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Girl Up Club Produces Positive Post-its for Women’s History Month

Empowering girls and changing the world: a Girl Up Club photo essay
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Onari Kahandawa
Positive Post-Its Project

Many girls share high school memories of quiet chattering, secret stares, and trying hard not to laugh for silly things while the teacher is talking.  However, The ‘Girl Up Club’ is a place for high school girls to share their ideas to build the world into a more beautiful and just place.

Girl Up Clubs are special because they provide a platform for young women to come together and support gender justice and girls’ empowerment. The club creates a supportive community where members can engage in discussion, organize events, and work towards making a positive impact in their local communities and beyond. By becoming a member of ‘Girl Up Club’, students have the opportunity to enhance their voices, develop leadership skills, and contribute to meaningful changes in the world. The Girl Up Club at Piscataway High School meets every Friday after school. 


“Girl Up is a club focuses on helping not just girls in our community, but girls around the world as well,” said Danika Carranza, president of the PHS Girl Up Club. “Organizing events is a really fun way to make everyone connected more.”

Club president Danika Carranza stands with club members (Onari Kahandawa)

“The Girl Up Club is currently working on a project to put up signs like little notes on bathrooms and Locker room mirrors, both girls and boys locker rooms and bathrooms,” said Mahi, member of Girl Up club. “We are doing this project for women’s history month to encourage everyone and make everyone feel better.”

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Work from positive-post-it-project(Onari Kahandawa)

“I want to help make the Girl Up Club a big success at PHS, because I think that issues around girls are really important,” said Niti, Event Coordinator of PHS Girl Up Club. “Also one of the club’s biggest goals is to raise money for girls around the world.”

Girl Up Club member working on postitive-post-it project(Onari Kahandawa)

“This year we did ’The Girls’ Night’ event, which is something we have never done before and I think that is really fun way to make everyone connected little more,” said Danika Carranza, president of the PHS Girl Up Club. “I saw lots of people who have never spoken before with me at that event and I think it could help our community just connect with one another and meet new people that they probably had not met before.”

Girl Up Club members working on positive-post-it project (Onari Kahandawa)

“Students can get involved with Girl Up’s most recent project (little posters on the mirrors), just by seeing them,” said Gracy, member of PHS Girl Up club.

Girl Up Club members working on positive-post-it project (Onari Kahandawa)

“I think Girl Up benefits not just girls but also guys,” said Gracy, a member of Girl Up club. “Both girls and guys needed to be treated equal[ly]… and guys need to see that girls want equality.”

Girl Up Club members working on positive-post-it project (Onari Kahandawa)

“A Lot of people, like in school and out of school kid of look down on Girl Up Club, because they find that being feminist or empowering women kind of embarrassing,” said Mahi, member of PHS Girl Up Club. “I think for the most part Girl Up is very well supported by teachers and people throughout the school and also by students.”

Girl Up Club members working on positive-post-it project (Onari Kahandawa)

“What inspired me to join Girl Up was when I learned that Girl Up creates events and hosts meetings that are always working towards helping and appreciating women,“ said Shania Tewarson, a member of PHS Girl Up Club. “I think that’s really inspiring seeing people help others and that is why I joined Girl Up.”

Girl Up Club members working on positive-post-it project (Onari Kahandawa)

Sample Girl-Up club positivity project (Onari Kahandawa)

This story was originally published on The Chieftain on May 8, 2024.