Having found out about Girls Spark in the summer of 2020. I wanted to be a part of a group that empowers teen girls, as part of the Girls Spark Teen Leadership Board I am on the marketing team and help spread awareness of Girls Spark. We hold monthly virtual online Free 1-hour events for teen girls ages 13-19 discussing issues that are important to teen girls, led by passionate women mentors on; Mental Health | Body Image | Self Defense | Sexual
Health | Emotional Intelligence| Harassment | Teen Health | Relationships | Dating|
Bullying | Unconscious Biased etc.. and participate in other programs that helps us
relive stress and anxiety such as Yoga De-Stress | Heal from the Core Vibration
Therapy | Mindfulness Meditation |Art Therapy One of my favorite programs in 2020 was with Anne Kirk, Director of Women’s Self Protection for Krav Maga Universal, Certified Krav Maga instructor, Owner of Kirk’s Martial Arts and Krav Maga Studio in west Chester PA.
Girls Spark comes together virtually every month for breakout sessions/ events and one of
these breakout sessions that I attended definitely left its mark on me. It was called “Live Safe
and Confident”, this amazing session was led by Anne Kirk. There was no better way that I
could have spent my Tuesday night then on this virtual interactive video call with so many
strong amazing women. I learned so much and it was incredibly informative. I didn’t realize just how much I could do to protect myself!
What we learned was a lot of basic throws; some of them were sideswipes, front punches, and kicks. This was really fascinating for me because I have never known any of these self-
defense techniques and how to use them effectively. The best part was that I was able to get
up and do them with every other girl on the event and it felt very empowering. Anne also
touched on how self-defense is not always hand to hand combat, it can be as simple as
recognizing when to leave an unsafe situation, or planning the most effective exit plan in case
something goes wrong. I absolutely loved this session and the fun lighthearted vibe!
If you want to learn more about Anne’s classes and her studio click on the link below
https://kirkskravmaga.com/ Thank you Anne for such a great event.
To learn more about Girls Spark and participate in one of our Free on-line monthly events.
Please visit our website at www.GirlsSpark.com and register now, you can register for 1 or
more event at one time and mark your schedule. If you are a teen girl ages 13-19 these short
1 hour monthly events are definitely worth your time, you won’t be disappointment!
All of our program presenters are vetted by our group of Teen Girls just like yourself.
By: Julia R, 17
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