This month for our “Be the Change Spotlight” we’d like to introduce you to Project Butterfly New Orleans, an African-centered rites of passage program that provides mentoring and culturally-rooted programming to prepare girls of African descent for their transition from adolescence to adulthood.
How Project Butterfly New Orleans got started
The story of Project Butterfly New Orleans begins with a vision board workshop and a chance encounter with Niambi Jaha Echols, Founder of Camp Butterfly and author of the Project Butterfly guide/curriculum. Dr. Rashida Govan, the Founder/Executive Director of Project Butterfly NOLA went on to volunteer at Camp Butterfly in Chicago and Watervliet, MI where she learned the Project Butterfly program model. When Rashida moved to New Orleans in 2008, she began working as an intern for Urban League College Track where she introduced Project Butterfly as a workshop for girls in the program. What began as a weekly workshop has grown into a 501c3 that has served more than 200 girls across New Orleans.
What Project Butterfly New Orleans does
Project Butterfly New Orleans provides girls with experiences that increase their self-esteem; teach them effective decision-making skills; instill in them positive cultural values; connect them with positive women role models and prepare them to be responsible adults and leaders in their communities.
How can you support Project Butterfly New Orleans
You can become a monthly donor or make one-time donations to Project Butterfly NOLA via their website HERE. When you make a donation to Project Butterfly, you help girls to rediscover the power within and prepare them to transform their lives and lead their communities.
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