Unleash the Leader in a Girl

by The Mariposa DR Foundation
Feb 18, 2014

Educated, Empowered and EMPLOYED!

Yanaira on the left
Yanaira on the left

Dear Friends,

Over the past few months our Mariposa girls have been involved in numerous experiential learning opportunities and job skill training workshops. The 25 oldest Mariposas, ages 14 and up have been participating in intensive job readiness and computer skills workshops.  The goal is to use experiential learning methods to introduce girls to the knowledge, language, and skills they need to enter the job fields available to them and get them excited about finding work.  The program has gotten off to an extremely successful start with more than one-fifth of the girls already steadily employed!  

Yanaira is 15 years old, a full-time high school student, and is employed by one of our partner organizations, 3 Mariposas Montessori, a local bi-lingual preschool. "It is my dream to become a teacher and Mariposa is supporting me to achieve it. I love my work and it makes me happy to be able to contribute to my family," says Yanaira. 

At The Mariposa Center for Girls we have three high school girls that are employed. Fernanda and Edileisa are developing their administrative skills as office assistants in our main reception area and Ana Iris is learning all about property maintenence and custodial management. Ana Iris who is 17 and lives on her own says "At Mariposa I like that I can stay in school, have the opportunity to learn new things like dance and art, but I also have a job where I can earn the money I need to support myself." Ana Iris is responsible for maintaining cleaning supply inventory at The Mariposa Center for Girls and making purchases for all cleaning supplies and coordinating additional maintenence staff.

This semester we also piloted a waitressing and hospitality course so that some of the girls could begin to explore employment opportunities in the tourism industry. For two months our girls trained as professional waitresses and were able to show off their skills to their guests at The Mariposa Center for Girls Inauguration Gala on February 8th.

Because of your support, our experietial learning and job training programs are enabling the Mariposa girls to explore opportunities that they can get excited about, keeping them motivated to stay in school and empowered to take charge of their futures. As each of our girls learn and grow we will continue to support them on their individual paths to becoming independent women and changing the course for future generations of their families. 

Thank you all so much for your continued support and dedication to the girls of the Mariposa DR Foundation.

With love and gratitude,

The staff, volunteers, and children of the Mariposa DR Foundation

Waitressing Classes
Waitressing Classes
Fernanda taking attendance in the Main Office
Fernanda taking attendance in the Main Office
Ana Iris at the colmado purchasing supplies!
Ana Iris at the colmado purchasing supplies!



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The Mariposa DR Foundation

Location: Ithaca, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.mariposadrfoundation.org/​
Project Leader:
Jessica Lawson
Cabarete, Dominican Republic

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