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Life Can Always Use a Little Sparkle!
Written by Dan Tidsbury   

Kristal Barrett-Stuart shares her thoughts on the Sparkle Project BC.

photo of Kristal Barrett-Stuart

The Sparkle Project BC is a movement that seeks to inspire and equip young girls aged 10 to 17 years to lead healthy, self-confident, and successful lives. A community of British Columbian women, these entrepreneurs, artists, and public figures dream of a world where girls have a sense of self-love and selfconfidence to identify goals, pursue passions, and plan for success.

The women of Sparkle have pooled their collective wisdom to create inspirational and practical resources for young girls everywhere. The project includes workshops, a book titled Sparkle: An Inspirational Handbook for Young Girls, inspirational merchandise and the inspirational anthem “Sparkle” co-written and produced by Juno award-winning country singer, Carolyn Dawn Johnson and performed and co-written by The Sparkle Project founder, Kristal Barrett-Stuart.

Partial proceeds from sales of the book, song and workshops will help create bursaries for girls that need financial assistance to further pursue their dreams and ultimately, find and celebrate their inner sparkle.

We spoke with Kristal Barrett-Stuart about the Sparkle Project, her involvement in it, and the vision for the future.

WHY IS THE SPARKLE PROJECT NECESSARY?

Young girls today are faced with more challenges than ever before! The pressure to fit in and to be perfect is having a major impact on young girls confidence. Then add in social media. There is a real lack of self-love and a real lack of resources available to help support and empower young girls through their most challenging years.

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED?

I founded The Sparkle Project BC in August of 2014. It had been a dream of mine since I was 16 years old. I felt such a need for support at that age and that need inspired my passion to make a difference and empower young girls when I grew up. I was moved to finally chase that dream with the birth of my daughter almost 4 years ago. As a mother, I just can’t stand the thought of my daughter growing up to lose sight of what makes her special and inherently valuable. If the Sparkle handbook, song and workshops can give girls some really simple, practical advice for holding onto who they are, I will feel like I’ve achieved one of my major goals in life. It’s time girls were taught to love themselves!

WHAT IMPACTS HAVE YOU SEEN IN THE LIVES OF THE GIRLS SERVED BY THE PROJECT?

I have heard so many amazing comments, whether it is from the mothers who thank me for inspiring their daughter through the workshop, or a young girl expressing how the Sparkle book changed her life.

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN THE PROJECT CHANGED YOU?

This project has changed me in so many ways. I feel like I am finally living my true purpose. It has opened so many beautiful doors, has given me the opportunity to meet so many amazing women/people and most of all it has taught me a few key lessons:

  • Never be afraid to ask (the worst thing you could ever hear is no)
  • We are so much more powerful when we support each other (collaborate, instead of compete)
  • You can do anything you put your mind to

WHERE DO YOU SEE THE PROJECT GOING?

My long term goal is to create a global movement, to have sparkle facilitators in each community offering workshops/mentoring, and to launch a sparkle confidence camp next summer!

... AND THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES?

Spreading the sparkle - creating awareness that the project exists and is here to help support young girls!

HOW CAN OUR READERS GET INVOLVED?

Check out www.thesparkleprojectbc.com. Help us spread the word. Buy a sparkle book for a young girl in your life or send them to a sparkle workshop! Every bit makes a difference.

Dan Tidsbury - Copy Editor




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