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 …

After-school In the Gardens

by Dana Greenblatt, AmeriCoprs VISTA | November 11, 2018 What’s more exciting for students than taking a break from the classroom? Getting out of their desks and putting their hands straight into the dirt! This became a reality for students who attend Sweeney Elementary’ s after-school program on a sunny September afternoon. When I arrived at the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens, …

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 …

Adelante Juntos Project

Adria Winfield | December 12, 2017 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 …

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 …

Bright Spot: Extended Learning Programs a Growing Focus in Santa Fe

By: Alishiya Kapoor | June 22, 2017 The importance of high-quality after-school and summer programming is well understood. This is particularly important during the summer months, as many students experience the “Summer Slide” – see video below. Fortunately, high-quality after-school and summer programming – also referred to as extended learning programs – have been a growing focus here in Santa Fe.  For …

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 …