Ophelia Project Model

“When you educate a girl, you educate a community…”

 A program of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization


Ophelia Project Mission

“Empowering young teens to increase their sense of self-worth and maximize their potential contribution to society.”

The Model

Since 1998 the Ophelia Project has quietly made all the difference for 6,000 teen girls in the Coachella Valley. Ophelia Project is a team mentoring program focused on providing educational and skill-building opportunities for adolescent girls to acquire positive values, increase self-esteem and broaden their horizons. The program is delivered by professional women who have been certified in the Ophelia Project model of Coachella Valley and volunteer their time as mentors.




Ophelia Project programs address many of the issues young women face while providing a support system to compliment family and school. Program content is readdressed annually to remain current with the circumstances of our social environments. Program delivery is structured through activities planned and led by volunteer mentors throughout the school year. Ophelia Project activities are held on school grounds during school hours.



A team mentoring enrichment program for teen girls is a vital companion piece to academics and enables high school graduation, and college and career readiness. EVERYONE benefits – students, their families and friends, the 200 volunteers who deliver the program..and the entire community! The more students we can teach, the greater the benefits,


In 2008 we initiated the Ophelia Project Scholarship Program. We now have several community partners who contribute to the Scholarship program each year. We begin informing our students about scholarship opportunities in their junior high school year.  They may  apply in their senior year.  Ophelia Girls who have graduated from high school – even years before – may still apply.  Once an Ophelia Girl, always an Ophelia Girl!