GirlSpring, an online company based in Birmingham, is most definitely making an impact on women in Birmingham and beyond. Started for the purpose of empowering women, the organization allows girls to publish their works to the GirlSpring website created in May 2016. This work, whether it be an article, a piece of art or a poem, may influence other young women and inspire them to reach their full potential.
Senior Jane Perry Starling, a writer for GirlSpring, said, “I believe all women should feel that they have the power to do anything they set their minds to, and I hope my articles spark a sense of self-worth in these young women like myself.”
The company also provides girls ages 13 to 18 the opportunity to get more involved in the community through a group called Springboarders. Young women in Springboarders format the content on the GirlSpring website, organize programs, volunteer and publish their own work. As of right now, Starling is the only Springboarder from Mountain Brook of the 16 girls in total.
Starling explained her experience as a Springboarder and active contributor for GirlSpring. “I love being a part of Springboarders. One thing we are doing right now is a team for the Race for the Cure on October 15th, so we definitely focus on reaching out to the Birmingham community.”
“I am so happy I got involved in GirlSpring and Springboarders this year. I love to write, and I want to inspire other girls through my personal experiences and what I have taken from them,” added Starling.
Girls can write articles and submit other works about a wide range of topics. For example, there is even a poem about grass published on the website. Starling has written articles about body image, human trafficking and her experience at Sawyerville Day Camp, a camp that provides children in Hale County the opportunity to pray, play and learn. GirlSpring truly allows young women to express their thoughts, opinions and personal experiences.
Executive Director Kristen Greenwood mentioned some of the work seen on the website. “We address issues like bullying, drug and alcohol abuse, peer pressure, stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and other things young girls deal with, especially in their high school years. However, often, the girls that are writing and contributing to the website might not be directly addressing those things. I’ve had girls write about tips on starting the school year or how to prevent acne. They can write about almost anything.”
To get any work published on GirlSpring, simply contact Greenwood, and she will approve the article before it is published. To be a part of the Springboarders group, you must be a girl committed to the organization between the ages 13 to 18. If you meet these requirements and are interested in becoming a Springboarder, there is an application to fill out and submit online at www.girlspring.com.
Greenwood highly encourages any girls interested to publish their work or apply to be a member of Springboarders. “GirlSpring is empowering girls not only in our community but also outside of it. We are working on extending into Nashville and possibly even further in the future. Anyone can get involved and make their mark.”