Collaborative Working Groups

COLLABORATIVE WORKING GROUPs (CWGs) promote cross-sector collaboration for better, more sustainable results. These groups of cross-sector stakeholders come together to plan and execute on improving outcomes aligned with the shared vision and goals of Opportunity Santa Fe. There are 16 Collaborative Working Groups. Some already have long histories of collaboration (e.g., the Early Childhood Steering Committee), while others have been newly formed to fill gaps in areas where limited collaboration exists despite the needs.

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The Santa Fe birth to Career Collaboration is a collective impact effort made up of committed leaders and stakeholders dedicated to achieving birth to career success for all Santa Fe children, families, and communities by aligning our strategies, actions, and resources to improve outcomes across the birth to career continuum in Santa Fe County.  

The shared vision for SF B2C is Birth to Career Success for all Santa Fe children, families and communities by achieving:  

  • Successful Transitions across the birth to career continuum for all children / students by ensuring readiness, support and completion across stages
  • Wellbeing for vulnerable children and families by providing coordinated, two-generational wraparound support to help them thrive and succeed in school
  • Equity in opportunities for children and families by addressing critical resource gaps in high poverty, high risk schools and communities.


The Early Childhood Steering Committee (ECSC)
Outcome Area: Early Childhood Success
The Early Childhood Steering Committee (ECSC) is a collection of organizations focused on providing services to children from birth through age 5. The ECSC plans to increase collaboration and services for prenatal care, home visiting, and expanding access to PreK through community outreach and increased service support. The ECSC is committed to renovating and implementing services at the Early Childhood Center at Kaune. The Infant Care Subgroup is conducting a landscape analysis to assess availability of infant care in Santa Fe County. Community conversations will then contribute to data collected to formulate working strategies to increase the availability and quality of care for infants.

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The Collaborative Teacher’s Institute
Outcome Area: Early Childhood Success
​The Collaborative Teachers Institute (CTI) is a group of early childhood teachers in Santa Fe interested in pursuing advanced, collaborative professional development. The CTI helps teachers achieve their potential so that the youngest children in Santa Fe can achieve theirs. The group helps deepen the preparedness of early childhood teachers in order to enrich the learning opportunities of young children and thereby prepare them for kindergarten. The CTI works to increase the quality of early childhood care, education, and PreK and support a successful transition to kindergarten. Additionally, the group engages in coordinated public awareness efforts about early childhood learning.

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¡Santa Fe Convive!
Outcome Area: Early Childhood Success 

¡Santa Fe Convive! reaches out to expectant and new parents with information about perinatal, prenatal, and early childhood health, education, and services. Our target audience is families at risk: teen parents, families living in poverty, families for whom English is not their first language, and families with other challenges. We do not turn anyone away.

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The Reading Group
Outcome Area: K-12 Success and Youth Resiliency

The Reading Group focuses on K-12 success by improving third-grade reading proficiency. The group’s goal is to align the efforts of public and private educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and funders in support of a community-wide collective impact plan that ensures support for all young struggling readers, and helps create a culture of reading in Santa Fe. Our aspirational goal is to see proficiency levels continue to increase by supporting students, teachers, and parents in creating and fostering a culture of reading in Santa Fe.

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The MathAmigos Collaborative Working Group
Outcome Area: K-12 Success and Youth Resiliency  

The MathAmigos CWG unites 6 community partners to engage parents and families in math success for 650 Grade 3-4 children in 5 high challenge Airport Corridor elementary schools in 2018-2019: Cesar Chavez, El Camino Real, Nina Otero, Ramirez Thomas, and Sweeney. Our mission is to empower parents, our children’s first, most important, and lifelong teachers, to support math achievement at home and in school. MathAmigos is focusing on Grades 3 and 4 teachers and children given the wide recognition by SFPS leadership, teachers, and tutors that SFPS 8th grade students have marked deficiencies in the math foundational skills so essential to middle school, high school, and college and career success.

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The Community Educators Network (CEN)
Outcome Area: K-12 Success and Youth Resiliency

Members of the Santa Fe Community Educators Network (CEN) are a group of informal educators committed to: the power of collaboration to successfully impact our community by creating and sharing resources; promoting and providing informal experiential education to address community needs; professional development as a vehicle to strengthen our community; and providing open access to our institutional experiences and content. The CEN collaborates to provide innovative afterschool, in school, and summer programming to benefit youth in Santa Fe.

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STEM Scaffold Santa Fe (S)
Outcome Area: K-12 Success, Youth Resiliency

STEM Scaffold Santa Fe is a commitment among educational and youth development groups to work together to recruit, train and place caring local STEM college students and STEM professionals in sustained high school mentorship programs in accordance with our mission; to see that every Santa Fe
high school student has the preparation necessary to succeed in a STEM college/certificate program. We follow established best practices; that STEM role models can best reinforce the family/school scaffold through listening, trust building and working together on meaningful projects.

