Founded as a provisional project in 2005, the Butterfly Project is now a signature program of the Junior League of Huntsville.
The Butterfly Project rewards deserving girls from each public high school in Madison County who show commitment to academia, exhibit leadership, and demonstrate an ability to persevere in the face of hardship. School counselors choose ten girls from their respective schools, all of whom are invited to participate in the Butterfly Project. Participants are invited to volunteer alongside the Junior League at volunteer nights with other community projects; shop at the Butterfly Boutique, where they select a formal dress and accessories for prom at no cost; and apply for Monarch Scholarships to further their education. These deserving young women receive not only a prom night transformation, but also get to see what the Junior League is all about: philanthropic service! Scholarship winners also receive assistance toward earning an education to transform their lives forever. It is our hope that as these future leaders are recognized and rewarded for their initiative and drive they will feel inspired to continue to work toward their goals and understand the value of giving back to their community. We like to think of these women as potential members of the JLH of the future!
The Butterfly Project is indebted to many generous sponsors that help make it a success year after year. The Butterfly Project wouldn’t succeed without the shops, boutiques, and individuals that donate dresses and accessories; salons that donate their services; moving companies that help us set up boutique each year; and the countless other businesses and individuals that give monetary and in-kind donations to help us make our Butterfly girls feel special.
The Butterfly Project gladly accepts as donations: new or like-new formal dresses, evening bags, jewelry, shoes, and monetary donations for scholarships and other expenses. If you would like to contribute to the Butterfly Project, please contact the office of the Junior League of Huntsville.