Our journey began in July 2009, when we deposited $1 in a bank account and pledged to invest in the girls, families, and community around us. We knew that investing in girls is the key to ending poverty, but we weren't sure exactly how to make those investments, how to keep girls in school, how to define empowerment, and how to convince families that their daughters and sisters should be the ultimate priority in their homes.
Within the first year, we learned that starting girls in the program at age 12 was too late. By 12, girls were already seen as women in the community, and we needed to start earlier. We were surprised to find that their mothers were often the biggest obstacles standing in the way of their success and that the whole family needed to be on board. We learned that just keeping them in school wasn't enough, and we needed to provide wraparound services that kept them happy, healthy, and safe.
Our program is designed to provide various forms of support to the girls and their families:
Working with girls is both challenging and rewarding. We know that our investment in girls is closing the gap on generational poverty. We've seen with our own eyes how entire families are lifted out of poverty when girls are given the opportunity to reach their full potential. We've engaged thousands of dedicated volunteers, donors, educators, and partners along the way, and now is the time to build upon these relationships, create new ones, and share best practices. The Mariposa Project campus is the ideal place to do just that.
Join us, and be a part of the effort to unleash the power of young women and transform communities.
Invest in a brighter future: Empower and educate the next generation of women leaders by supporting the college education of 10 young women from underprivileged backgrounds. For just $1,700 per year per young woman, you can help break the cycle of po
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