Mariposa is a life-skills and leadership program for fifth-grade girls, including any students who identify as female, in the Walla Walla School District. The curriculum focuses on skills and topics that will help students become effective leaders in their communities, such as:
- Goal setting
- Speaking assertively
- Conflict resolution
Mariposa is designed to equitably provide these lessons for girls in the district, regardless of race, socioeconomic class, or any other potential systemic barriers. Mariposa works to empower girls and eliminate racism by creating a new generation of confident female leaders.
Started in 1997 at the Farm Labor Homes as a response to the high Latina drop-out rate, Mariposa is now offered to all girls at Blue Ridge, Sharpstein, Edison, Green Park, and Berney elementary schools.