Bright Spot: Extended Learning Programs a Growing Focus in Santa Fe

By: Alishiya Kapoor | June 22, 2017 The importance of high-quality after-school and summer programming is well understood. This is particularly important during the summer months, as many students experience the “Summer Slide” – see video below. Fortunately, high-quality after-school and summer programming – also referred to as extended learning programs – have been a growing focus here in Santa Fe.  For …

Tom Dubois’ End of Service Reflections

By: Tom DuBois | June 8, 2017 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 …

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

Alishiya Kapoor | February 9, 2017 ​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 …

Mentoring Movement Gains Momentum

By: Molly Timmins | January 13, 2017 ​ 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 …

Taking on the challenge of merging college courses with project based learning.

By: Vanessa Martinez | December 7, 2016 Many of us can recall the overwhelming nervousness of our first day of high school; call to mind, the stress of finding your first class, or securing a place to eat lunch, and who can forget the dreaded PE class! Those days are becoming less common as a new educational revolution takes over: early …

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 | November 7, 2016 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 …

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

By: Tom DuBois, AmericaCorps VISTA | October 11, 2016 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 …

Solving Absenteeism by Getting Personal

By: SFB2C Communications Team | September 8, 2016 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 …

Collective Impact in Action in Santa Fe’s Summer and Afterschool Programs

By: Salome Block, AmeriCorps VISTA- Extended Learning Outreach and Resource Coordinator | August 17, 2016 What Does Collective Action Really Mean? ​ Collective impact was a phrase I had never heard despite my involvement with Model United Nations in college and having grown up in the nonprofit world in Santa Fe. One of the first things I was provided with on …