How Storytelling Can Inspire Positive Change

Sharing positive stories about adolescent girls is one way the Girl Up campaign aims to help girls in developing countries. By Matt Gibson/Shutterstock

Thirteen-year-old Mo'ne Davis was recently featured on Girl Up's blog as part of the campaign's Fab Female Friday series.

Davis is one of only handful of girls to play in the Little League World Series, and this year she became the first to pitch a shutout during the series.

"Davis has garnered national attention as she challenges gender stereotypes and changes the dynamic for young women playing in what are often considered male sports," Girl Up's post reads.

Girl Up is a campaign of the United Nations Foundation working to build a constituency dedicated to improving the lives of girls across the globe.

"Girl Up envisions a world where every girl can reach her full potential," Melissa Hillebrenner, director of Girl Up, recently told The Huffington Post. "A world where girls lead the way to bigger dreams and happier days, healthier communities and stronger nations. A world where girls are empowered and our future is brighter because of it."

The campaign hopes that by sharing stories like Davis', American girls will be inspired to help adolescent girls in developing countries.

Creating and sharing stories that communicate positive change is one of the focuses of the Transformational Media Summit taking place in Washington, D.C., this week.

Media professionals from around the world are convening Oct. 26-Nov. 1 to explore how storytelling can change attitudes, raise awareness and inspire people to take action and exact positive change.

In addition to Girl Up's Melissa Hillebrenner, the summit also brings together a variety of experts, including representatives from the United Nations Foundation, Discovery Channel, MTV and the Jane Goodall Institute. (In fact, all of these experts will participate in Saturday's all-day mini-summit at George Washington University that focuses on the power of storytelling to create positive change.)