Amber Tolliver

Hannah Saleh

Did you know that in the U.S., 1 in 4 girls will not finish high school, 1 in 5 are victims of childhood sexual abuse and 78% under the age of 17 are unhappy with their bodies?

When our friend Amber Tolliver heard these statistics, she decided to do something about it, and deiced to help raise money and awareness for Girls Inc. Girls Inc. is a non profit that aims to diminish these statistics. They provide programming that helps build confidence and fortitude in over 140,00 girls in the US and Canada. From fitness to mentoring, Girls inc focuses on supporting girls in whatever challenges they may face as a girl growing up in the 21st century

Amber Tolliver is an accomplished model, entrepreneur, and promoter of  good people and cool things. She sat down with us to share her experiences and tell us about the online auction she’s curated for Girls Inc. which includes everything from Nets court-side seats, a month of SERENE Social and a weekend at Hotel Costas in Paris.

SERENE: As a girl, what was the one thing that you needed support in most and how do you carry that over to girls today?

What I needed the most was something that I didn’t know that I need, which was exposure. Hearing about all the things that I could potentially do is one thing but seeing it first hand was something completely different. So now when I’m speaking to girls I really try to emphasize the importance of trying new things and being open to it even if they don’t think they’ll like it.

SERENE: What have you learned from fundraising for Girls Inc and what advice would you give to people who are raising money for a cause?

I’ve gained a new level of respect for people who do this on a regular basis. This is my first time planning a fundraiser and it’s definitely not easy! The advice I would give to other people looking to raise money for a cause is to stay connected to why you decided to do it in the first place. It’s easier to connect to cause when people see the passion you have for it, as opposed to seeing someone who is caught up in numbers and frustrated because the donations they’re getting don’t necessarily match up with their goals.

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