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. …

Introducing the fun of math at Math Power Family Night

By Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorps VISTA and Molly Timmins, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you combined the resources of community partnerships with captivating math activities, you would have found your answer at Sweeney Elementary on May 3 at Math Power Family Night, an event sponsored by MathAmigos*. A communal celebration of the STEM field was …

The Tech Corridor Addition

By Molly Timmins and Louise Majorey The Opportunity Santa Fe’s AmeriCorps VISTAs assisted the TechHire collaborative working group in organizing a portion of and get the word out about the 2018 Business Expo and Job Fair sponsored by the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, on April 5 from 10-4pm at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Louise Majorey, AmeriCorps VISTA supporting …

What Donuts Can Teach You about School Attendance (English y Español)

Ellie Hoffman, AmeriCorps VISTA Who doesn’t love free food? Since the beginning of the 4th quarter, Santa Fe Public Schools have been starting with that simple idea to acknowledge students with good attendance. At Milagro Middle School, nearly 150 students with few absences received root beer floats. They crowded around the concession stand, craning their necks to see if their …

Swap till you Drop

Dana Greenblatt and Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorps VISTAs While books and access to reading opportunities are an essential element of child development, many families do not have consistent access to books for their children and teens. The Community Book Swap aimed to address this critical need for books in the homes of so many families in Santa Fe. Late Sunday morning, …