Ophelia Project Model
“When you educate a girl, you educate a community…”
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.
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. In the spring of 2015, we entered into a partnership with our local community college, College of the Desert, to annually award fifteen Ophelia Girls two years of scholarship assistance. This is exciting because it expanded our model from a program that serves 8th through 12th grade, to a program that serves 8th grade through Associate Degree! Thirty Ophelia girls are on College of the Desert campus earning their Associate Degree every year!