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 …

¡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 …

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 …

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

Guest Blog: Todd Eric Lovato, Executive Director, Santa Fe Community College | May 25, 2018 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 …

Introducing the fun of math at Math Power Family Night

By Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorps VISTA and Molly Timmins, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader | May 9, 2018 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 …

MathAmigos’ First Math Teacher Workshop

Jennifer Barreto, AmeriCorpsVISTA |  February 7, 2018 The MathAmigos Workshop was a hit amongst earnest teachers, who brought along their curiosities and an air of enthusiasm for the opportunity to explore innovative curriculum. After an introduction to the team, and an overview of the day, teachers swiftly transitioned to their first session. James Taylor started his seminar with hands-on participation, …

Our Students Strengths and Struggles

Sarah Raine Cheney, AmeriCorps VISTA | October 18, 2017 Starting on September 21st the Santa Fe Mentoring and Tutoring Collaborative (SFMT) began hosting weekly, Thursday night workshops with Kathryn Ugoretz; Our Students Strengths and Struggles.   Before becoming a VISTA I worked closely with several children in the Santa Fe area and someday I hope to be able to do so …

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 …