Girls Spark Empowers Teen Girls at Fourth Annual Summit, Founded by Chester County’s Julia Kasper

Girls Spark Summit Attendees 2023In Photo: (from left to right) Gabriella Diodato, Ava Riccardo, Riley Surak, 2023 participants /Submitted Image, Photo by Bridgett Woody

MEDIA, PA — More than 250 girls from public and private schools throughout Delaware, Montgomery, Chester, Philadelphia, and Bucks counties are expected to attend the Fourth Annual Girls Spark Summit at Penn State Brandywine on June 1, 2024, from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Girls Spark, a non-profit dedicated to empowering teen girls, aims to equip middle- and high-school girls with the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to tackle today’s social, emotional, mental, and economic challenges.

The event is free and is open to girls ages 11-19 in the Delaware Valley region. Attendees will enjoy transformative workshops, complimentary lunch, the opportunity to explore a vendor village, and the chance to win prizes. Registration is required at girlsspark.org/annual-summit. Free transportation to and from the summit is available from Barclay Square Shopping Center and Interboro High School in Delaware County and Downingtown West High School in Chester County.

“Since the last Summit, Girls Spark has experienced remarkable growth, successfully establishing student clubs in local schools and witnessing a substantial surge in virtual workshop attendance,” says Kim Yacoubian, Girls Spark Executive Director. “As we embark on our fourth year of organizing the Summit, we anticipate our largest turnout to date.”

The summit features workshops to help girls build healthy relationships, leadership skills, mental wellness, smart decision-making, friendship dynamics, financial literacy, career advice, self-confidence, and more. They are led by female leaders and vetted by the Girls Spark teen leadership board. This year’s Summit keynote speakers will be Jennifer Croneberger, Chief Inspiration Officer and founder at JLynne Consulting Group, who will present “The LIGHT Principle” to middle schoolers, and Erika Rothenberger, wellness entrepreneur, and influencer, who will present “The Audacity to Be Resilient” to high schoolers. In addition to workshops, attendees can participate in activities such as art therapy, yoga, and self-defense classes designed to provide a supportive environment for networking and mentorship among peers and female role models.

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In an effort to give back to the community, Girls Spark will collect menstrual products at the summit to help combat period poverty. All products will be donated to The Spot Period of No More Secrets Mind Body Spirit in Philadelphia.

The Girls Spark Summit is made possible thanks to the generous support of sponsors, including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) King of Prussia Campus, Solenis, Monarch Staffing, Sun East Federal Credit Union, Baird, IMC Construction, The O’Connor Group, Meridian Bank, Workplace Harmony, and more.

For more information and to register, visit girlsspark.org/annual-summit.

Founded in 2018 by Julia Kasper, Girls Spark’s mission is to provide middle- and high-school girls with a safe, supportive, empowering environment where they can learn, collaborate, and overcome adversity in facing today’s social issues.

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