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 …

TechHire Summer Associates meet the Mayor and Han Solo

By: Jenifer Nevarez, NM TechWorks and JC Ramirez, AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate 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 by working with Eric …

The Tech Corridor Addition

By Molly Timmins and Louise Majorey 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, AmeriCorps VISTA supporting …

Abriendo Puertas Graduation

Abriendo Puertas Graduation

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, the weekly sessions …

Hour of Code 2017

The Opportunity Santa Fe AmeriCorps VISTA team participated in the 2017 Hour of Code. They learned the basics of programming as part of a national movement to increase computer programming nationwide for students in a nation where computing jobs are the #1 source of income and there are over half a million open positions. Our region became part of the …

Adelante Juntos Project

Every Wednesday night SFPS Adelante hosts the Juntos Project, serving a hot meal to homeless families and providing parent education classes on topics such as family communication and family literacy. The Santa Fe Community Educators Network (SF CEN) partners with Adelante to host fun enrichment program for the kids. AmeriCorps VISTA Adria, who supports SF CEN, attended the Juntos Project this November. SF …

​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 …