Mariposas: Mujeres Cambiando el Mundo is currently involved in four main programs. We host an annual empowerment camp for young women from marginalized communities in central Mexico. This camp is organized by currently serving Peace Corps volunteers.
To ensure sustainability and to reach out to as many young women as possible, camp participants go on to form community service clubs back home in their towns and villages. The girls put their newly acquired leadership skills into practice as they organize community beautification campaigns, educational events, and environmental activities.
Investing in education is one of the most effective ways to fight poverty and empower girls. We are also committed to helping these girls continue their education. All camp participants are eligible for university scholarships which enable these young women to achieve something many thought was impossible: a college education.
To help promote environmental stewardship, foster global citizenship, and improve professional development we offer a annual Environmental Service Adventures program to previous Camp and current club participants of Mariposas. As part of the 10-day program the girls travel to another city in Mexico and volunteer over 20 hours with local organizations including leading workshops with local kids, organizing beach cleanups, and increasing awareness about environmental conservation efforts.