Breyanna Williams, a fifth grader from Blackville, S.C., traveled to Los Angeles with global humanitarian organization Save the Children for a day of star-studded events on Tuesday, October 11 celebrating International Day of the Girl.
Marked globally by the United Nations, International Day of the Girl is a designated day for communities and policymakers to discuss how to end discrimination against girls and create opportunities for them to reach their full potential. Worldwide, girls are frequently marginalized in their families, communities and societies. This year, Save the Children recognized International Day of the Girl with its #SheCanBe campaign to raise awareness of these issues and highlight the importance of providing girls a strong start in life so they can grow up to be whatever they want to be.
Breyanna attends Macedonia Elementary School. As a Save the Children sponsored child, she has participated in its afterschool literacy programs and SummerBoost Camp. Sponsorship provides children in the United States and around the world with essential aid and education to improve their well-being. When she grows up, Breyanna wants to be a lawyer and Supreme Court Justice because to ensure everyone is treated fairly and just. She enjoys dancing, cheering and reading and loves to help her younger siblings read as well.
“The coolest thing about being a girl, is knowing you can do anything,” said Breyanna. “And you can be anything you want when you grow up.”
Through its literacy programs, Save the Children gives Breyanna and more than 1,700 students in Barnwell County the guidance and support to help them grow as readers. Breyanna has participated in Save the Children’s programs for five years.
Save the Children’s President & CEO Carolyn Miles joined Breyanna along with two girls enrolled in Save the Children’s California programs for a day full of activities in “Tinseltown.” The day began with a conversation between Miles and actor Cobie Smulders about educating and empowering girls at the United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills. The girls took photos with Miles and Smulders, who posted on social media as part of the #SheCanBe campaign, and then visited Save the Children Ambassador and Trustee Jennifer Garner’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They ended the day with a final celebration in West Hollywood attended by Save the Children Ambassadors Dakota Fanning and Rachel Zoe, along with dozens of Los Angeles-based supporters of the global humanitarian organization.
“Placing gender equality at the heart of our work for women and girls and making investments to end discrimination will have a resounding impact on the lives of children and families that we serve,” said Carolyn Miles, president & CEO of Save the Children. “We are putting it at the top of our agenda.”
Save the Children believes that reaching girls is a critical component of ending early marriage, preventable maternal and child deaths and ensuring our collective future. The Save the Children sponsorship program, in particular, helps provide girls and boys with the necessities for a healthy and successful start to their life – nutrition, early childhood and adolescent development, education and school health. To learn more about how you can sponsor a girl like Breyanna, visit https://sponsor.savethechildren.org/.