What is GirlKind Project ?
GirlKind Project is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, founded by behavior analyst and fashion designer, Yadira Alvarez Veres. Based in Miami, Florida, GirlKind Project is leading the pro-kindness movement, to a new era of global transformation.
Inspired by her daughter Nina, Yadira, embarked on a mission to create a world where kindness and compassion are the norm and bullying does not exist.
With amazing support from professionals in the field and the help of wonderful volunteers, GirlKind Project is positively impacting girls’ lives and shifting girl culture.
Using an innovative and revolutionary approach, GirlKind Project is changing the school climate by promoting kindness and cultivating social-emotional development, instead of focusing on anti-bullying campaigns.
About our school program
Our social-emotional learning (SEL) program is creating social change and shaping a society where girls are empowered to become women who are confident and strong, have peace and joy within, and who respect and support one another.
Contact us if you are interested in the Social Emotional Learning Program or if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
One of our success stories
Amariah is the fifth of ten children, being raised by a single and unemployed mom in Little Haiti. She struggled academically, which resulted in her repeating 3rd grade twice, scoring a 1 in Reading and 1 in Math on her Florida Standard Assessment (FSA).
Her low academic performance impacted her behavior, which often landed her in the counselor’s office. However, despite her situation, she was a diamond in the rough.
The GirlKind Project has allowed her to shine bright. Her experience with the project has allowed her to blossom and be able to put her life in perspective.
Three months following her participation in the GirlKind Project, Amariah was able to get admitted in Breakthrough Miami through a rigorous process, which included an application, an interview, and a spontaneous writing sample.
Talking to Amariah, today she is more determined and willing to put the efforts into the academics. She is today an ambassador for kindness, encouraging other girls to be kind. According to her, GirlKind is the best thing that ever happened to her.
This success story was shared by Lovely Noel, Program Manager of The Education Effect at FIU
Note: The name of the child has been changed for privacy reasons.
GirlKind Project is based on scientific research showing that people who feel happy tend to be kinder and people who are kind tend to feel happier, creating what has been identified as a “positive loop” (Aknin, 2012).
Our social emotional learning program empowers girls with the tools and skills to cultivate joy and peace within and foster prosocial behavior leading to positive peer interactions.
Our Goal is to..
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GirlKind Project participants attain life-changing skills that result in a greater sense of well-being, higher self-esteem and sense of belonging and purpose.
Equipped with these new abilities and attitudes, they will tackle situations and peer interactions in a more positive and constructive way, leading to kindness, inclusion, respect and support and the extinction of negative behaviors and attitudes, associated with social bullying.
As a result, the school climate will be positively impacted and changed, improving attendance and academic performance.
We proudly and joyfully work together to improve girls’ lives in at-risk communities of Miami-Dade County.