Girlspring: Empower a girl and change the world

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 05:17 PM.

In 2010, GirlSpring was officially founded in Birmingham, Ala. Today, the organization is over 1,000 women strong, with a master plan to replicate GirlSpring nationally.

GirlSpring's mission is to provide access to reliable information, inspiring events, and positive role models so girls and young women are empowered to reach their full potential.

Their vision is to invest in girls and young women, which can build better societies, better communities, better relationships, better family lives, better political systems, better businesses, and a better world.

GirlSpring offers information via its mobile website and online community with reliable information, relevant news and social interaction in a safe environment, so girls have independent resources to help them make sound choices and wise decisions. GirlSpring also hosts gatherings, or events, that feature messages of empowerment with speakers, films and forums.

They also have a mentoring program where positive role models are provided to give girls and young women “Dream Days” with one-on-one mentors.

Taking the next step in their master plan, Alys Beach hosted a meeting Monday night for women interested in being part of establishing GirlSpring in South Walton, the site of Comer's second home. About two dozen women gathered to hear about the organization and its mission and to meet the founder.

"I saw a big need for awareness among women and them knowing how to deal with everyday issues," Comer told The Sun. "I saw women who didn't know or understand about issues such as their cars, wages, the workplace, their health, and discrimination. Women have power over their bodies but are being dictated to.”

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