Alison Springer is a Youth Communications Specialist based in Calgary, Alberta. She has co-written curriculum used in Junior High Schools throughout Western Canada, and has developed and facilitated programs used in Calgary’s Youth Judicial System.
A Professional Speaker and Trainer, Alison knows how to captivate and inspire teen audiences, keeping them engaged with her use of memorable sayings, innovative exercises and her own creative flair. With 20 years of experience working with youth; Alison brings the will to do whatever it takes to keep students’ attention so that the main message gets through.
Alison works with many diverse audiences ranging from street kids, student leaders, faith based youth groups, students with high needs, aboriginal youth and ESL students. This broad scope enables her to speak not just to the masses, but to the individuals among the masses.
As the Founder of Young Woman of Power a non-profit organization that provides conferences, workshops and mentorship for young women ages 12 to 30, Alison is committed to seeing girl culture change in Canada. Alongside general assemblies, Alison provides talks specially geared towards girls. Alison has become a leading resource in developing and establishing change in the girls at the schools she works with.
Alison’s passion is helping youth discover leadership and the greatness that lies within. She wants to get them exchanging the status quo for a life of passion and purpose while placing high value on people.
Her MISSION is to build a generation of CONFIDENT youth who will make positive choices that will change and shape their world and the world around them.
Mirror Mirror – ALL School Assembly (50 minute Presentation)
Mirror Mirror is an entertaining presentation with a powerful message that inspires students to lead by embracing who they are and how they were made. Alison helps students expose the ‘lying mirrors’ in their lives and the three causes that distort how they view themselves (media, comparison and things that people say). Students will learn positive and helpful ways to protect their dignity and the dignity of others. Alison shares some of the struggles she faced being black, tall and loud, along with her academic struggles. Students will realize that their strengths and weaknesses serve a specific purpose.
Addresses topics around: self-image, personal confidence, celebrating diversity, verbal bullying and student leadership.
Wait For It: Celebrating Personal Diversity – ALL School Assembly (50 Minute Presentation)
‘You are the way you are for a reason, just wait for it’ is the main message of this talk. Everyone has something they wish they could change about themselves. For some the list runs long. In this session, Alison shares her personal story about the four things she wished she could change about herself and how those things today have been to her advantage. Her humourous and relatable story will have students reflect on their own lives with great hope and promise opening their eyes to see that the things they despise will help them to rise…Just wait for it.
Topics addressed include: Ethnic diversity, self-image, confidence, academic challenges, family, self-dignity, life challenges and struggles, hope, patience, contentment, and destiny.
Let Me Make It Clear – ALL or Girls Only (50 Minute Presentation)
The purpose of this talk is to make your school or community a safer place for all but especially for girls.
Inspired by the pop song Blurred Lines, Alison makes the lines clear by defining to both genders what is sexual assault and sexual harassment.
Alison’s philosophy is that guys are good they just say or do stupid things. This talk is so necessary especially as the laws in Canada are changing as a result of Amanda Todd and the Rehtaeh Parsons tragedy. What is funny and what is not, what is acceptable and what is not is a must have conversation with boys. The earlier the intervention the better, knowledge can help save boys from irrevocable consequences.
Girls need permission to speak up and knowledge helps empower them. Many girls do not know what to do if someone assaults them or even how to confront and address the issue. Alison helps girls voice their concerns, gain the confidence to know that they must be taken seriously, that it is not their fault, and how to be a support to females.
This talk does not go into explicit details making it suitable for grade 6 and up to both faith based and public schools.
It is recommended that a school policy or protocol is developed on how your school addresses sexual assault and harassment. This talk can be a catalyst to begin this discussion or an opportunity to inform the students what your protocol is.
Topics addressed: inappropriate touching (ie. butt and breast grabbing), distribution of intimate pictures, verbal harassment (includes online), what is consent, student leadership, and courage.
(This talk has been delivered through the Canadian Student Leadership Association to private, public and catholic schools, and has been well received. For references contact Alison)
Proud to Be Pink – Girls Only Talk (50 minute Presentation)
Alison shares her love hate relationship with the colour pink. As an athlete, and having joined the military, the colour pink and what it represented wasn’t anything she wanted to be associated with. In this presentation Alison redefines what the colour pink represents, revealing the negative labels that have hindered girls from celebrating and being proud to be their unique self. After attending this presentation girls will leave with a restored sense of Female Pride, viewing other females as allies rather than enemies.
Topics addressed include: Self-Image, Comparison, Why Girls Don’t Get Along (Bullying), Helping Girls Find their Voice and the importance of their contribution to society.
Culturally Dangerous – Girls Only Talk
Girl culture has a negative reputation. It is common knowledge that the majority of females don’t like their body, they tend to not get along with one another, and they over analyze their action long enough to talk themselves out of taking steps forward. This session is all about raising up young females to change girl culture. Alison shares 10 traits of a culturally dangerous female from laughing at herself, to helping a sister in need. If you want to change girl culture in your school, this is the talk for you.
Topics addressed include: Fear of failure, speaking up, dating (understanding self), working together, generosity, self-worth, self-care.
YWOP PivotFWD Workshop (Girls Only – Workshop)
The YWOP PivotFWD is an engaging, interactive, strength based program designed to equip at girls with tools to make positive choices while instilling the confidence to do so. Delivered in six 2 ½ hour sessions or a three day after school program workshop PivotFWD addresses the key areas that affect girls confidence: Self-Esteem, Family, Friendships, Dating Relationships, School Culture, and Mental Health. This Program can be delivered during health or as an after school program.