¡Poz’Orale!

by Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorps VISTA 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 Santa Feans gathered …

A Room to Read

by Dana Greenblatt, AmeriCorps VISTA 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 arrangement that awaited …

They Came, They Saw, They Volunteered

Molly Timmins, Opportunity Santa Fe Program Coordinator 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 right fit outside …

Every Day Matters – Attendance Counts!

by Ellie Hoffman, AmeriCorps VISTA 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 of academic success …

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

Ellie Hoffman, AmeriCorps VISTA 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 High School, El …

Joint Effort Between SFCC and SFPS Brings 49 High School Seniors Closer to College

By: Todd Eric Lovato, Executive Director, Santa Fe Community College Too many high school students and their families in our region still don’t think college is within their reach. Research shows that the barriers for these students can be significant. Financial uncertainty, family obligations and immigration status are common barriers cited among those who do not enter higher education after high …

The Festival of Learning

Sarah Raine Cheney, AmeriCorps VISTA 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 either Marriam-Webster or …

Appreciation for the AmeriCorps VISTAs

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 AmeriCorps VISTA members. …

Introducing the fun of math at Math Power Family Night

By Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorps VISTA and Molly Timmins, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you combined the resources of community partnerships with captivating math activities, you would have found your answer at Sweeney Elementary on May 3 at Math Power Family Night, an event sponsored by MathAmigos*. A communal celebration of the STEM field was …

Swap till you Drop

Dana Greenblatt and Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorps VISTAs 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. Late Sunday morning, …