End of Service Reflections

Tom DuBois It’s been an interesting year.  After teaching in public high schools for nine years the pace, culture, and cleanliness of the bathrooms at the community foundation was both jolting and welcome.  I remember telling myself that maybe this self-imposed sabbatical would work out.  The first weeks were spent trying to wrap my head around where exactly I fit …

Hot Meals for Santa Fe Families Served with a Side of Study Time

Alishiya Kapoor ​New and Expanded programs in Santa Fe offer meals to families. This fall/winter throughout Santa Fe, there have been three programs that have emerged or expanded to offer meals to families around the city. The Homework Diner started in Late November at Boys & Girls Club of Santa Fe on Jaguar drive.  In partnership with Santa Fe City, …

Mentoring Movement Gains Momentum

Molly Timmins ​ Year Starts off with a surge in mentoring with a supercharged VISTA behind the wheel.January sees the launch of the Santa Fe Mentoring and Tutoring Collaborative (SFMTC), formerly the CONNECT Collaborative Working Group of the Birth to Career Collaboration, a collective impact initiative supported by the Santa Fe Community Foundation. Its mission is to champion a city wide …

Monumental Growth in Success at Santa Fe Community College

Achieving 75% increase in graduation and completion rates with active student outreach ​By: Salome Block, AmeriCorps VISTA- Grant Writing, Best Practice Research and Communications Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) is one of the leading community colleges in the nation. As a Birth to Career partner, their programs address everything from early childhood to career and workforce development, taking the phrase “birth to career” literally. The school says their involvement in collective impact and alignment of their outcomes and strategies has been …

¡YouthWorks! It isn’t magic – but it sure feels like it.

By: Tom DuBois, AmericaCorps VISTA ​Arriving at ¡YouthWorks! is always exciting!  The parking lot can be quiet, but it’s usually not.  If you make it past the gauntlet of hungry, eager youth without a few glares of distrust, you must be a familiar face and adept at the hand slapping fist bump.  Arriving on the Tuesday morning before Zozobra felt …

Solving Absenteeism by Getting Personal

By: SFB2C Communications Team How Communities in Schools Gets Results with a Relationships-First Approach Lack of “meaningful relationship” was identified as one of the key root causes for high absenteeism when the District was planning the “Mission Attendance” initiative in 2014, says Dr. James Lujan, the Associate Superintendent at the Santa Fe Public Schools who currently leads the District’s Truancy Taskforce.   (Other …