Girl Icons

Girl Icons

an Initiative of Milaan Foundation
Amplifying voices of change

Since 2015, Milaan Foundation has amplified the voices of Girl Icon Fellows chosen out of 15,000 applicants. With 100 Girl Icon Fellows, and 2,000 Girl Icon Peers, currently across two states of India (Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh) and growing, Milaan seeks to scale the girl’s leadership building program utilizing a customizable digital smart solution and further galvanizing the 2,000 leaders of the Girl Icon Peer Groups.

  • 1 in 100

    Girls in rural India who complete 12th

  • 70% of India

    is rural

  • 42% of married women

    experience spousal abuse in UP

  • 70% less likely to get married early

    for girls attending secondary school in India

Our focus

“To Inspire, Incubate, and Invest in girls as being the amplified voices of change.”
Selection process

Girl Icon Fellows go through a rigorous process of selection starting with written applications and ending in home visits. To date, we have received 15,000 applications.

Peer Groups

Each Girl Icon Fellow forms a group of 20 Girl Icon Peers to collaborate on creating change together. Currently, Milaan Foundation supports 2,000 peers in two states of India: Madya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Social Action Projects

Each Girl Icon Peer group comes together to collectively impact their communities via three social action projects over the two years long fellowship. By 2017, the fellows will have completed 300 community transformations.

Meet the Girl Icons

Check out some of our wonderful fellows!

Our Team

Milaan Foundation supports team members all over the globe who are passionate about change.
Alyssa Newlon
Alyssa Newlon
Co-founder
Passionate about creating opportunities for girls internationally, Alyssa graduated from UNC-Asheville and has years of experience working with adolescent girls in the development sector. She’s also an avid fan of Star Wars.
Dhirendra Pratap Singh
Dhirendra Pratap Singh
Co-founder
With years of experience working in North India on addressing barriers to education for girls, Dhirendra is the heart of Milaan and drives the work from India.
Eli Rai
Eli Rai
Senior Program Manager
Eli hails from Darjeeling, India and has been working in Uttar Pradesh to empower girls since 2011. As the Senior Program Manager, Eli manages partners with organizations on the ground and in her free time bakes cakes.