The Proyecto Mariposas is a non-profit organization that provides an environment of learning, sharing and support to Latina Girls and their mothers.

We began our journey on July 16th, 2011 with four girls and their mothers. Our vision has been to develop brave girls and strong women. Through our programs we build self-esteem, encourage risk taking and create a community of love and learning. We work with Latina girls ages 2-17 in Columbus, OH by providing activities that are focused on culture, development and health. We want our girls and mothers to be physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally healthy. We do this through our approach and programs.

Our Approach:

We focus on building the relationship of mother-daughter. By educating and building the self–esteem of girls and women, we are also building the family and the community. We have Values that guide our actions. We encourage communication. We are also committed to utilizing the Developmental Assets Identified by the Search Institute.


Our Programs and Activities:

Weekly Programs
Every Saturday our girls and mother come together for two hours to learn, build skills and stronger relations. Our weekly activities include:

  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Design
  • Cooking
  • Leadership Skills
  • Acting
  • Inner Beauty
  • Outer Beauty
  • Topics of interest to the girls

Mochilas para Mariposas
For the last two years we have provided school supplies to all girls in the group thanks to the donations of friends of the Mariposas. Each girl receives a “mochila” with essential supplies to begin the school year

Dia de la Niña
October 11th is the International Day of the Girl Child. We celebrate our girls and their achievements. Girls have a chance to wear the dress of their country/region and be presented by their parents

Brave and Strong Summer Camp
Week long day camp for girls ages 11-17.

Dia Profesional
This year we established “El Dia Profesional” where girls can visit an organization to learn about the different roles and professions available

Workshops for Women
We partner with the community to bring workshops to the mothers on health and nutrition