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 …

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 …

Swap till you Drop

Dana Greenblatt and Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorps VISTAs | April 11, 2018 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. …

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? …

The Interfaith Coalition for Public Education Needs You!

Guest Blog: Lynn Heffron and Lynn Bickley | October 13, 2017 Learn more about a great tutoring program here in Santa Fe! ​The Interfaith Coalition for Public Education, a network of concerned community members dedicated to improving outcomes in Santa Fe Public Schools, welcomes volunteers interested in elementary, middle, or high school classroom tutoring. Formed in 2012, the Interfaith Coalition recruited over 50 …

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 …