'Girls Who Rock' Is Taking New York City by Storm Tonight!

Join She's the First founder Tammy Tibbetts and 'American Idol' Season 10 finalist Haley Reinhart for a concert to raise money for poverty-stricken Indian girls' educations.

‘Girls Who Rock’ Is Taking New York City by Storm Tonight!

Join She’s the First founder Tammy Tibbetts and ‘American Idol’ Season 10 finalist Haley Reinhart for a concert to raise money for poverty-stricken Indian girls’ educations.

-Diana Denza

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Manhattanites, if you plan on doing one thing this Friday, take a trip to Gramercy Theatre for an empowering night of fundraising and song. The Girls Who Rock concert, the brainchild of She’s the First founder Tammy Tibbetts, will feature songstresses like American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart and YouTube sensation Jessica Latshaw.

All of the proceeds will go to help She’s the First and its partner school in India, the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project. This institution is dedicated to providing children of the country’s “lowest caste” with a quality boarding school education.

“If you’ve seen the movie Slumdog Millionaire, that’s how many of these girls are living; they are treated like dirt, like they are nothing,” Tibbetts told us in an exclusive interview. “We need efforts like the Girls Who Rock concert to improve girls’ lives. This year, we hope to raise $50,000 to sponsor 15 girls for a year. We will help two of the girls with their first year of college. But it’s not just about girls internationally; She’s the First aims to empower all women everywhere. For instance, girls from the Park Slope Rock School will be performing at the concert–they range in age from 11 to 15. We need to integrate local and global impact to show these girls that they are part of something much greater than themselves.”

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At its very core, the Girls Who Rock concert is powered by teens and twenty-somethings hoping to transform the lives of disadvantaged girls. And not only do they take time out of their lives to offer a hand, but they also do it as volunteers.

“The Girls Who Rock concert is a beast in the best way possible,” Tibbetts said. “While I usually take care of most of the sponsorships and donor relations, our volunteer team on the ground is incredible. Our team is filled with inspiring young people under 30 years old. Opal Vadhan, who is still a teen, was key in producing this concert. And this concert is going to reach the girls we’re sponsoring through YouTube videos and online articles. Those girls who have to struggle simply to receive an education will get to see all of these people come out for them. They’re already defying the odds; our support can make the entire difference.”

According to Growing Up Global: The Changing Transitions to Adulthood in Developing Countries, approximately one fourth of the 600 million girls in developing countries are not in school –that’s around 150 million young minds. But when we invest in girls, we reap the benefits of their success. Women who earn income reinvest about 90 percent of that money into their families and communities. Sadly, however, many girls don’t ever receive the life changing gift of an education.

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“It’s undeniable that there’s a huge gender disparity in education,” Tibbetts explained. “But girls have enormous potential –what they need is opportunity.”

You can make a difference in the lives of impoverished girls today by purchasing a ticket to the Girls Who Rock Concert. Tickets start at $50 and will be sold until noon. The concert will be held at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City tonight, May 18, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Not anywhere near the Big Apple? Learn more about how you can sponsor a girl here and follow the latest She’s the First updates on the non-profit’s Facebook and Twitter.

Are you ready for a rockin’ Friday night?

Diana Denza is a regular contributor to BettyConfidential.

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