Each week mentors meet with our butterflies-in-training to engage them in activities aligned with our culturally-rooted and evidence-based curriculum.
Project Butterfly NOLA sponsors monthly events for girls including our signature programs such as the Mama Monologues, our annual wellness retreat, our Period Party, and our Having Our Say initiative.
Project Butterfly NOLA is also available to conduct workshops and seminars for girls at schools, conferences and community events. Program staff also conduct mentor trainings and workshops for educators and youth development professionals. Learn More
Project Butterfly New Orleans and Days for Girls New Orleans sponsor the annual Period Party, an event that brings together girls and women to teach about reproductive health, the divinity of women and the symbolism of the menstrual cycle. The event also provides information on the challenges girls face globally in accessing education and opportunities due to the stigma associated with the menstrual cycle. Through this partnership, participants learn ways to help address this global issue and to stand in solidarity with girls across the world.
Project Butterfly NOLA produces and directs this presentation of stories and monologues written and performed by mentors from their perspectives on their experiences as teenage girls. Themes and topics explored in this production are date rape, suicide, dating, sex, family relationships, self-esteem and other common issues faced by Black girls and women. The performances are followed by meaningful dialogues between women and girls in attendance.
Having Our Say, is the newest addition to Project Butterfly’s signature programming. The title of the program is a nod to the book about the Delany Sisters, centenarians whose story captured the unique experiences of African American girls and women in the United States. This program seeks to lift up the voices of African American girls and women by helping them examine sociopolitical issues that impact them, and helps them establish a policy platform they can use to advocate for the improvement of their lives.
This program references the work of Alice Walker that pays tribute to the spirituality, ingenuity and creativity of African American women. This event uses "the garden" as a metaphor for girls' development, decision making and wellness.
Annually, Project Butterfly NOLA embarks on a journey to self-love, self-care and healing. Each April, the butterflies-in-training and mentors travel to a retreat where girls and women participate in healing sessions and “Chrysalis Circles” to learn strategies to grow and become women healers and leaders for the community.
This event is named for the celebrated album by recording artist Solange. The program pays tribute to African American, female change agents that have broken barriers in their respective indsutries. The event also includes facilitated dialogues between our butterflies-in-training and mentors on goal setting and on identifying personal assets. It is meant to provide girls with examples of African American Sheroes whose contributions and stories serve as a roadmap to success for our butterflies-in-training
Project Butterfly NOLA's leaders and mentors are available to conduct workshops and trainings for girls and professionals who work with girls of African descent on culturally-rooted and responsive programming, culturally-centered activities, mentor trainings and advocacy trainings and workshops. Project Butterfly NOLA has conducted workshops and trainings for Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy, NOLA Our Way Symposium, the Orchid Society, Sophie B. Wright Charter School and more.
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