their schools during the same week and they have raised thousands upon thousands of dollars to send girls to school and 100% of that money goes directly to the girls.

>> there are a lot of cleng kids that might be watching. at least their parents. how can they get involved?

>> go to shesthefirst.com/campus. you can apply to start a chapter or donate. can you go and sponsor a girl today.

>> when we talk about the money that it takes, for the education that you're looking -- like what's the investment solely for getting a girl through secondary education completely?

>> well, for example. in nepal it only costs $300 a year. on average, $25 a month will support a girl. and the roi, what she'll contribute to her nation's gdp and the amount of money that she'll be able to raise to support her family and break the cycle of poverty in her community is amazing.

>> it's -- when you think about that, $300 that will change a person's life forever. it's really amazing work. congratulations to you and what you're doing to help inspire people not just millennials. i know it is a big millennial thing, but gen-xe.r.s. can get involved. tweet goanddo. we'll share responses week to week. tammy, thanks again and congratulations.