008: When You Invest in a Girl, the Whole World Benefits – Just Like My Child with Marni Battista

No one is more vulnerable than an uneducated adolescent girl, living in poverty.

Marni Battista is the founder of Dating with Dignity and part of the Just Like My Child Foundation. Marni talks on how she was able to get the whole family involved with charity, including her ex-husband. Marni has taught lessons to her daughters that go well-beyond helping another person. Marni and her family are currently working on the Girl Power Project, which focuses on empowering and educating young girls in Uganda. Find out more about Marni and her charity today.

Key Takeaways:

[2:35] Marni talks about how she started giving back.

[8:00] How has philanthropy changed Marni’s family?

[10:15] Mom is taking us to Uganda!

[12:10] Marni’s daughter was able to raise $10,000 from an Indiegogo campaign she started.

[17:15] It’s really powerful when young people start to see they can actually make a difference.

[17:40] Marni is so proud that she has inspired her daughters to give back.

[20:05] What happened in January?

[23:40] Marni talks about the Just Like My Child project.

[25:25] Most girls do not go past 7th grade because they’re either pregnant or they have to work.

[25:40] We need to create strong and educated women.

[29:35] The young girls in Uganda had never even seen photographs of themselves before.

[31:15] How can people get involved with Just Like My Child?

Mentioned in This Episode:




Girl Power Project




“Imagine growing up in an environment where education is wishful thinking.”


“I wanted to be something bigger than myself.”


“You don’t have to be a grown-up to change the world.”


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