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Truancy Collaborative Working Group
Outcome Area: K-12 Success and Youth Resiliency  ​​

The Truancy Collaborative Working Group was created in an effort to increase attendance and improve graduation rates in Santa Fe Public Schools. Through this group, annual attendance measures are created and carried out, students and parents are recognized for positive and improved attendance, staff is offered professional development to assist in identifying and supporting the students and behaviors, and students/families are evaluated based on their need and assisted with resources from collaborating community providers. With these efforts in place, the hope is that there is an increase of parental engagement and community support that leads to the aspirational goal of a 95 percent attendance rate and an 80 percent graduation rate by the year 2020.

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Reconnecting Santa Fe Youth (formerly Bridging the Disconnected Youth)
Outcome Area: Youth Resiliency and Career Pathways

The Reconnecting Santa Fe Youth CWG is focused on the prevention and re-engagement of Disconnected Youth. The CWG mission is to reduce the number and percent of youth between the ages of 16-24 disconnected from school and jobs. Building on the data collected during the 2017 Reconnecting Youth Survey, the CWG will host youth focus groups to discuss the data and prioritize the community needs. Civic Engagement and Advocacy training will be facilitated to youth who are recruited and selected from a wide variety of youth agencies to engage as a Reconnecting Youth Civic Engagement Team. This Reconnecting Youth Civic Engagement Team will gain the leadership skills and voice through these training workshops to empower them to speak out to policy makers, officials, panels and community agencies to promote awareness and the need for solutions and change in areas of high need as revealed through the Reconnecting Youth Survey Results.

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Campus Connection
Outcome Area: Post-Secondary Success 

The Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe community Foundation, City of Santa Fe and the Interfaith Coalition for Public Education are partnered together in the Campus Connection Collaborative Working Group. The goal of this project is to increase the percent of SFPS high school graduates who enroll in college by exposing to and engaging high school students with the Santa Fe Community College.

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Skill Up Santa Fe (formerly SANTA FE ADVANCE: Workforce and Career Pathways)
Outcome Area: Post-Secondary Success and Career Pathways 

SKILL UP Santa Fe brings together workforce-oriented nonprofits, businesses and the city to bring about change for the emerging workforce. SKILL UP Santa Fe seeks to increase the percentage of citizens that receive a credential or certificate aligned to industry demand. SKILL UP Santa Fe will also focus on articulating alignment of certificate and training to high demand fields. A major goal is to connect employers with learning and training opportunities to offer their employees, candidates will have access to free training resources aligned to jobs in Santa Fe, and education opportunities will be shared with employers and jobseekers to assure lifelong learning and economic improvement across Santa Fe.

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Outcome Area: Career Pathways and Workforce Development

TechHire is working with local education providers to expand and improve Tech and Emergent Media education, training, and certification opportunities, to promote and expand Tech and Emergent Media camp and after-school programs, and is working with local Tech and Emergent Media employers to identify needed skills and ensure educational programs link with growing business needs. We are also developing a local database of Tech and Emergent Media businesses, developing an online video bank of more than 50 New Mexico Tech and Emergent Media Career Profile interviews with local professionals (preferably by youth for youth), and expanding local Tech and Emergent Media outreach, awareness, and engagement. 

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Santa Fe Mentoring and Tutoring
Outcome Area: K-12 Success, Youth Resiliency, and Wrap-Around Support

CONNECT seeks to bring together agencies involved in youth tutoring and mentoring programs in Santa Fe to share resources, streamline efforts, create community awareness, and support the creation of a website with resources for volunteers interested in or involved in mentoring and tutoring.  Connect goals are to increase efficiency of mentoring, tutoring and eventually intern efforts, enhance the quality of programs and relationships and expand access to programs.  Priority actions include enhancing mentor/tutor orientation and training; advancing community engagement by expanding the current hub for mentoring, tutoring and internship opportunities; increasing the mentor/tutor pool through city-wide marketing; and enriching engagement for current and prospective mentor/tutor via shared education, enrichment and outreach opportunities.

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The Collaboration for Student and Parent Leadership: Poder Familiar
Outcome Area: Community Engagement

The Collaboration for Student & Parent Leadership Working Group is composed of organizations with a strong background in engaging the community. Its’ mission is to equip students and parents with the tools, information, and opportunities they need to lead education reform efforts from the ground up in order to improve student success, cultivate community leadership, and advance educational equity. The focus of this collaborative is to build the capacity and support the leadership of parents and students from low-income and minority backgrounds. Poder Familiar will do this by engaging and working with parents and students to identify strategies to help their families succeed in school with academic proficiency and connect to in and out of school engagement opportunities in safe environments. 

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Creating a Trauma Informed Community
Outcome Area: Community Engagement and Wrap-Around Support

The Creating a Trauma Informed Community CWG will be established and will immediately commence to address issues of trauma and child well-being and determine how the City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Public Schools and the non-profit community can collaborate to make ours a trauma informed community. 

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