Education Programs at the Mariposa
Our educational programs touch 3,000 people each year and promote our vision of peace and understanding across cultural boundaries far beyond the Monadnock region, welcoming schools from across New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont to the Mariposa in Peterborough, and sending outreach programs to dozens of libraries, schools, and other museums within a 75 mile radius. We work with students of all ages, from pre-school to high school and beyond, offering free workshops to teachers and college students around diversity in the classroom, enrichment programs for developmentally disabled adults, cooking classes that allow homeschoolers to get a taste of what it’s like to live in another country, research opportunities for students and Scout troops, and a chance for seniors to travel the globe from an armchair or even a wheelchair with one of our nursing home visits. We would be happy to tell you more about any of the following programs! And thank you to all of our supporters whose generous contributions allow us to offer these fabulous educational opportunities to the people of our region and beyond.
We develop an outreach program each year to complement the theme of the national summer reading program. In 2018, for the program’s “Libraries Rock!” theme, we toured with a workshop inviting participants to touch and play a collection of unusual musical instruments from around the globe.
Seniors, come visit the Mariposa as a group of 5 or more and receive 10% off in the gift shop along with our senior discount admission rate of $6.00 per person.
Our most recent teacher workshop, Techniques for Exploring Culture, Identity, and Community in the Classroom, brought together teachers and teachers-in-training with immigrant high school student “consultants” from Manchester West High School and Genevieve Aichele of the New Hampshire Theater Project, to teach techniques for eliciting stories as a way to build connection between students of diverse backgrounds. Future workshops will continue to target teachers of all grade levels with an interest in better understanding the experiences of immigrant students in New Hampshire and in using immigration and diversity of all kinds as a learning resource for all students. Our teacher workshops are free and offer Continuing Education Units!
Youth Empowered Through Service (YES) Program
Piloted in partnership with ConVal High School’s social studies department, YES provides a classroom-ready curriculum for implementation in partnership with high school teachers. Students work in teams to research a local non-profit organization that works to address the social needs of the local, regional or international community, then present their case to a panel of school and community judges in competition for a $3,000 charitable grant to the nonprofit of their choice. This exceptional unit encourages young people to step beyond the familiar, engage with a world of difference, and see through the eyes of others with backgrounds and points of view different from their own. YES welcomes interest from other schools interested in its proven track record of fostering compassionate citizenship!