I am on the Girls Advisory Board for Girl Ventures. For the sixth year in a row, we are organizing a Hike for Girls to raise funds to ensure all girls have access to Girl Ventures' transformative courses. The scholarships go to girls who can't afford to go on the Girl Venture courses. Girl Ventures offers courses ranging from 10 days to 14 days. An example of one of these courses is On the Rise, which is a leadership course that I myself have been on which prepares girls to become assistant instructors for future courses as well as build confidence in themselves with a 11 day backpacking trip. Along the way we learn how to manage a group, give a lesson and live in the back country. I myself have been on many of their courses. This summer I am planning to be an assistant instructor for the course, project courage. I will be further developing my leadership skills be part of the instructor team leading a group of 7th graders on this amazing journey. Girlventures focuses on leadership, empowerment and self-well being. This has helped me become a more happy healthy person. I have learned to take care of myself in the wilderness and believe in myself to be able to do things I wouldn't normally try. Girl Ventures has helped me change how I live life for the better. I learned to have courage in myself and be able to lead confidently. I really would like to help others get the chance I did, who want to participate in these courses but are financially unable. Girl Ventures is committed to diversity, two thirds of the girls that go on Girl Ventures courses go with either partial or full financial aid. Any donation you can make would be greatly appreciated.