WHAT IS WRITE TO LEAD?
Write to Lead is a paid 10-month internship program, allowing high school girls in Newark, NJ to earn income while developing their confidence, leadership, and career skills. During the internship, participants set and achieve personalized learning goals, design and lead community programs for our Cocoon Club, and author our annual Leadership Journal. Designed as a tool for classrooms and mentoring groups, our Leadership Journal includes inspiring short stories, provocative discussion questions and creative writing exercises that help girls develop their leadership, literacy, and social-emotional skills.
WHAT MAKES THE INTERNSHIP UNIQUE?
What makes this internship unique is how we develop our students' confidence and leadership skills. Our girls will end their internship as published authors. The process of working together to author a book for their peers, create a marketing strategy, and plan a community book launch is a rare experience that grows their communication, project management, and servant leadership skills. Additionally, by elevating and affirming their voice as authors and leaders, we support in building their confidence.
WHAT IS BUTTERFLY DREAMZ?
Butterfly Dreamz, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps girls develop the confidence and leadership skills needed to transform their dreams into their reality. We do this by facilitating unique leadership programs and publishing diverse books that are co-written by students. Our programs and books serve as a platform for underrepresented women and girls to nurture, share, and celebrate their unique stories.
WHY ARE WE LAUNCHING THIS INTERNSHIP?
1.) It's needed. The inequities and biases that exist in our society often lead to girls feeling insecure and doubtful rather than confident and courageous. The Dove Self-Esteem Project found that 7 in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way in their looks, school performance, and relationships.
2.) Our students requested it. When asked how we could improve our current programs, 100% of our high school girls said by providing more paid internship opportunities that develop their confidence, leadership, and career skills.
3.) It's aligned to our city's education and employment goals. The City of Newark, NJ employs over 2,400 young adults through its Summer Youth Employment Progam (SYEP) because it is committed to developing an educated and impactful workforce. As a SYEP worksite, our interns will receive minimum wage for participating in our Write to Lead internship.
HOW WILL WE USE THE DONATED FUNDS?
Butterfly Dreamz seeks to raise $12,500 through this fundraising campaign. Of those contributions, $7,500 will be used to hire program support staff and $5,000 will be used for scholarships to our interns. All donations to the campaign are 100% tax-deductible.
WHO WILL MANAGE THE INTERNSHIP?
The internship will be managed by me—Joy Lindsay—with the help of program coordinators and the Butterfly Dreamz Advisory Board.