They Came, They Saw, They Volunteered

Molly Timmins, Opportunity Santa Fe Program Coordinator Growing up I always volunteered– through Key Club, Circle K International, Kiwanis and with numerous nonprofits across New York, Maryland, and New Mexico. By being a part of a service club, it made finding volunteer opportunities that matched my interests and skills, easy and accessible. However, for others, finding the right fit outside …

Reconnecting Youth Survey Data Reveal!

By: Emily McRae, AmeriCorps VISTA The Reconnecting Youth Survey (RYS) was conducted in late summer and early fall in 2017 to identify risk and resiliency factors, and barriers to services among youth who are not included in school-based surveys. Surveys were administered to 457 youth between the ages of 14 and 26 years old throughout Santa Fe County. Of the …

​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 …