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 …