Girls Empowerment Network recently rolled out Spark Kits, a “magical and safe” way tween and teen girls to have some fun and stay connected this summer.

By Meghan Overdeep
June 30, 2020
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With traditional summer camps closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, one Texas organization has come up with a unique way for young girls to grow and learn from home.  

Girls Empowerment Network recently rolled out Spark Kits, a “magical and safe” way for girls in the 3rd – 8th grade to have some fun and stay connected this summer. These miniature summer camps in a box provide girls with 25 self-guided and collaborative activities, daily virtual access to Girls Empowerment Network’ girl experts, and other girls her age.

Credit: Girls Empowerment Network

The Spark Kit came about after the Austin-based organization surveyed 167 girls and their guardians to understand the effect of quarantine and isolation on them.

“Parents said they wanted flexible, accessible, creative activities that would allow for meaningful connections because their girls feel isolated, and we designed Spark Kits to be more than a box,” Julia Cuba Lewis, MSW, executive director of Girls Empowerment Network, said in a release. “It is a window into themselves and a connection to a community of girl experts and other girls that is available to them.”

Girls Empowerment Network stresses that this is more than just a box of activities for girls. The kit is inspired by the organization’s six C’s—confidence, coping skills, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity—which help girls feel unstoppable and build self-efficacy. Each activity offers girls a way to know themselves better and get in touch with their thoughts and feelings about themselves and what’s going on in their world.

Each $35 Spark Kit includes:

  • 15+ hours of expert-facilitated 1:1 and group activities (text, phone or video)
  • Spark Kit workbook with 25 self-guided and collaborative activities
  • Supplies for all activities
  • Inspirational messages just for her

Spark Kits (purchase here) are available for all girls, everywhere. For those in the Austin and Houston areas, the kits are available for either pickup or delivery. Spirit squad delivery—pom-poms and tutus included—is also available in and around Austin and Houston.