Mariposa DR Foundation

Project Title: Unleash the Leader in a Girl

Location: Dominican Republic

Grant Amount: $44,450

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Areas of Impact: Education & Literacy, Gender Equality, Leadership Development

Mission of Mariposa DR Foundation
Our mission is to educate and empower girls to create sustainable solutions to end generational poverty.

Unleash the Leader in a Girl is an experiential education program that teaches girls leadership qualities and marketable skills, setting them off on the right path to become active leaders for social change.

We achieve results through six key focus areas: academic enrichment, community engagement, experiential learning, health and wellness, international awareness and summer programs. Unleash the Leader in a Girl is focused on creating experiential learning curricula to implement our academic, health, arts, sports, community service, and environmental education programs, allowing the girls to be active partners in their learning process. During the academic year these activities are carried out in small groups throughout the week. On Saturdays all of the girls in the program meet together to do leadership and bonding activities, including community service projects and field trips. During the summer we hold a Girls Leadership camp, a four-week girls-only day camp that encompasses all of the themes focused on throughout the year.

Why We Love This
Mariposa involves the local community in achieving its success in a unique and holistic way. By including family members, it ensures a higher participation rate which ultimately is necessary for true systemic change. Their ultimate goal is to create a "conveyer belt from cradle to college for girls and their children." They engage regularly with their families and work along with parents, siblings, neighbors and community members, making sure that everyone benefits from their girls being in the program. We also love their belief that success is different for each child because each girl is unique and has a different set of challenges that may be standing in her way. Mariposa does an excellent job identifying these challenges and incorporating the entire community in finding a realistic and sustainable solution.


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