Students win $3,000 for The Place to Go
ConVal students Malik Earle, Damien Faxon, Grace Bowman, Peter Salera, Owen Ellerkamp, Jessica Nerz, Stephanie Leandri, Kate Rogers and Casey Sampson gave presentations on selected charities and non-profits Thursday, in hopes of raising funds for their chosen organizations.
PETERBOROUGH — The final competition for Youth Empowered through Service was held at the Mariposa Museum on June 5. ConVal students Chelsea Broderick and Julie Cooper won the $3,000 prize for their chosen nonprofit organization, A Place to Go.
In the YES program, sponsored by the Mariposa Museum, ConVal students work in teams to research nonprofits — locally, nationally, or internationally — and learn how the organizations solve their challenges. It is offered as a multi-week unit within four government classes, across three grades.
A Place to Go, offering the state’s only free after-school program, Kids Together, has provided a safe environment for approximately 40 children in grades 3 to 8 since 1996.
The program’s mission, as stated in its by-laws, is simply “to provide an after-school care program for children in the greater Peterborough area,” but the curriculum also offers a rich and meaningful experience in a safe and caring emotional environment, with emphasis on establishing and fostering trust, respect and support for one another.
Other nonprofits represented were The Himalayan Project, presented by Grace Bowman, Kate Rogers and Casey Sampson; Hope for Gus by Jessica Nerz and Stephanie Leandri, Yole by Malik Earle and Damiel Faxon; and Goodweave by Peter Salera and Owen Ellerkamp.
This year’s panel of judges were Judy Putnam from the Putnam Foundation, former Boston Globe publisher Ben Taylor and Laura Rauscher from the N.H. Charitable Foundation. This year’s prize money was donated by Mariposa Board Member James Kelly, who has been an active proponent of YES since its inception.