SPARK Summit
Challenging the
Sexualization of Girls

October 22, 2010 Hunter College, New York, NY

Welcome to ASAP

The ASAP Initiative—Analyzing Sexuality for Action and Policy—is the Northeast's center for ideas and information about adolescents' sexuality and women's sexuality. Housed at Hunter College and The Graduate Center at CUNY, ASAP shapes public conversations to effect social change, taking research beyond academia and into activism. Bringing together scholars, policy makers, community organizations, teenagers and women, ASAP challenges misinformation and promotes understanding of sexuality as a fundamental human right.

Inaugural Event: SPARK Summit


The ASAP Initiative launches with a summit at Hunter College on Oct. 22. ASAP joins the Ms. Foundation, Women's Media Center, Hardly Girls Healthy Women, and TrueChild in putting on the day-long “SPARK Summit: Challenging the Sexualization of Girls.” With workshops and panels by and for girls and adults, organizers expect 400 participants on site, hundreds of registrants for the live-streamed virtual summit, and special celebrity guests.

The SPARK Summit marks the first day of a new social movement to protest the sexualization of girls and to create and demand conditions that foster the development of “whole girls”. Our goal is to to enable girls to find the mind-body connection that is vital for their well-being.