MLK Day: A Day On, Not a Day Off

Ellie Hoffman, AmeriCorps VISTA On January 15th, our nation will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One of the many legacies Dr. King left was that of service to others. He believed “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” To honor Dr. King, the AmeriCorps VISTAs at …

VISTAs Help Spread Holiday Cheer!

Molly Timmins, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader The AmeriCorps VISTAs spread holiday cheer at Adelante’s Juntos Project. Every Wednesday Adelante’s Juntos Project serves dinner to families, which was provided by First Presbyterian this week, and the Santa Fe Community Educators Network offers an activity for the kids. At the last Juntos Project evening of 2017, the VISTAs offered fun holiday activities for …

Hour of Code 2017

The Opportunity Santa Fe AmeriCorps VISTA team participated in the 2017 Hour of Code. They learned the basics of programming as part of a national movement to increase computer programming nationwide for students in a nation where computing jobs are the #1 source of income and there are over half a million open positions. Our region became part of the …

Adelante Juntos Project

Every Wednesday night SFPS Adelante hosts the Juntos Project, serving a hot meal to homeless families and providing parent education classes on topics such as family communication and family literacy. The Santa Fe Community Educators Network (SF CEN) partners with Adelante to host fun enrichment program for the kids. AmeriCorps VISTA Adria, who supports SF CEN, attended the Juntos Project this November. SF …

​Poder Familiar-Abriendo Puertas, a project of Earth Care International

Miguel Acosta, Associate with the Center for Relational Learning and co-leader of the Poder Familiar CWG Si Se Puede! Si Se Puede! The chant, that she created, rang out and grew louder as Dolores concluded her words and prepared to enter the CCA theatre for the premiere of the film based on her life, Dolores! Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United …

Celebrating Día de los Muertos (English y Español)

Ellie Hoffman, AmeriCorps VISTA On November 1, Poder Familiar and EarthCare hosted a Día de los Muertos celebration. A group of parents met for several weeks leading up to the event for planning. They discussed the ways that their families have traditionally celebrated the holiday. Their ideas were brought to life at Zona del Sol on the evening of Día de los …

Our families Leading (English y Español)

Ellie Hoffman, AmeriCorps VISTA  The Poder Familiar Working Group is up and running! The group meets weekly with the goal of engaging parents and youth to become community leaders. In October, group members discussed the characteristics they desire to see in their children, planned a Día de los Muertos celebration, continued to develop English conversation skills, and began spreading the …

Race Equity and Implicit Bias Trainings

Sarah Cheney, AmeriCorps VISTA On October 20th and 21st, the Mentoring and Tutoring Collaborative hosted two Race Equity and Implicit Bias trainings, led by Sarah Silva of PICO National. The most important takeaway I came with was tone. When you approach topics like racism and inequality you won’t gain much support if you’re angry and defensive. But if you approach …

Ready to Read: The Reading Group’s First Event!

Adria Winfield, AmeriCorps VISTA The Reading Group, a Birth to Career Collaborative Working Group, held its first public event, Santa Fe’s Ready to Read, on Saturday, October 14th.   Young readers visited the Santa Fe Railyard from 5 to 7 pm, where they had the opportunity to practice their literacy skills with an audience of mini horses, provided by My Little Horse …