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The 5th Annual International Day of the Girl
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This year marks the fifth anniversary of the International Day of the Girl (IDG 2016)!

For this historic anniversary, we want to add your voice to help make this year’s celebration the greatest ever.  Let’s inspire everyone with our stories of girl power — in art, pictures, poetry, songs, video — to showcase the unique role girls play in our world. We are calling all girls, 13-18, to considering adding their voices to this year’s celebration! Here’s how:

If you’re between 13-18 years old, send us your inspirational story! You can use creative writing, video performance, photography, artwork, or song to share your voice and your ideas. Your submission could be chosen to be part of the Girls Speak Out 2016 at the United Nations in New York City! And everyone who submits her work will be featured on the DayoftheGirlSummit.org website, in our IDG2016 Webcast or Shoutout Page!

Girls Speak Out in ECOSOC Chamber of the United Nations!

So tell us, girls, what does girl power mean to you? Tell us about one of the following:

      • How are girls inspirational?
      • Tell us about girls where you live who are doing things to help each other.
      • Have girls in your town or community overcome a challenge or triumph?
    • What will you do to celebrate the International Day of the Girl where you live?

Send us your responses with a completed IDG Summit Consent Form no later than Thursday, September 1st 11:59PM US EST!

Please make sure your submission is in one of these formats:
-> Poetry or monologues (maximum 250 words)
-> Video (maximum length of 2 minutes)
-> Photographs (jpeg files of at least 500 x 500 pixels)
-> Art or graphic design (jpeg files of at least 500 x 500 pixels)

Email your submission and Consent Form to: IDGsubmissions@gmail.com with your name, age, country, and contact information!

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Vote for Blogger of the Month for June
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Congratulations, @sofialovesart! You are our Blogger of the Month for May! Way to go! How do you like this avatar that our digital artist, Lea, made for you? :)

Now it’s time to vote for our Blogger of the Month for June! This June, we asked iTwixie girls to UNPLUG! Did you write? Did you read? Tell us about it! And check out the blogs of the girls below and see who YOU think should be the Blogger of the Month for June! When girls write, the world gets to hear their voice. We need to hear the voices of girls around the world. We make up half of the planet! So ask for and give advice.

Share ideas. Be silly! It’s all amazing! iTwixie bloggers ROCK! That’s why we award a Blogger of the Month each and every month. We want to celebrate your unique and awesome way of looking at the world! Don’t you agree that it’s time that the world stopped to #ListenToGirls? Maybe if more girls shared their ideas, stories and solutions, the world would be a better place. We think so. Don’t you?

If so, get blogging, girls! And get voting!!! Let’s choose our Blogger of the Month for June!

How iTwixie’s Blogger of the Month Works
Each month, iTwixie girls vote for a Blogger of the Month. We make sure there’s a new winner each month. It’s our way of recognizing the cool bloggers that make iTwixie so cool.

Vote for your favorite blogger today!!! We’ll announce the winner next week :) Congratulations again, @sofialovesart!

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Say NO to the Summer Slide this July
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Every Summer Vacation, kids slide back in school. That’s what teachers and researchers say. So this July, as the iTwixie Nation, we are inviting every girl on the planet to SAY NO to the SUMMER SLIDE!

Stay SMART and SAVVY this SUMMER! Here’s how:
- Read the next iTwixie Summer Book Club Book selection, Fly Girl, by Sherri L. Smith
- Join forces with Girls Global Media, iTwixie, and #GirlsGovern, as girls around the world share speak out to make our world better
- Share your Summer Success Stories! What are you doing this Summer that could help other girls Say NO to the Summer Slide?

And be sure to vote for the June Blogger of the Month. Who will it be? Can’t wait to see and hope YOU get blogging, too!

Here’s to Summer Sleepovers, Campfires, Cannonballs and Saying NO to the Summer Slide, together, this July!

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Congratulations to the iTwixie Blogger of the Month for May
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Half of our world is made up of women and girls. Don’t you agree it’s time we listened to what they all have to say? We do, too!

That’s why we award a blogger each moth with the iTwixie Blogger of the Month award! Let’s all congratulate @sofialovesart! She’s our Blogger of the Month for May! Woo hoo! Way to go, @sofialovesart! We’re going to ask our artist intern, Lea, to create a special avatar, just for you. So keep an eye out for it!

That’s also why we are partnering with Girl Global Media to help all girls around the world to raise their voices! We’re inviting all girls to VOTE for the five top issues that matter to you at http://bit.ly/1THAhuO  & help create the #GirlsGovern Bill of Rights! What do you think? Thanks, Girl Global Media and #GirlsGovern, and this awesome campaign get the world to #ListentoGirls!

How iTwixie’s Blogger of the Month Works
Each month, we take nominations for Blogger of the Month and then iTwixie girls vote for the winner. We make sure there’s a new winner each month. It’s our way of recognizing the cool bloggers that make iTwixie so cool.

Who should be Blogger of the Month for June? Tell us in the comments section below. And be sure to congratulate @sofialovesart, our Blogger of the Month for May!

 

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Unplug June
Unplug and Unleash Girl Power

Happy UNPLUG JUNE, girls!

This June, let’s Unplug. Join iTwixie and Unleash our Girl Power! We will become stronger, bolder, smarter and kinder.

Here’s how:
Step 1 - Spend at least 3 hours a day without your phone, computer or TV – totally UNPLUG, girls!

Step 2 - Make your bed every day.

Step 3 - Read Nancy Drew Mystery, THE SECRET OF THE WOODEN LADY by Carolyn Keene with the iTwixie Book Club

Step 4 - Volunteer 20 minutes a week to help someone or some organization.

