OSF Team/ January 13, 2017/ K-12 Education, Post Secondary/ 0 comments

By: Molly Timmins | January 13, 2017

Year Starts off with a surge in mentoring with a supercharged VISTA behind the wheel.January sees the launch of the Santa Fe Mentoring and Tutoring Collaborative (SFMTC), formerly the CONNECT Collaborative Working Group of the Birth to Career Collaboration, a collective impact initiative supported by the Santa Fe Community Foundation. Its mission is to champion a city wide collaborative movement in Santa Fe that will expand access to and improve the number of quality mentoring and tutoring relationships for young people.SFMTC received its AmeriCorps VISTA, Molly Timmins, at the end of August. Since then, Molly has been working with Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region, Communities in Schools of New Mexico, Santa Fe Public Schools (SFPS), Interfaith Coalition for Public Education, and Inspire Santa Fe to work on the SFMTC’s goals. In November, the group organized a community convening to discuss the topics of Recruitment, Training, Best Practices, and National Mentoring Month with over 20 Santa Fe organizations that offer mentoring and/or tutoring services. Input gathered in discussion groups was then used to drive the Collaborative’s work. During her time with the SFMTC Molly has created a website to direct prospective volunteers towards one of the many partner organizations on the portal. An interactive directory will be added next, populated with information collected from Santa Fe service providers. Additionally, there are over 200 resources on the website for mentors, tutors, youth and families, and programs. These resources range from mentoring best practices to math resources and career exploration for youth. The website officially launches this month along with the National Mentoring Month campaign. Two Santa Fe Trails buses can be seen driving around with National Mentoring Month advertisements celebrating existing local mentorships and directing people to the website. The ad also appeared in the Santa Fe New Mexican on January 8th.
Moving forward, the SFMTC will be identifying training for mentors and tutors that is currently offered by the various programs in Santa Fe, as well as, identifying any gaps in programming. The goal is to then create training to fill the gaps that can be shared between organizations. Recruitment and outreach will be planned jointly and future materials will direct interested parties to the collaborative website to streamline efforts. Lastly, an end-of-the-school-year celebration will be planned for volunteers within SFPS and volunteer mentors and tutors from programs throughout Santa Fe.

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