HGSW Co-Founders Camille and Rachle McGirt. Image Courtesy of Healthy Girls Save the World.

WATCH: Healthy Girls Save the World

See how one CGI U alum is empowering middle school girls across the country

“The childhood obesity epidemic is a huge problem and it’s something that we’re really trying to solve… By educating girls on healthy eating, and exercise, and making sure that they develop positive relationships with their peers and role models and teachers and parents — we’re helping them to essentially lead a better life.” — Camille McGirt, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Healthy Girls Save the World

In 2013, Camille McGirt participated in CGI U so she could learn how to expand Healthy Girls Save the World (HGSW), an organization she founded with her sister, Rachel McGirt (CGI U 2014 Alum), focused on empowering girls in North Carolina to lead healthy lifestyles. HGSW works with summer camps and after school programs on university campuses to inspire local middle school girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. Since starting in 2011, HGSW has helped over 500 girls in North Carolina. They have also received a $50,000 grant that will be used to help expand the program, and Camille was featured on the Dr. Oz Show to talk about youth living healthier lifestyles.

Additionally, we’re happy to report that Camille will be returning to CGI U this year! To learn more, please visit their website.

If you know a former CGI U student doing inspiring work, or if you are one yourself, we want to hear from you. Students selected will be featured by CGI U and may have the opportunity to join us at our next CGI U meeting, October 13–15, 2017 at Northeastern University in Boston.

About CGI U

The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), established in 2007 by President Clinton, brings together college students to discuss and address global challenges with practical, innovative solutions by making Commitments to Action. Through its annual meeting and ongoing programmatic support, CGI U supports students in their efforts to create action plans, build relationships, participate in hands-on workshops, and follow up as they complete their projects.

CGI U is proof that young people have the power to make a significant impact by confronting some of the world’s most urgent challenges.

To learn more, visit cgiu.org and follow us on Twitter @CGIU and Facebook at facebook.com/cgiuniversity

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