OCC student Avery Pearl-Frank is preparing for the opportunity of a lifetime. On March 23 she will be part of a group which presents at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Empowering Rural Women and Girls. “The thought of this is kind of overwhelming. I’m not going to lie,” Pearl-Frank said. “There’s a lot of pressure for me to present well and represent our group the best I can.”
Pearl-Frank is participating as a member of the Girls Ambassadors for Human Rights program at the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation. It’s an organization focused on issues related to women’s empowerment. She’ll be joined at the U.N. by Program Director Vanessa Johnson and three other women who, like Pearl-Frank, serve as ambassadors and mentors.
Each member of the group will be presenting on a different topic. Pearl-Frank will share her experiences from a trip she made to Ghana in West Africa . She is currently fundraising for another trip to Ghana this summer.
Pearl-Frank is a 17-year-old freshman who graduated from high school in just three years. She earned her diploma from Fayetteville-Manlius in 2017. She’s a Humanities major, part of the Honors program and a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa.
If you would like to support Pearl-Frank and the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation you can learn more at the organization’s website.