““I’m interested in what can be done in our country to improve the quality of life for women,” Jane explains. “It starts here, by empowering our girls to be strong so they can change the world.”
GirlSpring was founded in 2010 in Birmingham, Alabama by philanthropist and social activist Jane Stephens Comer. A Birmingham native, Comer went back to pursue her degree later in life and graduated from Birmingham Southern College. She raised three children, founded a small business and has been actively involved in the community for many years. Comer has served on the boards of the Alys Stephens Center, Alabama Ballet, Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Museum of Art. Also, with her generous gift to UAB, Comer spearheaded efforts to create ArtPlay, a center dedicated to cultural programming for children that thrives today.
After her many accomplishments and civic contributions, Comer knew her next endeavor needed to tap in to one of her greatest passions – empowering women and girls.
She had the opportunity to do just that when Gloria Steinem challenged her to commit one outrageous act for justice, and Jane obliged wholeheartedly. “I was attending Gloria’s seventy-fifth birthday party in 2009 when she issued a challenge for everyone in the room to commit one outrageous act in the cause of simple justice—something that would make the world a better place,” Jane says. “Three months later, seven women gathered in my living room to discuss what could be done to raise awareness of gender equity and the power of women to empower each other.”The result was GirlSpring, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Birmingham, Alabama, that focuses on the issues, activities, and concerns of girls and young women.
EMPOWER A GIRL, CHANGE THE WORLD.
Today, GirlSpring provides girls ages 13-18 with unique experiences that empower them by creating opportunities for their voices to be heard. We offer a forum for girls to share their ideas, experiences, and ultimately help them grow into strong women who will lead productive, successful lives.
Mobile Web Site / On-line Community
A platform that gives girls an opportunity to exchange relevant information with their peers in the form of articles, artwork, and poetry; keeps them updated with breaking news on girls and women’s issues; and gives them the opportunity to discover the types of issues other girls their age are struggling with.
A teen advisory committee that provides girls an opportunity for social interaction and helps shape the website by advising and creating content. Older girls in the group also serve as role models to the younger girls.
Events that feature messages of empowerment with speakers, films and forums.
One-on-one career mentoring to girls in the field of their choice, provided by positive role models that are recognized professionals in their field. Through our programs, we empower girls by giving them a platform for their voices to be heard, exposing them to positive role models, and engaging them with their peers.
We believe that this will help them to lead productive, successful lives. Our investment in girls and young women builds better communities, better relationships, better businesses, and a better world overall.
Please contact Kristen@girlspring.com or call 205.999.1660 for more information.