¡Poz’Orale!

by Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorps VISTA | October 17, 2018 Santa Fe is rich in art, culture, and diversity. What better way to admire these wonderful attributes than to roll them into a communal gathering in honor of its inhabitants and the changing of seasons? After months of planning, EarthCare proudly presented the first annual Poz’Orale Cookoff on September 30. Roughly 250 …

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 …

The Festival of Learning

Sarah Raine Cheney, AmeriCorps VISTA | May 15, 2018 According to Wikipedia a festival “is an event ordinarily celebrated by a community and centering on some characteristic aspect of that community and its religion or cultures.” What I particularly like about this definition is that it’s defined as an event celebrated by a community. If you search the word festival on …

Our Boys Need Mentors

Molly Timmins, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader | January 8, 2018 The majority of kids on waiting lists for a mentor are boys. This is true nationally and right here in Santa Fe. Think about your own life — did you have a mentor in your life growing up? What sort of men helped guide you? A father, coach, uncle, a caring teacher? …

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 …

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 …