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 …

It Takes More Than a Village, It Takes a Community

by Sarah Raine Cheney | AmeriCorps VISTA, Team Leader | December 13, 2018 We are familiar with the phrase “It takes a village to raise a child.” While it may be cliche, it holds a lot of truth. One of Santa Fe’s strengths as a community is our “village ability”. At Opportunity Santa Fe we see people and organizations coming together …

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, …

MathAmigos Inspiring Teachers

by Penny Holcomb, AmeriCorps VISTA | October 31, 2018 On Saturday, October 20, MathAmigos hosted a day-long workshop for 27 teachers from the five Airport Road corridor schools: Sweeney Elementary, El Camino Real Academy, Cesar Chavez Elementary, Ramirez Thomas Elementary, and Nina Otero Community School. The collaborative working group’s goal was to empower teachers to inspire their students to love math. …

¡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 …

A Room to Read

by Dana Greenblatt, AmeriCorps VISTA | October 4, 2018 Amidst the flurry of fall leaves and the bustle of tourists enjoying our downtown plaza, 64 third graders from Sweeney Elementary eagerly filed off their buses and into the beautiful halls of the Inn of the Anasazi. The children whispered in excitement as they walked through the halls and into the cozy …

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 …

Every Day Matters – Attendance Counts!

by Ellie Hoffman, AmeriCorps VISTA | August 31, 2018 Hello September! For me, September brings to mind cool mornings and the start of pumpkin season. It also means that school is back in full swing. The routines that we begin early in the school year can determine what kind of year we’ll have. School attendance is an indicator of many measures …

Parents helping their schools make decisions! (English y Espanol)

Ellie Hoffman, AmeriCorps VISTA | June 13, 2018 During the month of May, nearly 50 parents and grandparents from four Santa Fe Public Schools attended forums to share about their experiences with SFPS. Crystal Ybarra, SFPS District Social Worker, organized the forums and plans to use the feedback to create priorities for the 2018-2019 school year. Forums took place at Capital …