Why Soft Skills Are the Key to Growing Santa Fe’s Economy

Guest Blog: Jamai Blivin | CEO of Innovate+Educate | February 20, 2019 A recent survey of over 130 Santa Fe employers revealed the strongest need in the workplace is for “soft” skills. Sometimes called “professional skills” or “21st century skills,” soft skills include communication, critical thinking, customer service, adaptability, and leadership—competencies needed in 90 percent of jobs across the globe. Yet …

How Mentorship Can Change Our Economic Future

Guest Blog: Todd Lopez | Director, Inspire Santa Fe | January 24, 2019 Most young people have never had a mentor and, as a society, too often we leave the opportunity for mentoring relationships to chance. City of Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber has embarked on a bold goal. Within four years, the City has pledged to provide an adult mentor …

They Came, They Saw, They Volunteered

Molly Timmins, Opportunity Santa Fe Program Coordinator | September 17, 2018 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 …

TechHire Summer Associates meet the Mayor and Han Solo

Guest Blog: Jenifer Nevarez, NM TechWorks and JC Ramirez, AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate | June 27, 2018 The TechHire Santa Fe Collaborative Working Group and their coordinator Jennifer Nevarez are honored to work with three outstanding VISTA Summer Associates this year. JC Ramirez, Elizabeth Guthrie, and Alexis Rodriguez have been learning about Tech entrepreneurism at the Santa Fe Business Incubator and computer coding …

Joint Effort Between SFCC and SFPS Brings 49 High School Seniors Closer to College

Guest Blog: Todd Eric Lovato, Executive Director, Santa Fe Community College | May 25, 2018 Too many high school students and their families in our region still don’t think college is within their reach. Research shows that the barriers for these students can be significant. Financial uncertainty, family obligations and immigration status are common barriers cited among those who do not enter …

The Tech Corridor Addition

By Molly Timmins and Louise Majorey | April 16, 2018 The Opportunity Santa Fe’s AmeriCorps VISTAs assisted the TechHire collaborative working group in organizing a portion of and get the word out about the 2018 Business Expo and Job Fair sponsored by the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, on April 5 from 10-4pm at the Santa Fe Convention Center. Louise Majorey, …

Abriendo Puertas Graduation

Abriendo Puertas Graduation

February 21, 2018 After 10 weeks of classes, a cohort of 8 dedicated Abriendo Puertas students celebrated graduation. The curriculum focused on educating and empowering parents as leaders. Each parent in the course committed to learning about healthy physical and emotional development, positive communication, academic preparation, language learning, and advocating for children’s rights. Over the course of the ten classes, …