We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Spratling and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jasmine, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
TheraPink for Girls Inc. was created to focus specifically on mental health within our communities. In the past couple of years, I’ve seen firsthand, the impact that mental health has played in the lives of children and adolescents. Suicide continues to be the 2nd leading cause of death for youth in the United States and I want my organization to help change that. TheraPink for Girls Inc. provides a platform for young girls to feel comfortable having candid conversations around various mental health topics such as, self-awareness, anxiety, peer relationships, and managing anger. We also host monthly events virtually and in the community to engage youth in self-care activities, in hopes that they will utilize these skills independently in their home environments. For youth who have difficulty opening up to others and just want a private outlet to release what’s on their mind, the TheraPink Self-Care Journal provides that. I wanted to create something fun and engaging that would help to bring journaling back to the youth population. TheraPink for Girls Inc. provides these programs to the community for access to free and easily accessible mental health and self-care resources to improve the positive well-being for kids all over. The more youth are educated and exposed to healthy ways of dealing with stress in their day-to-day lives, the less worry there will be around losing another child to a suicidal death.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I launched TheraPink for Girls Inc. on August 1, 2020 in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Since high school, I had always been a part of nonprofit organizations and always knew I wanted to create my own. I didn’t know when that would be or what I wanted to focus my nonprofit around; however, I was sure that it was going to include helping children and adolescents in some form. I have a masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and very close to finishing my doctorate degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences with a focus in Mental Health Facilitation. Once I started to see the impact that COVID played in the lives of youth and their mental health, everything became clear on what I needed to do to make use of my education and background experiences. I immediately started researching and creating plans to start a nonprofit that would help to alleviate the challenges youth were experiencing. The process wasn’t easy at all, but I enjoyed every minute of it because I knew I was working towards something that would be impactful, long-term. I am proud of myself for following through on my goals, and accomplishing more than I expected within this year. I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is that it’s okay to ask for help. I found myself becoming overwhelmed at times because I wanted to do everything on my own since I am the CEO. However, I realized to maintain my own mental health and happiness, I have to allocate tasks out to others. I now have a full board of directors and amazing interns who helps to ensure TheraPink’s ongoing progress and success. I am most excited for the future of my organization and its upcoming expansion to my hometown in Detroit, Michigan. I moved away from Detroit 8 years ago and made a promise that I would always bring back something personable to the city who made me who I am today. I am happy to say that expansion is happening sooner than I thought.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am a huge outdoor person, so when my best friends come to visit, we are likely outside under the sun with our shades on. Brunch is a favorite of mine, so we would have to go to Le Petit Marche, Roc South Cuisine, or Murphy’s. After eating so much good food, we would have to get into something active. Hiking has become the most peaceful activity that I have enjoyed since moving to Georgia, so getting our steps in while hiking at Amicalola Falls or Vickery Creek Trail is a must. We would spend that time catching up on our fast-pace life changes, reminiscing on old times, and finding the best spots to take photos for lasting memories. Of course we would need to cool down after that hike with something cold from one of the King of Pops carts located all around the city. Our other days would consist of renting a boat on Lake Allatoona because we all love the water, bike riding on the Beltline, and exploring the North Georgia wineries. Towards the end of the week, the trip would start to slow down with attending one of Atlanta’s many live music festivals, and would end with massages and a good slice of heaven from Fellini’s or Edgewood Pizza.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to the TheraPink for Girls Inc. Board of Directors and interns, and everyone who has supported TheraPink since we first launched, thank you!
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