(October 10, 2014 – Harrison, NY) Seventeen-year-old social entrepreneur Mary Grace Henry, founder of Reverse The Course Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to change girls’ lives through the gift of education, congratulated Malala Yousafzai on winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
Ms. Henry said, “Every young girl – no matter where she lives – should have the right to an education. Malala’s bravery is an inspiration to all of us who have joined in the fight to effect generational change around the globe. I congratulate Malala on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. I hope one day to meet her and to be able to learn from her extraordinary experiences and apply that knowledge to my work at Reverse The Course.”
At the age of 12, Mary Grace Henry of Harrison, New York decided to make a life-changing difference for one girl by helping that girl go to school – and she wanted to find a way to pay for it herself.
She asked for a sewing machine as an early birthday present and taught herself how to make reversible headbands. She called her business “Reverse The Course,” hoping her reversible headbands would “reverse the course” of one girl’s life.
Now a high school senior, Mary Grace has designed over 200 accessories for girls of all ages, and sold more than 11,000 items. One hundred percent of the profits from her business fund education for impoverished girls.
Mary Grace’s dream to “reverse the course” of one girl’s life has grown and continues to thrive. As of July 2014, Reverse The Course Foundation has provided support for 45 girls, primarily from Uganda and Kenya, funding 115 years of their tuition, boarding fees, uniforms, testing and textbook costs.
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