Last month actress and television producer Raven Symone made her Broadway debut as Deloris Van Cartier in the theatre adaption of “Sister Act.” In addition to gracing the Great White Way, the former “That’s So Raven” star also kicked off her latest global health care initiative with Merck’s “Plan It Forward” campaign in an effort to inspire young women in planning their future.
During a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Symone opened up on her involvement with the campaign, thoughts on attending college and her reaction to dealing with the flu early while starring in “Sister Act.”
Can you talk about your involvement with the “Plan It Forward” campaign?
“Plan It Forward” is it’s a way for young adults and young women to plan their lives, whether it’s in education, career, family planning, contraception, or how ever you want to continue to live your life. With this website you’re able to use the different tools that they have to help you reach those goals.
In addition to helping young women reach their goals, the site is also sponsoring the nonprofit organization, “She’s The First.” How does that tie into the initiative?
I think that’s another part of the campaign that I love the most. It’s helping young women around the world do things for the first time in their community, country, or village. “She’s The First” foundation is to make sure that you’re the first girl to go to college if your entire family hadn’t. Or you’re the first one to leave your village and start a company. With Merck giving $25,000 to that foundation and adding them to “Plan It Forward,” I think it just goes to show you that females are coming together, it’s not just about the hair color and clothes, it’s about making a positive choice for the future.
Were you the first at anything in your family?
I was the first not to go to college, because I was working. But I’m going to make sure that I go, eventually. My mom is actually sadden by it, she’s like, “you’re the only one in my family who hasn’t been to college.” But it’s my plan to go to college.
Read Raven’s full interview at the Huffington Post.