Butterfly Literacy Group
611 Country Lane
Raymore MO 64083-8559
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 291-0361
Mission Statement
Empowering girls through literacy.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Aisha Brown
Board Chair N/A N/A
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2018
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer Financial donations can be made on the website and through PayPal.com

In kind 
  • journals
  • books (specific to the program)
  • books (YA Literature)
  • supplies (pens, pencils, markers, chart paper, notebooks, loose leaf paper)
  • snacks
 
Volunteer - We would like volunteers with experience in education, movie/documentary creation, creative writing, art, theatre, music, and dance.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Empowering girls through literacy.
Background Statement The Butterfly Literacy Group launched in 2015 under the executive leadership of Aisha Brown, a public school teacher and self-published author. Ms. Brown recognized a need to address the common roadblocks young girls face in under-resourced communities, including academic challenges, depression, anxiety, exposure to trauma, and low self-esteem. During the school year, The Butterfly Literacy Group provides weekly workshops and writing events using creative writing as a tool for coping and growing. Workshops have been presented in past partnerships with Grandview Middle School, Martin City Middle School, I AM 4:ThirTeens., and Grace United Church. The goal created by leadership is to form associations with the local libraries, The Writer’s Place, The Coterie, Nelson’s Atkins Art Gallery, and other arts programs around the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Girls on the Run shares a similar vision of mental health and coping skills, and the goal is to build a partnering relationship with their program.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments:
Since 2015, we have served over 60 girls. This is an accomplishment because we have kept our numbers pretty low in the past because the goal has been to work with girls in small groups. This year we have partnered with the AKAs of Kansas City (the Beta Omega Chapter). We have also partnered with the Coterie to bring their "Reaching the Write Minds" program to the girls. In addition to these partnerships, we are partnering with Martin City Middle School, providing the program after school.
 
Weekly writing workshops act as a support group where girls have a safe place to express their emotions through writing, establish healthy friendships with their peers and the group mentor, and to set goals for their future. The most recent after school program is geared toward serving girls ages 11-13, located at Martin City Middle School. Participants in the program were given a personal journal and other writing materials which they use to track their goals, feelings, and progress. Mentors teach lessons in creative writing and art.
The girls are currently learning about The Harlem Renaissance and they will participate in an Art Show and Poetry Jam in December.
 
Goals for the current year:
To meet the needs of participants in The Butterfly Literacy Group, funding priorities include moving from a volunteer to paid staff with a full-time Executive Director, and 2 part-time teachers; financial support for programming materials; and funding for mileage, events, and travel.
Needs Statement
The Butterfly Literacy Group provides easy funding opportunities through which supporters realize the tangible impact their money has on our participants. The following is a sample of funding levels:
 
$100 Would provide materials for one middle school girl to participate in our creative writing workshops:
  • Three books
  • T-shirt
  • “Swag Bag” of writing materials and supplies to encourage creativity
  • Pens (Colorful pens encourage returning to journals)
  • Journal
  • Extra notebooks
  • Snacks
  • fee for self-publishing the works of the group at the end of the semester (sales of the book will support the program)

$5000 Would support the cost of a weekend workshop for 15 girls, includes:
  • The Coterie: Reaching the Write Minds (twice a year),
  • Two shows at the Coterie (twice a year)
  • Breakfast, snacks and lunch

$8250 The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - Classes $150.00+ per person (Youth
Programs) (twice a year + lunch)
 
$1500 Program materials (Chart Paper, Markers , Crayola Markers, Pens, Pencils, Mead Composition Notebooks, etc.
 
$1500 Books for Book Club (for 15 girls. This number will change as more girls join the program.) - All of the books have strong female characters or they are for goal setting or journaling.
  • The Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank
  • I am Malala: Young Reader’s Edition
  • The Skin I’m In
  • Marley Dias Gets It Done and So Can you
  • Planet Middle School
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
  • Smile and Succeed for Teens
  • Brown Girl Dreaming
  • I am enough
Service Categories
Secondary & High Schools
Arts & Culture
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
MO
Geographic Area Served Narrative The program currently takes place in Kansas City, Missouri, but the school is part of the Grandview School District.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement In working to impact and empower girls, I've been empowered by those who see the value in this organization and program. My first goal is to always help girls become successful young ladies. As I do this work, I will continue to seek funds to hire myself as a full-time employee. I will also seek funds to hire staff that will help to impact the lives of our girls. 
Programs
Description Girls Empowered to Write Literature (GEWL, sounds like jewel) is a program created for girls in grades 4-8. Girls are encouraged to express themselves through writing and speaking. They learn ways to improve academically, and they participate in creative arts projects.
Program Budget $84,200.00
Category Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
By the end of the 4th quarter (December), 80% of the girls will participate in an Art Show and Poetry Jam.
 
In the 1st quarter (beginning January), 80% of the girls will participate in a documentary that will be presented for a public audience in March.
Long-Term Success
For girls participating in this program, 80% will be able to independently create creative writing projects, use journals for coping, and improve academically.
 
Program Success Monitored By
Progress is measured through rubrics, pre-and post-surveys, self-reporting, academic records, and mentor feedback.
Examples of Program Success Since 2015, we have worked with 60 girls. Our current group is 20 girls, who requested I bring the program back to the school.
CEO Comments In working to impact and empower girls, I've been empowered by those who see the value in this organization and program. My first goal is to always help girls become successful young ladies. As I do this work, I will continue to seek funds to hire myself as a full-time employee. I will also seek funds to hire staff that will help to impact the lives of our girls.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Aisha Brown
Term Start Aug 2015
Experience
Founder
Teacher
Self-published writer
Course through NP Connect and Score (soon through UMKC)
 
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 4
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 3
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 4
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair N/A N/A
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Carmelitta Burt
Kamille Jefferson
Luviashia McNealey
Rochelle Parker
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Board Demographics - Gender
Female 4
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2020
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2020
Projected Revenue $84,200
Projected Expenses $84,200
Spending Policy N/A
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018: Financial data reported using organization's internal financial documents.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
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Administration Expense$1,170----
Fundraising Expense$0----
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Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.00----
Program Expense/Total Expenses55%----
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Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
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Current Assets$0----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$0----
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
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Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
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Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
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Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments In working to impact and empower girls, I've been empowered by those who see the value in this organization and program. My first goal is to always help girls become successful young ladies. As I do this work, I will continue to seek funds to hire myself as a full-time employee. I will also seek funds to hire staff that will help to impact the lives of our girls.
Other Documents
Organization Name Butterfly Literacy Group
Address 611 Country Lane
Raymore, MO 640838559
Primary Phone (816) 291-0361
Contact Email aisha.brown@theblg.org
CEO/Executive Director Aisha Brown
Board Chair N/A N/A
Year of Incorporation 2018