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The Riverhead community is coming together to give The Butterfly Project — a new group for young girls created by Tijuana Fulford, 30, a Riverhead native — wings to soar. The Needy ladys are Riverhead is working on plans to create a non-profit organization, so that the Butterfly Effect Project can accept donations to fund future plans for the girls.
Fulford created the group after finding that some girls were not included in Girl Scout ceremonies because they simply could not afford the dues. For Fulford, whose childhood was challenging, that hurt hit home. But rather than getting angry or bitter, she looked to the positive and created the brand-new, and absolutely free, group for girls, which meets bi-monthly, for now, at the Riverhead Free Library. After making the lunches, the girls walked around Riverhead, giving lunches to the needy. My own kids went to Riverhead schools — excelled, went to college, are professionals.
She is changing the path for these girls, and she is changing quite a few adults along the way — raising awareness and making us see what can be done in our own community. Her huge heart and relentless work to make this happen is extremely inspiring. It was hard. All we had was each other. But I was only 10 years old.
And so, the seed for the Butterfly Effect Project took root and has begun to blossom. Fulford enlisted the help of her colleague in the office, Nancy Arviddson, as well as childhood friend Tonya Miles, and another woman, Sheree James, and the four women banded together to start finding girls for the group.
Fulford believes that every young woman has the power to change her own destiny. The group started with 10 girls and is now up to around 17, Fulford said.
Each week the girls learn life lessons, including respect for elders, working hard in life, how to dress, tolerance, not to envy, how to write thank you notes, and the importance of education. And after a visit from a guest, the girls write in their journals, learning to express themselves and articulate their thoughts and feelings. The girls enjoy a series of free trips, including an upcoming visit to the Holocaust Museum.
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