Hey there, Butterfly Dreamz fam!
Today is special. A decade (yes, 10 years!!!) ago, I sent out my very first Butterfly Dreamz email, announcing the start of my first children's book and the founding of our organization: Butterfly Dreamz, Inc. 🥰
Whether you have been with me on this journey for a season, a reason, or a lifetime, I'm incredibly grateful for you.
This has been more than an entrepreneurship journey—it has been a collective story of healing, hope, faith, and impact. For my family, Butterfly Dreamz continues a legacy of 5 generations of public service, social entrepreneurship, and community leadership.
To reflect on these past 10 years of Butterfly Dreamz, I've asked our Board Chair (my mom, Heather), our Board Secretary (my big sis, Tiffany), and one of our Youth Leaders (my niece, Kayla), to join me for a conversation.
In the video below, you'll hear us reflect on:
With all my heart, I thank each of you. I love you immensely and am honored to be in this together. Here's to 10 years—and many more to go! 💕🦋
Much love & light,
We had an opportunity to join ABC News tonight to talk about our current scholarships and our work with youth leaders in Chicago and Gary!
Greetings, Team Butterfly Dreamz!
We hope you're enjoying this season of love and thanksgiving. At Butterfly Dreamz, we're grateful for quite a bit, including:
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Hey there, Butterfly Dreamz tribe! ☀️
We're checking in to see how you're enjoying your Leadership Journal. We may be slightly biased, but so far it's our favorite read of the summer. 🥰 If you're loving the journal as much as we are, please write a review on Amazon!
As we read, write, and color in our Leadership Journals, we often find ourselves reflecting back to last month's virtual book launch and our in-person Books & BBQ event at our new headquarters, Grandma's House, in Gary, Indiana. Such fun and beautiful times! THANK YOU to our entire community for showing up and celebrating with us! WE LOVE YOU ALL!!! ❤️
Have a powerful rest of your week, Butterfly Dreamz tribe!
Much love & light,
The Butterfly Dreamz Team
We had a spectacular time at Grandma's House, celebrating our girls' successes this school year and the launch of our Leadership Journal. The NWI Times featured the event in this beautiful article!
Our Program Director, Kyla Carter, and our High School Community Ambassador, Natalie Henry, have a conversation with ABC News about our work, including the launch of our Leadership Journal and our first annual Butterfly Weekend in Chicago, IL and Gary, IN.
On Sunday, May 1st, many of our seniors shared their college and career decisions for National Decision Day, and we're so proud of them!! ❤️ If you missed our social media posts, here's a quick snapshot of where some of our girls are headed:
Please join us in celebrating our girls!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and/or LinkedIn, where we'll continue to keep you posted as more of our youth leaders make their college and career decisions.
We're elated to be featured by News 12 in their "Jersey Proud" segment this week, celebrating our community impact and Joy's recent acceptance to Harvard! Joy Lindsay, our Founder and CEO was pleasantly surprised when a friend texted her a screenshot of the feature. Reflecting on all the recent community love she's received over the last few days, Joy wrote:
"Feeling and embracing all the love and I am incredibly grateful! Thank you, everyone, for the beautiful expressions and warm wishes. My Newark, NJ community has grounded and loved me through some of my toughest life moments, and it is an absolute honor to see “Jersey Proud” of Butterfly Dreamz and my acceptance to the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I hope to continue making you all proud, and I am forever grateful to everybody who welcomed this girl from Gary, Indiana into Jersey many years ago and supported me in making a home here. Love you all and thank you News 12 New Jersey for the thoughtful feature."
This blog is updated with love by the Butterfly Dreamz staff to keep you informed about our latest happenings.