The best part of this necklace is that by purchasing it, you are helping and donating to a great cause and organization, She's the First. When I was contacted about this necklace and featuring it on my blog, I immediately jumped at the chance. Really, a growing organization with a great and meaningful mission plus cupcakes? Count me in! I was able to interview Kristen Healey, the Cupcake Captain of the National Tie-Dye Bake Off, so that she could share more about the week long event and organization.
1. For those who don't know, tell us about She's the First and its mission.
She's the First is a not-for-profit that sponsors girls' education in the developing world, helping them be the first in their families to graduate. In the process, She's the First fosters leadership and global awareness in young Americans, by inspiring them to lead creative fundraisers and correspond with sponsored students. Our efforts shape a rising generation of well-educated global leaders, future philanthropists, and cross-cultural communicators.
2. What is the story behind the Tie-Dye Cupcake Bake-Off? How did it come about?
In Fall 2010, Lindsay Brown, Notre Dame Campus Chapter President of She's the First, and her soccer teammate Maddie Fox organized the first tie-dye cupcake sale, raising $900 to sponsor three girls at Kopila Valley Children's Home in Nepal. Photos of the bake sale were uploaded to shesthefirst.org, Twitter, Facebook, and in months following, other students nationwide started to use the same recipe to host fundraisers for girls' sponsorships, which ultimately inspired the Bake-Off campaign.
3. Last year's bake off was incredibly successful. What do you hope to accomplish with this year's campaign?
This year, the campaign is expected to gain just as many teams or even more. It was so rewarding to see the students who got involved last year grow as leaders and explore international affairs beyond their textbooks. It's amazing for everyone to learn that they are able to make a huge impact - using social media for social good - one cupcake at a time!
4. How is the cupcake necklace helping the organization?
This necklace helps the organization because 75% of the proceeds go right back to She's the First in supporting girls' education. We have already sponsored over 265 girls to date and we expect many more!
5. With a growing number of campus chapters, multiple projects, and successful project, She's the First is making great strides in sponsoring girls' education. How can people get involved with She's the First and the National Tie-Dye Cupcake Bake-Off?
To be involved with the National Tie-Dye Cupcake Bake-Off go to www.shesthefirst.org/cupcakes/ and sign up or donate! There is also a recipe that you can follow to make your own tie-dye cupcakes. Also just check out www.shesthefirst.org for any fundraising tips or way to be involved. You can also join us on social media to help spread the word: #STFcupcakes
This year's Cupcake Bake-Off is happening this week, November 12-18. So while it's coming to an end soon it's never too late to get involved! Thank you to She's the First and Kristen for the opportunity to feature their wonderful organization and the sweetest necklace on my blog!
*I was not compensated in anyway for this post. I truly just love She's the First and their mission.