Join our team in Santa Fe! 

Member Duties : 1. Support collective impact partners in planning and implementation of collaborative community outreach, program coordination, and system improvement efforts. 2. Attend meetings and assist with meeting notes and follow-up activities. 3. Develop communication materials 4. Assist with planning, outreach and implementation of community engagement activities. 5. Assist partners in implementing targeted community outreach activities and events 6. Support providers and partners in recruiting or providing resource information to parents/families for the programs. 7. Create and/or update multi-media community outreach tools including social media. 8. Support providers and partners in recruiting or providing resource information to parents/families for the programs. 9. Support data collection, analysis and reporting. 10. Assist with development of evaluation tools. 11. Research best practices

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This VISTA project supports Santa Fe collective impact efforts to improve the birth to career outcomes of children, youth, and young adults up to age 24 in Santa Fe to achieve the Opportunity Santa Fe Aspirational Goals with particular focus on low-income and at-risk target populations.

These VISTA members work closely with community leaders and partners to develop and implement collaborative community outreach strategies, improve resource coordination, and engage youth and adults in the community, as well as seek grants and research best practices to ensure long-term sustainability and success of the collective impact efforts. 


Watch the short video of AmeriCorps VISTAs working on Santa Fe Collective Action Plans.



Penny Holcomb will be working primarily with The Reading Group and MathAmigos as she begins her VISTA service with Opportunity Santa Fe. Penny is a Minnesota native, but relocated to Portland, Oregon in 2002 after 18 years of public service in Minnesota – first as an assistant attorney general in the Minnesota Attorney General’s office, and then as executive director for the Minnesota Board of Social Work. In Portland, Penny pursued a new-found passion working with seniors at a multi-level long term care community doing marketing and sales, event planning, and directing a choral group. Penny loves music, hiking, and exploring new places. She is excited about serving the needs of children and young adults through the collaborative efforts of Opportunity Santa Fe.

Ralph Holcomb works on grant writing and research for Opportunity Santa Fe, coming to us from Portland, Oregon. He is unsure if he is retired.  Ralph has an MSW + Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Minnesota.  He spent fifteen years tenured teaching and administration in undergraduate and graduate social work programs at St. John’s University and the University of St. Thomas.  Then, he spent fifteen years in public service as a senior researcher and policy analyst for Multnomah County (Portland OR), mainly in county human services, but also in the DA’s Office.  He’s interested in grant writing, program evaluation, presentation of data, data storage problems, research/data collection among at-risk youth and underserved client populations.  Hobbies include hiking, doing crosswords and just hanging out with his best friend, Penny Holcomb.

Sarah Canelas returned for a full year of VISTA service with Opportunity Santa Fe after a term as a Summer Associate in 2018.  Beginning her service, Sarah will primarily be working with the Santa Fe Community Educators Network as the Extended Learning Coordinator.  She was originally from New England, but graduated from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design with a BFA in Studio Arts, as a part of its last graduating class in May 2018.  Whenever possible, Sarah enjoys spending time outdoors, working on knitting projects, and documenting random moments.  In the future, she intends to get her Masters.

Read the City’s  announcement and Santa Fe New Mexican article here.