Girl Up is one of the newest clubs at Glen Allen High School for the 2018-2019 school year and is sponsored by Ms. Shevchuk and run by president Kathryn DeBusk. Senior Kat DeBusk, who is also involved Student Council, drama, BACK, and Model UN, said, “My friend Sarah was in Girl Up at Hermitage, so I looked into the idea and thought it would be really cool to start at Glen Allen.”
The club focuses on empowering women and there are over 50 members participating. DeBusk explains, “We try to bring awareness to the struggles that young women in developing countries face. We want to make sure girls around the world have access to medical care, education, sanitary and hygiene products, and more. Recently, we conducted a feminine hygiene drive to benefit Period Patch, an organization that helps RVA’s homeless and displaced women with their monthly cycles. We also are in the process of installing feminine hygiene product dispensers in the bathrooms of GAHS as a long-term solution.”
Interested in joining this club? The sponsor is Ms. Shevchuk and she can be found in room 111, and the club is always open to new members. Meetings are every week on Tuesdays at 8:15 a.m. in room 111.Topics range from human trafficking to wellness in women. There are also Tuesday forums, where people submit something they want to know more about, such as sex trafficking or struggles for women in third world countries. Impactful videos are shown and much needed discussions are held. There is a remind group that anyone can join (text @girlupga to 81010), just talk to either Kat or Ms. Shevchuk. It’s a great way to change the world through empowering women!