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 located in the Coachella Valley of California
Ophelia Project Mission
“Empowering young teens to increase their sense of self-worth and maximize their potential contribution to society.
A team mentoring enrichment program for teen girls is a vital companion piece to academics and enables high school graduation,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 reach, the greater the benefits Since 1998 the Ophelia Project has quietly made all the difference for 4,900 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.
The Ambassador Leadership Council is comprised of junior, senior and post high school graduate Ophelia Girls who volunteer to represent Ophelia Project at various public venues across the Coachella Valley. Ambassadors are Ophelia Girls in good academic standing with a minimum of 2 years participation in the program, who maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher and who model consistent attendance and leadership in their sessions. Ambassadors are representatives of the Ophelia Project at various Ophelia Community Events across the Coachella Valley.
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 normally held on school grounds during school hours.
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!