Founded by teenager Madeleine Lippey in 2011, The Do Write Campaign (DWC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable foundation and online community for young people, dedicated to the following Global Mission:
- Encourage dialogue, idea generation, and problem-solving among teens worldwide, from all walks of life, through the online exchange of writing, art, digital media, and through face-to-face communication.
- Build bridges of awareness and understanding among young people from both developed and developing countries, with a special focus on problems affecting young women such as human trafficking, domestic violence, rape, HIV/AIDS, public health, and education.
- Collect “Fearless” artistic contributions from teens all over the world, share perspectives, provide support, and empower teens to drive positive change through online communication and education.
- Develop solutions, create and expand a global community, overcome cultural challenges and differences.
Since its establishment, The Do Write Campaign has grown into a community of over 19,000 young people from over 32 countries, with local Chapters in the USA, Myanmar (Burma), South Africa, and Kashmir (India)
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Madeleine Lippey – Founder
Madeleine Lippey is an undergraduate at Stanford University. In 2011, Madeleine founded The Do Write Campaign (DWC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable foundation and online community for young people worldwide designed to encourage dialogue, idea generation, and problem-solving amongst teens from all walks of life through the online exchange of creative writing, art, photography, digital media, and face-to-face communication. DWC builds bridges of awareness and understanding amongst young people from both developed and developing countries, with a special focus on problems affecting young women such as human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, HIV/AIDS, public health, and education. Since its establishment, The Do Write Campaign has grown into a community of over 19,000 young people from over 32 countries, with local Chapters in the USA, Myanmar (Burma), South Africa, and Jerusalem. DWC has held successful conferences in South Africa and Burma, raising awareness and support for local charities such as The Ubuntu Education Fund of South Africa and FXB – Stop Human Trafficking in Myanmar. DWC has been featured in Teen Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe, among others.
Madeleine aspires to be an international human rights lawyer and studies English with a pre-law emphasis at Stanford. She is an employee at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and works with student government on issues related to social impact, communications, and sexual assault. In 2012, Madeleine authored a children’s book entitled A Little Peace of Me, inspired by her work on Do Write and participation in a selective summer program called Seeds of Peace that brings together kids from conflict regions around the world (specifically the Middle East and Southeast Asia). After (mildly) stalking Archbishop Desmond Tutu, he agreed to write the foreword. In her free time, Madeleine loves to write feminist poetry, watch Scandal, and play peacemaker to her two adorably annoying younger brothers.
Madeleine Lippey is a seventeen-year-old Senior at Phillips Academy, Andover. She was born in Hong Kong and knew from a very young age that her calling was helping others develop their voices.
At age 14, during the summer of 2010 before her freshman year of high school, Madeleine volunteered to work in Dharamshala, India, with sexually abused women and their children from the exiled Tibetan community. Upon returning to the US, Madeleine made a documentary film about her work in India, “The Paradox of Our Age” which she posted online. She found film to be a powerful medium between writing and photography that would further strengthen her voice.
Soon thereafter, Madeleine was approached by The Ubuntu Education Fund, a non-profit organization in South Africa, and was asked to make a promotional film for them from a teenager’s perspective. She traveled to the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 2011 and worked with young women and writers who completely revolutionized the way she viewed the written word. Many of these girls had been sexually abused or raped, and struggled with the HIV/AIDS pandemic and violence in their community. However, instead of feeling sorry for themselves, they harnessed that fear and hopelessness and incorporated it into their writing. One thirteen year old girl who had been sexually abused by her grandfather wrote a poem called “I am a Woman and Not a Punching Bag.” She referred to herself as an “abandoned dog” and a “sex slave.” It was then and there that Madeleine decided to establish an online community, The Do Write Campaign, as a way for young people from all cultures and walks of life to share their stories. A few of her favorite submissions have been a poem about always being in the passenger seat that sent by a girl in Saudi Arabia, and the short story of a woman in Kenya coming out to her parents, who didn’t even know what the word “Gay” meant until she explained it to them.
These experiences had a profound effect on Madeleine and in 2011 she formally established The Do Write Campaign, a 501 (c) (3) Charitable Foundation, as a way to promote understanding among teens around the world through the exchange of creative writing and other artistic media. She set up a website and wrote and directed several other documentary films shot on-location in India, South Africa, and Burma to raise awareness among teens around the world. To date, she has received writing and art submissions from large numbers of young people from dozens of counties including the USA, China, Kenya, Korea, South Africa, Pakistan, India, Ireland, Australia, Myanmar, & Ukraine. In 2011, she set up local Do Write Chapters in South Africa and with a partner organization in Kashmir, the war-torn region between India and Pakistan.
