La Mariposa Activity Guide

12-week program

Ages 12-18   La Mariposa: A Personal Empowerment Program for Adolescent Latinas engages girls in twelve interactive workshop sessions where facilitators teach personal empowerment skills (JARS – Journaling, Affirmations, Personal Rules and Setting Goals). Girls will learn about the power within and the ways in which they can lead the direction of their lives, in addition to valuable skills that assist girls in exploring the impact of the values, norms and beliefs that shape them, especially those that present barriers. This guide specifically addresses the challenges with assimilating to a dual-cultural life, and reinforces a sense of pride and connection with Latina culture. All workshops are facilitated in a relational, strengths-based, trauma informed and culturally competent manner.

Week Theme Activity/Description
1 Nuestro Mundo / Group Introductions Mi Nombre (My Name), Group Agreements (Acuerdos)
2 Mi Mundo (My World) Journaling, Tree of Gratitude
3 Mi Vida (My Life) Grounding Activity, Guided Visualization and Discussion
4 Mi Futuro (My Future) Vision Boards and Art Gallery Show
5 Mi Verdad (My Truth) Creating Personal Affirmations and Introducing Affirmations as a Skill
6 El Que Dirán (What Would They Say?) TV Show Interview: 5 Preguntas (5 Questions) and Creating Personal Rules
7 ¿Que Quiero Yo? (What Do I Want?) Influential “I” Statements, and La Mariposa Meditation
8 Mi Realidad (My Reality) Labels, Stereotypes and Expectations, and Mi Verdad/My Truth Poem
9 En La Lucha (In The Struggle) Arbol de Mi Vida /Tree of My Life’s Values
10 ¡Soluciones! (Solutions!) ¡Soluciones! / Solutions! And Lavar Mis Manos/Wash My Hands Ceremony
11 ¿Porque No Yo? (Why Not Me?) Career Interest Survey and Mis Metas / Setting My Goals
12 ¡Si Se Puede! / I Can Do Anything! I Know My JARS! Mi Regalo / My Gift to You, Certificates and Celebration

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