MARIPOSA YOUTH IMPACT PROJECT
Mariposa youth Impact Project (MyIP) has been under the auspices of the Foundation since 2014.
The MyIP mission is simple: to impact the life of individual Mariposa students. It does that through activities and programs that are designed to expand educational opportunities and improve education outcomes for all Mariposa students.
COLLEGE POSSIBLE PROGRAM
This program addresses critical education challenges such as:
- Improving availability of and access to early college mentoring,
- Increasing the number of college track students, and
- Ensuring that more students complete college applications and enroll in college.
This public-private partnership assists Mariposa youths by providing college enrollment assistance and advisement. (Currently on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
DINNER WITH A SCIENTIST
MCP10% is a Harvard designed study/project anticipated to increase high school graduation by 10%. The Foundation began this project with the vision and goal of motivating 8th grade students to stay in school and graduate from high school.
UC Merced students share their personal stories of challenge and overcoming barriers on site with over 110 8th grade students at Woodland Elementary School, Mariposa
Elementary School, and other mountain community schools.
These 8th grade students then get the opportunity to tour the UCM campus hosted by the MCP10% UCM students.
Originally designed by MyIP in 2012, this career oriented program supports high school girls in learning more about careers that pay well in scientific fields historically dominated by males.
This program is now sponsored by he Mariposa Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), jointly with the UC Merced School of Natural Sciences, Grizzly High Academic Boosters Club, Tavis Corporation and MyIP.
Expansion of the program is planned for the Fall of 2021 (or when conditions allow) to include high school boys as well as girls.
**Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this program is currently on hold.**
CHILDREN SYMPHONY PROGRAM
MCOE WRITING FESTIVAL CONTEST
Three hundred and eighty Mariposa Kindergarten through 3rd grade students attended the Children Symphony Program at the Art Kamangar Center in Merced in 2016. Funds for tickets were provided by the Merced Symphony Program and The Music of Tom Hoffman. Funds for transportation were provided by MyIP, making this opportunity free to the students.
MyIP arranged to open this writing contest for Mariposa students in grades Kindergarten through Senior year in high school. The Merced County Office of Education (MCOE) offers 26 categories in the Prose Division and 17 in the Poetry Division.
This project pairs Mariposa School District 6th grade students with a UC Merced student. The pairs exchange three pen pal letters. These Mariposa letter writers then have an opportunity to visit the UCM campus hosted and attended by their UCM pen pal.
The opera program for children, supported by Arts UC Merced, was available to school children up to the 6th grade. MyIP provided funds for transportation for this program.