Social Butterflies began in September 2003 when two teachers realized that the young girls who attended their urban elementary school were having difficulties in social behavior and academics. Erika Dates-Webber and LaKeacha Jett began meeting with a group of fourth and fifth grade girls weekly. Within a short time, staff members began noticing drastic improvements in the girls’ behavior and academics. After one year of Social Butterflies, grades and academics of the girls involved in Social Butterflies improved significantly.
In 2007, Social Butterflies Youth Services, Inc. launched its first program Social Butterflies Mentoring Program, a school- based mentoring program. Social Butterflies Mentoring Program gives business leaders the opportunity to invest in the lives of inner city girls to help them grow into confident, independent young women. The mission of Social Butterflies Mentoring Program is to motivate, inspire, and empower females by promoting self-esteem. This goal is realized through fun, positive weekly meetings, community service projects, sisterhood-building activities and the Free To Be Me Curriculum.