When Kara was just 16, she decided to start her own nonprofit organization to empower girls across her community. She saw so many girls in her neighborhood start to hate themselves or dumb themselves down when they reached middle school, and Kara wanted to do something to change that pattern. Since the girls she wanted to target were around the age when teens first start to heavily use the internet and social media, she decided the best thing she could was to develop a social media site that would be a positive, welcoming, and affirming place for girls to go and connect with each other. With her vision clear, she sat down to figure out what she needed to do.
First, she knew that the kind of website she wanted to build was probably more than what a free hosting site could offer, so she wo