On 2011, Yahaira Perez-Caraballo was searching for a way to connect better with the Hispanic community in her area. On July 16th, 2011 she invited a small group of girls and mothers to identify the needs of the immediate community. The group decided to meet weekly to begin a series of activities focused on mother and daughter relationship.
During the first year, the group focused on spending time “testing out” activities. The group began to grow. With the support of a local church and the mothers, the group continued to expand on activities including field trips to Franklin Park Conservatory to see the butterflies and learn.
The group was formed to benefit a small group of four Latina girls and their mothers. The vision grew to helping the community of girls and women. With the help of few women lovingly labeled “madrinas” the group continued to learn and grow. Each week we had an activity and support. The vision tagline became a reality: Brave Girls. Strong Women.
To date, we have reached a number of girls in the community and their mothers through our programs and with the help of so many volunteers that have taken the time to spend a day with the girls and teach them anything from a craft to how to respect and value themselves.
In 2014 we became a registered 501c3.
Our journey will continue as we expand on the vision to help more Latina girls and mothers in Central Ohio.