TO EMPOWER THE COMMUNITY ONE GIRL AT A TIME
The Butterfly Effect Project Conduct 10-month leadership programing with the girls (totally free program) that would empower young girls, by giving them the tools to assist in achieving emotionally stable and self-confident futures, in hopes of bringing forth a generation of women who are strong, independent and knowledgeable. The Butterfly Effect Project aspires to ensure that every girl enrolled in the program has a fair chance to broaden their horizons by eliminating obstacles such as mobility, cultural differences and finances. We do this meeting the girls where they are. We do Esteem able programs that consist of Etiquette classes, cooking, hygiene, culture awareness, community give backs. We create a safe environment for the girls to be girls, while learning and empowering them to be greater than their surroundings. We encourage the girls to join sport teams and after school clubs and assist the families with supplies, while showing up to show support at their events.
The Butterfly Effect operates in socially economic distressed communities. Our girls come from Riverside, Riverhead, Center Moriches, Shirley, Mastic, Mastic Beach, Coram, Middle Island, Bellport, Brentwood, Westhampton, Flanders Northampton, and Hampton Bays. Although many people may associate the East End of Long Island being a wealthy area, I assure that is not the case for many families. The areas we service are impacted by some of the highest poverty rates on Long Island as well as lack of Diversity, engagement, mobility and in most cases opportunity. The Families, specifically the 11901 Riverhead and Riverside area (174), have a really hard time with mobility as well as with engaging their children as they predominantly come from single parent's home. The funding would allow us the opportunity to bring remove children off the wait list and build up our infrastructure to make this viable program sustainable.
Our 10 month program is comprised of 2 meetings per chapter a month. These meetings are designed to Empower, Engage, Enhance, Educate by doing Estimable Actions. We invite local people from the community to come and speak or do a project with the girls. This allows the girls the opportunity to see life from a different view point as well as break down the cultural cocoon that many underserved communities build up. At each meeting the girls receive snack as well as hygiene supplies as needed. All participants receive Back to School supplies tailored to their need.
Involvement in this program today will ultimately have a positive impact on their lives tomorrow.