Because Everyone Deserves  a Chance to FLY

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

                           - Pablo Picasso

Trauma alters brain chemistry. It Changes DNA. We fix it.

Our Story.

Founded in 2007 by a young married couple who beat the odds and proved that our DNA does not define us,

St. Clair Butterfly Foundation (SCBF) empowers young people all across the country, through mentorship programs based in the creative arts, to reach their potential to soar.

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Inspired by Chip St. Clair's BESTSELLING memoir

"...a bold and powerful story of tragedy and triumph.

This book gives one the courage to look within, and provides everlasting hope in the human spirit."

            - Dave Pelzer, #1 NYT Bestselling author of

                                                              A Child Called It

Trauma 101.

Extreme and chronic trauma and stress, especially during childhood, can result in lifelong health and psychological complications when left untreated.

When the brain is severeley traumatized, our basic human priorities are turned upside-down.

  • Substance use

  • Alcohol use

  • Conduct Disorder

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Pain disorders

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Extreme aggression

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Autoimmune diseases

potential effects of trauma



        Risk factors such as:  

  • poverty and high crime neighborhoods

  • exposure to drug and alcohol abuse

  • suffering constant physical/sexual/           emotional abuse and/or neglect

  • being swept into human trafficking

  • living in perpetual fear...


,,, mean that ‘at-risk’ youth are

     more likely to perpetuate

   the cycle of trauma and drama

         in their own lives.


Our Solution.

We utilize the power of the Creative Arts and Mindfulness to help young people overcome trauma, learn healthy coping mechanisms and life skills, and unlock their potential and purpose.

Before the art program, I didn't really have an outlet for my emotions. I bottled everything inside until I couldn't help it. Now I draw, paint or make music. I don't bottle things up anymore because I have outlets."        - Devyn W., 14

From public high schools and middle schools to juvenile detention and residential facilities, SCBF helps traumatized young people find the necessary outlets and comprehensive strategies to address trauma in a productive way, beyond the boundaries of their environment as an alternative to drugs, violence, and gangs...with dramatic results.


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Be the Change.

14 years. 14,000 young people served.

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With your support, we can continue to make a dramatic impact by filling the ever-growing needs of young people suffering from trauma in our schools and our communities.

just $2 a Day Can Change their DNA. Donate Today!