How Out-of-School-Time Creates Stronger Students

By Dana Greenblatt | Out of School Engagement for In Class Success, Santa Fe Community Educators Network As the afternoon sun hangs over late season sunflowers and ripe tomatoes at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, local elementary school students are deeply engaged in harvesting the summer’s abundant crop. Under the guidance of Cooking with Kids! and Santa Fe Botanical Garden …

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 …

Beads and Seeds- An insight into the 1st week of Community Educators Network Summer Programming

Kemely Gomez, AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate | June 26, 2018      Community Educators Network Summer Program- Week 1 The City of Santa Fe and the Community Educators Network are collaborating to provide a fun and enriching Summer Program!  It’s taking place at two sites, El Camino Real Academy and Sweeney Elementary School, and has started with a full range of …

Appreciation for the AmeriCorps VISTAs

May 11, 2018 April 15 – 21 is Volunteer Appreciation week, during our April Open Communications meeting, several of our collaborative working groups took the time to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our AmeriCorps VISTAs. Listed below are just a few of the thanks and praises our VISTAs received. “SFCEN has been immeasurably changed through the support of …

Alishiya Kapoor’s End of Service Reflections

Alishiya Kapoor | August 31, 2017 This past year as an AmeriCorps VISTA who works in an indirect service capacity after coming from my three years of full-time direct service was a very new experience for me. I worked with two Collaborative Working Groups focused on extended learning: Santa Fe Community Educators Network (SFCEN) and Collaborative Working Group on Extended Learning. Both …

Summer Fun with the Santa Fe Community Educators

August 3, 2017 NetworkCollaboration at its finest. Summer of 2017 brought about a successful partnership in summer programing! The City’s Summer Youth Program, partnered with the Santa Fe Community Educators Network (SFCEN) to provide enrichment programming at Sweeney Elementary, one of the Summer Youth Program sites. Partner organizations of SFCEN each chose a week to provide 2-3 hours of programming every day at Sweeney Elementary. Each week, two organizations took a group of 25 kids ages 9-12 to do activities. These activities …

Collective Impact in Action in Santa Fe’s Summer and Afterschool Programs

By: Salome Block, AmeriCorps VISTA- Extended Learning Outreach and Resource Coordinator | August 17, 2016 What Does Collective Action Really Mean? ​ Collective impact was a phrase I had never heard despite my involvement with Model United Nations in college and having grown up in the nonprofit world in Santa Fe. One of the first things I was provided with on …