Step 5 - Go outside! Every day,  do one of these 3 things, outside: run for 10 minutes, play catch for 20 minutes, or do 10 pushups! You choose! Feel like doing something else? Tell us!

Have fun doing these 5 things, girls! Be sure to write about how you feel on your blog, right here in the comments section or anywhere else on iTwixie. Let’s Unplug June and Unleash our Girl Power!

Together we are changing the world.

Now go UNPLUG!

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Vote for the May Blogger of the Month
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Share your voice with iTwixie girls around the world! Tell us, your story! Start writing blogs about your life; what you care about; how you think. We want to hear from you!

When girls write, the world gets to hear their voice. We need to hear the voices of girls around the world. We make up half of the planet! So ask for and give advice. Share ideas. Be silly! It’s all amazing! iTwixie bloggers ROCK! That’s why we award a Blogger of the Month each and every month. We want to celebrate your unique and awesome way of looking at the world! Don’t you agree that it’s time that the world stopped to #ListenToGirls? Maybe if more girls shared their ideas, stories and solutions, the world would be a better place. We think so. Don’t you?

If so, get blogging, girls! And get voting!!! Let’s choose our Blogger of the Month for May!

How iTwixie’s Blogger of the Month Works
Each month, we take nominations for Blogger of the Month and then iTwixie girls vote for the winner. We make sure there’s a new winner each month. It’s our way of recognizing the cool bloggers that make iTwixie so cool.

Vote for your favorite blogger today!!! We’ll announce the winner next week :)

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April Blogger of the Month
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Let’s hear it for, @sofi! You are our Blogger of the Month for April! Way to go, @sofi! Keep writing great blogs! Lea will create a cool custom avatar, just for you, so keep an eye out for it :) Hope you LOVE it!

iTwixie bloggers ROCK! That’s why we like to give out a Blogger of the Month award to recognize your unique, awesome voices! We think the world should join us and #ListenToGirls!!! So when you write, you add your voice to the voices around the world. And that’s awesome. Keep blogging, girls!

How iTwixie Blogger of the Month Works

Each month, we take nominations for Blogger of the Month and then iTwixie girls vote for the winner. We make sure there’s a new winner each month so we get to recognize all kinds of cool bloggers who make the iTwixie Nation such a powerful community.

About Lea
Lea says that it fills her up with joy to see how her art can put a smile on people’s faces, and how she feels like she can make them feel good about themselves. We are proud to have Lea join the iTwixie team, as she finishes her undergraduate degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Thank you, Lea! You rock!

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Smart Girl Winner and New Challenge
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Congratulations to @blackthehedgehog101 and @fundipgirl! You are the only two girls who successfully completed the Smart Girl Challenge, so we are awarding you BOTH the Smart Girl Challenge prize! Just send in your parent’s mailing address and we’ll send a surprise to you. Congratulations!
*** NEW SMART GIRL CHALLENGE *** NEW SMART GIRL CHALLENGE ***  Here’s the next Smart Girl challenge, from our friends at CMU! We’ll announce the winner on June 13! Good luck!

If the native guesses right, she gets to stay on the island with her friends. If she is wrong, the Evil Giant takes her away from the island and away from her friends. 

What can the natives do to keep as many of their friends on the island as possible, before the Evil Giant begins placing the colored hats on them? How many natives can stay on the island? Just enter your answer in the comment section below – we’ll publish all answers on June 13, 2016. If you get the answer correct, you will win the new, iTwixie 2016 t-shirt! Thank you, CMU’s Women@SCS for this cool puzzle! Remember, none of your answers will show up until June 13, 2016, when we announce the solution to this puzzle! Good luck!Sponsored by: Carnegie Mellon University’s Women@SCS

And here’s how @blackthehedgehog101 and @fundipgirl answered last month’s challenge: who is going to replace Andrew Jackson on the new twenty dollar bill? 
@blackthehedgehog101 said: They will not be replacing Alexander Hamilton, thanks to Lin Manuel Miranda. Alexander Hamilton did create America’s financial plan. It would sort of be rude not to have him on any money! Check out the new rap/hip-hop hit Broadway show about him. Hamilton! it will have you laughing and crying! Go check it out. Right now! why are you still reading? Go check it out!P.S. Harriet Tubman will be on the twenty! Ok… now go check out Hamilton.
@fundipgirl said: Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the 20 dollar bill! Harriet Tubman was an abolitionist who was part of the Underground Railroad. I am so excited for 2020! (We were talking about Harriet Tubman in history today, so that is how I know this!)
The new designs will be out by the year 2020! Whew! Where will YOU be in 2020? 

 

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Happy Lucky 7 Anniversary to iTwixie!
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girls can change the worldSEVEN YEARS ago, iTwixie launched this simple battle cry:

GIRLS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!

It’s a revolution, for sure! So tell us:

Why did you join the iTwixie Revolution?

What do you want iTwixie to do this year?

YOU are the iTwixie Nation, girls. You are changing the world every day. YOU ROCK!

Happy Lucky 7 Anniversary to YOU!

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Make Something May
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Make Something May!

This month we celebrate MAKING! Girls and women use the internet 600% more than boys and men. We OWN the internet. So let’s MAKE it ours, shall we? It all starts with YOU!!!

Making = anything YOU create! Get it? So what do YOU make?

Here’s how you can be part of Make Something May:
. Make Something for Mom for Mother’s Day, May 8!
. Add your voice to girl voices from all 50 states and 30 countries around the world, by taking iTwixie’s  new polls and quizzes
. Write songs, poems and blogs!
. Create your own avatar
. Vote for the Maker of the Month
. Vote for the Blogger of the Month

We want to hear about the things you like to make. So fun!

So many ways to BE HEARD and WIN on iTwixie this month! Can’t wait to hear from YOU!

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