continued Associate director of Operations Pat Campany said that this year, the Gage Foundation is hoping to get a group of girls that is even more diverse than last year’s group. She said the museum has received more than 40 applications which came from girls in the city of Syracuse, girls from Onondaga Nation, girls from the suburbs and girls from rural communities across CNY. The new girl ambassadors will be announced following Kennedy’s performance at the Everson on Oct. 3.
Campany said that last year, the girls, aged 15 to 17, met once a week to discuss topics including poverty, domestic violence, rape statistics, the teenage pregnancy rate and the fact that women and men can’t always achieve the same professional goals. In the spring, the girls travelled overseas to have those discussions with the girl ambassadors from Sri Lanka and Chile.
“You could see an epiphany happening with these girls,” said Campany. “One girl wanted to be a Hollywood filmmaker, and when she went to her college interview she said, ‘I want to learn how to use my talent to further the cause for women’s rights and human rights in the world.’ The program really changed these girls’ perspectives about what was important to them.”
Campany said that because the Gage museum does not have formal funding this year, the girls will not be travelling outside of the country. But they will be attending the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in action in New York City in March and will be Skyping and Facebooking with their peers overseas.
For more information about the Girl Ambassador program, call 637-9511 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.