Opportunity Santa Fe and the collaborative efforts and projects we support are making the news- both locally and nationally!

Festival of Learning Celebrates Mentorship Programs

The Santa Fe Reporter  May 4, 2019

Having positive adult role models beyond parents and teachers in a young person’s life is a clear indicator of future success, according the National Mentorship Partnership. This is especially true for young adults from low-income backgrounds and those who are at risk of falling off track. Luckily, Santa Fe has many resources for providing youth with tutoring and mentoring relationships…


Press Release: Mayor Alan Webber Declares January 2019 National Mentoring Month in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Released by Opportunity Santa Fe  January 18, 2019

Mayor Alan Webber has declared January 2019 to be National Mentoring Month in Santa Fe, New Mexico in conjunction with MENTOR, a nationwide effort. The Mayor’s proclamation recognizes the fact that every day, quality mentoring and tutoring programs in the city of Santa Fe connect hundreds of volunteers…


Press Release: Inspiring Math for students and supporting our teachers

Released by Opportunity Santa Fe  January 2, 2019

MathAmigos is expanding its efforts to support teachers in the Santa Fe Public Schools. The MathAmigos Collaborative Working Group, supported by Opportunity Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Public Schools, received a grant from the City of Santa Fe’s Children and Youth Commission to host math teacher workshops, individualized coaching sessions, data analysis, family engagement and trainings for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years, building on two pilot workshops they held in spring 2018 with initial funding from the Santa Fe Community Foundation…


My View: Room to read for SFPS students

Santa Fe New Mexican December 15, 2018

The issue of literacy in Santa Fe is one of critical importance, and there is reason to be optimistic. The reading proficiency rate is up 0.7 percent from 2017, and there are a myriad of efforts to thank for this improvement. While Santa Fe residents….


Press Release: Opportunity Santa Fe Continues to Improve Children’s Lives Across Birth to Career

Released by Opportunity Santa Fe September 25, 2018

Opportunity Santa Fe kicked off the 2018-2019 school year by awarding grants to 15 Collaborative Working Groups (CWGs) with one unifying mission: to improve the lives and key transitions of Santa Fe children from birth until they enter their careers….


Fair designed to match volunteers with vacancies

Santa Fe New Mexican August 16, 2018

Searching for a place to volunteer — much like hunting for a job — is about finding the perfect fit. The second annual Opportunity Santa Fe Volunteer Fair…


The Richard Eeds Show: Molly Timmins, Sarah Cheney & Katherine Courtney on Opportunity Santa Fe & AmeriCorps Vista KTRC August 16, 2018

Molly Timmins, Sarah Cheney, and Katherine Courtney talk with Richard Eeds about the Opportunity Santa Fe Volunteer Fair…


Opportunity Santa Fe Takes On Literacy in Santa Fe

KSFR August 3, 2018

KSFR’s Tom Trowbridge speaks with two of the group’s leaders, Molly Timmins and Dana Greenblatt, who are with AmeriCorps-VISTA, or Volunteers In Service To America…


My View: Local innovation — powered by tech

Santa Fe New Mexican June 2, 2018

Tech is one of the fastest growing industries in the country. In Santa Fe, 231 IT jobs are waiting to be filled…


Letter to the Editor: Building strong families

Santa Fe New Mexican May 18, 2018

It takes a village to organize a Fiesta Para Bebés. On May 12, that village was in full force. The Santa Fe Baby Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation…


My View: A great culture of reading in Santa Fe

Santa Fe New Mexican April 21, 2018

Books — an essential part of any home, especially homes with kids. Having age-appropriate books available for kids at home has been shown to triple their interest in reading and is a predictor of higher reading scores in school.


Tech companies make presence in Santa Fe known at jobs fair

Santa Fe New Mexican April 5, 2018

Locally based technology companies for the first time occupied their own corner, under their own banner, at Thursday’s Santa Fe Business Expo and Job Fair at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.


Strength In Numbers

Museum Magazine March/April 2018

The Santa Fe Community Educators Network allows small museums and other nonprofits to have an outsized educational impact across the city and region. On a warm morning in August 2017, more than 150 teachers returned to their northern New Mexico classrooms with the training
and resources they needed to implement eight weeks of after-school programming in topics as varied as computer coding, healthy cooking, the history of trade in New Mexico, and using observation to explore the worlds of art and science…


STEAM-powered learning helped from grant for local schools

Santa Fe New Mexican March 17, 2018

In 2016, Santa Fe Public Schools was awarded a statewide, federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. The four-year grant serves 14 public elementary and middle schools, providing nearly 900 students in Santa Fe with two-hour extended-day programs four days a week that provide academic, nutritional, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities to students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools…


Viva ¡Convive!

Tumbleweeds Spring 2018

Many of us have been expectant or new parents with limited knowledge of childcare, affordable housing, health care and other information and resources necessary to raise healthy, happy children. That’s what Many Mothers, Las Cumbres Community Services, and Fathers New Mexico were considering when they proposed creating ¡Santa Fe Convive!, a new collaborative working group in the Santa Fe Birth to Career Initiative…


The Richard Eeds Show: Sarah Cheney, Molly Timmins & Katherine Courtney on Mentoring & Tutoring KTRC January 26, 2018

Molly Timmins, Sarah Cheney, and Katherine Courtney talk with Richard Eeds about the Santa Fe Mentoring and tutoring Collaborative and National Mentoring Month 2018


Mayor’s Proclamation of Mentoring Month

City of Santa Fe January 2018

Our community is much more than a statistic. Our community is one of great beauty and great potential. However optimistic we feel about Santa Fe’s future, we must also be realistic about the challenges we face — particularly those facing our youngest residents, the future of our community…


Doing More for Our Kids

Santa Fe New Mexican December 16, 2017


The Richard Eeds Show: With Katherine Ortega Courtney, Santa Fe Community Foundation & Jeff Gephardt, SFPS. KTRC December 6, 2018

In conjunction with the recent launch, Katherine Courtney and Jeff Gephardt talk about the Opportunity Santa Fe: Birth to Career collective impact initiative.


Long Hot Summer

Santa Fe Reporter June 13, 2017

Nearly a fifth of Santa Fe’s population is under 18 years old, according to the US Census Bureau, meaning there are around 15,000 kids out of school for the summer every year looking for activities to occupy their days…


Our View: Mentoring works all year long

Santa Fe New Mexican January 29, 2017

Across the country, children are able to do better in school, have wider experiences and enjoy more possibilities because a caring adult spends time with them. Sometimes, though, it can be difficult to keep the programs straight…


Under mayor’s initiative, workers aim to improve lives

Santa Fe New Mexican June 3, 2016

An initiative launched by Mayor Javier Gonzales nearly two years ago to improve the lives of children and young people in Santa Fe soon will have boots on the ground…