It Takes More Than a Village, It Takes a Community

by Sarah Raine Cheney | AmeriCorps VISTA, Team Leader We are familiar with the phrase “It takes a village to raise a child.” While it may be cliche, it holds a lot of truth. One of Santa Fe’s strengths as a community is our “village ability”. At Opportunity Santa Fe we see people and organizations coming together across all sectors …

After-school In the Gardens

by Dana Greenblatt, AmeriCoprs VISTA What’s more exciting for students than taking a break from the classroom? Getting out of their desks and putting their hands straight into the dirt! This became a reality for students who attend Sweeney Elementary’ s after-school program on a sunny September afternoon. When I arrived at the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens, students and after-school …

MathAmigos Inspiring Teachers

by Penny Holcomb, AmeriCorps VISTA On Saturday, October 20, MathAmigos hosted a day-long workshop for 27 teachers from the five Airport Road corridor schools: Sweeney Elementary, El Camino Real Academy, Cesar Chavez Elementary, Ramirez Thomas Elementary, and Nina Otero Community School. The collaborative working group’s goal was to empower teachers to inspire their students to love math. This workshop was …

¡Poz’Orale!

by Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorps VISTA Santa Fe is rich in art, culture, and diversity. What better way to admire these wonderful attributes than to roll them into a communal gathering in honor of its inhabitants and the changing of seasons? After months of planning, EarthCare proudly presented the first annual Poz’Orale Cookoff on September 30. Roughly 250 Santa Feans gathered …

A Room to Read

by Dana Greenblatt, AmeriCorps VISTA Amidst the flurry of fall leaves and the bustle of tourists enjoying our downtown plaza, 64 third graders from Sweeney Elementary eagerly filed off their buses and into the beautiful halls of the Inn of the Anasazi. The children whispered in excitement as they walked through the halls and into the cozy arrangement that awaited …

They Came, They Saw, They Volunteered

Molly Timmins, Opportunity Santa Fe Program Coordinator Growing up I always volunteered– through Key Club, Circle K International, Kiwanis and with numerous nonprofits across New York, Maryland, and New Mexico. By being a part of a service club, it made finding volunteer opportunities that matched my interests and skills, easy and accessible. However, for others, finding the right fit outside …

Every Day Matters – Attendance Counts!

by Ellie Hoffman, AmeriCorps VISTA Hello September! For me, September brings to mind cool mornings and the start of pumpkin season. It also means that school is back in full swing. The routines that we begin early in the school year can determine what kind of year we’ll have. School attendance is an indicator of many measures of academic success …

Reconnecting Youth Survey Data Reveal!

By: Emily McRae, AmeriCorps VISTA The Reconnecting Youth Survey (RYS) was conducted in late summer and early fall in 2017 to identify risk and resiliency factors, and barriers to services among youth who are not included in school-based surveys. Surveys were administered to 457 youth between the ages of 14 and 26 years old throughout Santa Fe County. Of the …

Summer of Literacy

Desta Shaw, AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate During the time I was a summer VISTA I worked at May Center Elementary School. May Center serves exceptional students from preschool through eighth grade, specializing in those with learning differences such as dyslexia, ADHD, and language processing disorders. They strive for their students to be seen and heard with about five to seven …