Girlspring: Empower a girl and change the world

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

South Walton's chapter will be headed by Christine Tarpley, who works at Alys Beach . Tarpley grew up in South Walton with a single mom who had to work multiple jobs. She approached Comer about starting the chapter of GirlSpring in South Walton.

"There are not a lot of things to do here," said Tarpley. "I want to help girls who don't have things they need and a lot of resources. I want to give back."

Tarpley says the local chapter is still forming from the ground up and they are still surveying venues for events and gatherings, looking for volunteers, sponsors, and mentors. She said a gathering and fundraiser is in the process of being planned for the fall with more information forthcoming.

"We want to also have events for girls and their moms that will help make them stronger women," she said. "Empower a girl and change the world. We will endeavor to bring equality and social justice through love, support and mentoring. We will offer bullying and self-defense classes, gatherings and events, and educational material."

Another thing that is needed is an interactive website for these aged girls where they can find out about events and have access to information about abuse, abortion, pregnancy, and other topics such as the mentoring program.

"We want an international website and reach girls all over the world where girls all over the world can chat in forums," said Comer.

They hope to have that up within six months, as soon as they can raise $200,000. 

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