Our programs are time-tested, research-based, and have profound results.

The L.O.D.G.E. Project® is the youth development program (offered at S.T.R.A.W. Inc. ™ Center for Young Women©) created specifically:

  • in direct response to the growing number of young women that are in danger of falling through the cracks at school or within the Bahamian society.

  • to identify under-served young women who are having a turbulent transition to adulthood and offer a positive support system to avoid the pitfalls that can derail their lives.

  • to encourage youth to express themselves, transcend personal boundaries, learn the value of service to their community, and develop individual assets that foster healthy and meaningful lives.

The focus differs slightly with each programming option, but the goal remains the same: empower the young woman to make positive changes in her life and encourage her to achieve her own level of personal success.

Program options include signature series such as:

  • The Butterfly Project© – girls only program;

  • Youth Leadership Academy© – includes community service, life skills coaching and an annual summer leadership camp for girls;

  • Alpha School Tour© – special presentations and assemblies at local elementary, junior and senior high schools;

  • Community Works – community based service learning

Participants also have the opportunity to participate in the Annual Girls Leadership Conference© which attracts and engages hundreds of teen girls from all public and private high schools throughout New Providence and the Family Islands (in the Bahamas).