County Council Recognizing the Girls Spark Conference

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Delaware County Council recognized Julia Kasper, founder of the Girls Spark Conference during the public council meeting held at the Thornbury Township Building on May 29.

At just 16 years old, Julia Kasper created Girls Spark, a one-day empowering conference for high school girls to learn about, collaborate on, take action, and feel safe talking about the unique set of social, physical and emotional challenges they face during their teenage years and brainstorm ways to combat those challenges.

The conference was held on April 6 at Delaware County Community College and was attended by over 150 young women. Delaware County Council Vice Chair Colleen Morrone had the privilege of attending and speaking to the bright and energized young women.

“It was truly an empowering day for the young women who attended and a place where they could safely share the challenges and adversity they face and support one another,” said Morrone. “I was inspired by their honesty and their support and compassion for one another.”

The event was organized by a core leadership group of area high school girls and an adult steering committee of women mentors. The Friends of the Delaware County Women’s Commission and other local groups served as sponsors and featured speakers. Topics included mental health, sexuality, body image, self-confidence, self-defense, sexual harassment and the transition to college or a career after high school.

Council commended Julia Kasper and the entire Girls Spark team for hosting the event for young women in the county and presented them with a resolution commending their efforts.

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