Madeleine planned and organized her first successful international conference for teenagers in the summer of 2012 called The Do Write Conference, which was held in Capetown and Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She brought young American women to meet with their same-aged South African peers for three days of discussion on topics ranging from Healthcare, Domestic Abuse, HIV, Education, Women’s Issues, Writing, Art, and Digital Media.
In the summer of 2012, Madeleine was chosen as one of a dozen American Delegates to participate in the Seeds of Peace International Camp, a three-week conflict-resolution program with hundreds of teenage participants from the USA, Israel, Palestine, India, Pakistan and Afganistan. Seeds of Peace brings together hundreds of young leaders from regions in conflict along with a select number of American seeds to confront their prejudices and deep-seated fears and tackle the issues that fuel violence, hatred and oppression at home. Seeds confront each other directly over their competing historical narratives and share their personal experiences of the conflict. In addition, later that summer, Madeleine interned at The Yale Center for Globalization as a research assistant, where she further developed her interest in international problem-solving.
Madeleine has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, WCBS Radio New York, Myanmar Teen Magazine, The Port Elizabeth (South Africa) Herald, and other media, and was an invited speaker at the Women’s Inspiration Enterprise (WIE) Symposium in New York last fall, a conference organized by publisher Arianna Huffington to raise awareness among influential women from the worlds of business, fashion, media, philanthropy and politics.
In December 2012, Madeleine traveled to Burma (Myamar) to research the problem of the human trafficking of young women forced to work as modern-day slaves in the sex trade, or as forced child brides. She also established her Do Write Chapter in Burma/Myanmar with local partner NGOs. She wrote and directed a documentary film on human trafficking called “Candle Girls” that was shot on-location in Myanmar, and is working with The National League for Democracy of Myanmar and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to promote awareness of this problem.
Upon returning to the USA, she designed a summer 2013 internship in Washington DC with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs at The US House of Representatives, where she worked to further research human trafficking and potential policies to address this problem. Later that summer, Madeleine also participated in the Yale Ivy Scholars Program in Global Leadership and Grand Strategy. Her long-term dream is a career in global social entrepreneurship, war journalism, or diplomacy/international conflict resolution.
She also loves Japanese food, romantic comedies, junk food, and her annoying little brothers.
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Our Advisory Board
The Do Write Campaign is in the process of putting together an Advisory Board composed of Global Leaders from Education, Philantrophy, Business, Media, Journalism, Heathcare, and other fields. Our goal is to have the Board serve as an online source of advice, insight, wisdom and inspiration for teenagers around the world, particularly those living in developing countries and war-torn regions, who would be very unlikely to have exposure to these Global Leaders.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS:
Jacob Lief, Founder, The Ubuntu Education Fund of South Africa
In 1999, Jacob Lief founded Ubuntu Education Fund (www.ubuntufund.org) with the goal of transforming the lives of the children of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, a community of 400,000 people. Ubuntu created an integrated system of medical, health, educational, and social interventions that would ensure that a child who was either orphaned or vulnerable could, after several years, succeed in the worlds of education and employment.
Ubuntu provides orphaned and vulnerable children with life-saving HIV support services and essential educational resources. The organization was started in a broom closet with a raffle on a university campus and today has over 80 full time staff in South Africa and fundraising offices in London and New York. The Ubuntu Model has become a blueprint for organizations around the world that strive for culturally appropriate, community-based development. Ubuntu’s child-centered approach highlights the difference between merely touching a child’s life versus fundamentally changing it.
Born in New York, Jacob first became interested in South Africa while growing up in London, England. In 1994 he traveled to South Africa with a delegation of students from around the world to observe the nation’s transition into democracy. Four years later Jacob returned to South Africa as a University of Pennsylvania student, where he met Malizole “Banks” Gwaxula, a teacher living and working in the Port Elizabeth townships. Together they formed Ubuntu Education Fund.
Ubuntu has been highlighted by The Clinton Global Initiative on numerous occasions as an organization effecting lasting change in South Africa. In 2009, Jacob was selected as an Aspen Institute Global Fellow and in 2010 was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.