Ready, Set, Read!

By Dana Greenblatt, AmeriCorps VISTA For volunteers who arrived early Sunday morning to set up the Community Book Swap at the Santa Fe Place Mall, it seemed as if the stream of book boxes being unloaded would never end! While the majority of books from the March swap were generated from donation boxes placed in local schools, facilitating book collections …

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César Chávez Open House

By: Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorps VISTA On August 13, 2018, César Chávez Elementary School rang in the new school year with a special evening dedicated to the families within the Tierra Contenta community. At Monday’s Open House, students and parents were invited to explore the campus, and mingle with teachers as a way to help envision the learning environment, and more …

My Summer as an AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate

By Fiona Lamb, AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate When I was in second grade I was diagnosed with dyslexia and was far behind my classmates in regards to reading proficiency. I was lucky.  I had access to the support I needed to perform well in school from then on.  However, I know that many children in Santa Fe are unable to …

TechHire Summer Associates meet the Mayor and Han Solo

By: Jenifer Nevarez, NM TechWorks and JC Ramirez, AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate The TechHire Santa Fe Collaborative Working Group and their coordinator Jennifer Nevarez are honored to work with three outstanding VISTA Summer Associates this year. JC Ramirez, Elizabeth Guthrie, and Alexis Rodriguez have been learning about Tech entrepreneurism at the Santa Fe Business Incubator and computer coding by working with Eric …

Beads and Seeds- An insight into the 1st week of Community Educators Network Summer Programming

Kemely Gomez, AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate        Community Educators Network Summer Program- Week 1 The City of Santa Fe and the Community Educators Network are collaborating to provide a fun and enriching Summer Program!  It’s taking place at two sites, El Camino Real Academy and Sweeney Elementary School, and has started with a full range of exciting and …

Parents helping their schools make decisions! (English y Espanol)

Ellie Hoffman, AmeriCorps VISTA During the month of May, nearly 50 parents and grandparents from four Santa Fe Public Schools attended forums to share about their experiences with SFPS. Crystal Ybarra, SFPS District Social Worker, organized the forums and plans to use the feedback to create priorities for the 2018-2019 school year. Forums took place at Capital High School, El …

Joint Effort Between SFCC and SFPS Brings 49 High School Seniors Closer to College

By: Todd Eric Lovato, Executive Director, Santa Fe Community College Too many high school students and their families in our region still don’t think college is within their reach. Research shows that the barriers for these students can be significant. Financial uncertainty, family obligations and immigration status are common barriers cited among those who do not enter higher education after high …

Fiesta Para Bebés: Celebrating the First 5 Years of Life

Emily McRae, AmeriCorps VISTA We’re excited to announce that the 4th annual Fiesta Para Bebés kicked off last Saturday, May 12, at El Camino Real Academy, and it was a blast! New and expecting parents and families alike joined together for a fun Saturday morning with their kids, to learn about all the amazing community resources Santa Fe has to …

The Festival of Learning

Sarah Raine Cheney, AmeriCorps VISTA According to Wikipedia a festival “is an event ordinarily celebrated by a community and centering on some characteristic aspect of that community and its religion or cultures.” What I particularly like about this definition is that it’s defined as an event celebrated by a community. If you search the word festival on either Marriam-Webster or …

Appreciation for the AmeriCorps VISTAs

April 15 – 21 is Volunteer Appreciation week, during our April Open Communications meeting, several of our collaborative working groups took the time to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our AmeriCorps VISTAs. Listed below are just a few of the thanks and praises our VISTAs received. “SFCEN has been immeasurably changed through the support of AmeriCorps VISTA members. …