Nov. 29, 2012
More Than Me
, an organization committed to empowering young girls at risk of sexual exploitation through education in
, is thrilled to announce its selection as a finalist in the
Chase American Giving Awards
Voting will take place via Facebook at
or on the Chase bank website:
Tuesday, November 27
Tuesday, December 4
with results airing on
Saturday, December 8, 2012
8 PM EST
The winner of this competition will receive a
grant, which, for More Than Me, would be life-changing, for both the organization itself but also the thousands of Liberian girls it could reach. To date, the organization has the support of
, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino,
in the effort to draw attention to the contest.
ABOUT MORE THAN ME
More Than Me was founded in 2009 by
, a young woman who faced a tough childhood filled with abuse, drugs and alcohol. Katie's mission is simple: to provide education, opportunity, and safety to the most vulnerable girls. When asked why she has chosen to help children in
rather than here in America, she says, "I grew up poor in America. My single mom worked the overnight shift at a
company making minimum wage ... but I always had free school. I never had to work the streets to find my next meal; there were government programs and neighbors that could help. In
that just doesn't exist and before I'm an American, I am human."
The organization has thrived on purely volunteer support, spearheaded by Katie's passion and dedication to the cause. It is currently working with the government of
to transform an old bombed out, looted building into an all-girls academy, with after school programs focused on teaching the girls entrepreneurship. More Than Me is unique in this contest in that it is actively building an infrastructure in country, with local staff and sustainable programming. With an additional
, the organization would be able to see this dream come true even faster, affecting the lives of thousands more girls within a few years.
Katie has been called "The most passionate person we've ever met" by Bono's ONE Foundation, a "Social Media Role-Model" at a UN-sponsored Mashable event and named "Outstanding Woman of the Year" by the NJ Commission on the Status of Women.