Fiesta Para Bebés: Celebrating the First 5 Years of Life

Emily McRae, AmeriCorps VISTA We’re excited to announce that the 4th annual Fiesta Para Bebés kicked off last Saturday, May 12, at El Camino Real Academy, and it was a blast! New and expecting parents and families alike joined together for a fun Saturday morning with their kids, to learn about all the amazing community resources Santa Fe has to …

Swap till you Drop

Dana Greenblatt and Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorps VISTAs While books and access to reading opportunities are an essential element of child development, many families do not have consistent access to books for their children and teens. The Community Book Swap aimed to address this critical need for books in the homes of so many families in Santa Fe. Late Sunday morning, …

¡Santa Fe Convive! Connecting Parents to Resources

Sarah Cheney, AmeriCorps VISTA Everyone needs resources, but the biggest problem is finding them; ¡Santa Fe Convive! strives to be that connector. Convive focuses on addressing the growing gap of early childhood disparity in Santa Fe County through our bi-monthly “teach and talk” workshops. When they filled out the B2C grant in July, Convive was originally comprised of Many Mothers, …

Syncing Up Volunteers and Volunteer Training

Molly Timmins, AmeriCorps VISTA I have had the unique opportunity to work with some wonderful and inspirational people from over 20 organizations in Santa Fe over the last 10 months. However, I do not get to spend a lot of time with the volunteers or the youth they serve. My primary role is supporting the programs and staff that support …

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

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 parents who work full-time, enrolling their …