IN THE NEWS
Press Release: Opportunity Santa Fe Continues to Improve Children’s Lives Across Birth to Career
September 25, 2018
Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jamie Aranda
Phone: 505.988.9715 ext 7004
September 25, 2018
SANTA FE, NM 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.
Collaborative Working Group grantees include:
Early Childhood Steering Committee
Collaborative Teachers Institute
¡Santa Fe Convive!
The Reading Group
The MathAmigos CWG
Santa Fe Community Educators Network
STAM Scaffold Santa Fe (S³)
Reconnecting Santa Fe Youth
Skill Up Santa Fe
Mentoring and Tutoring CWG
Creating a Trauma Informed Community
The Collaboration for Student and Parent Leadership: Poder Familiar
Collaborative Working Groups are composed of leaders, educators, and community members from numerous nonprofits, Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe Community College, the City of Santa Fe, and the Santa Fe Community Foundation with aims to increase kindergarten readiness, math and reading proficiency, high school graduation, college enrollment, and other major measures of success.
“We’ve been able to see the project scale up and become incredible resources for our community… it’s been exciting to see how its grown over the last few years,” said Julie Sanchez, Program Manager at the City of Santa Fe Youth and Family Services Division, about Opportunity Santa Fe at the Kickoff Event.
Several of these groups have been together for years, while others are beginning to enter their second year or have just formed. Many CWGs create and participate in a range of activates to ensure children and youth have adequate support and increased opportunities and outcomes. These may be events like Math Power Family Night or Community Book Swaps, programming in-school, after school, or during the summer, or the creation and implementation of surveys and focus groups to solicit youth input.
“As a foundation, we work to convene, connect, and facilitate with organizations in Santa Fe and throughout northern New Mexico in order to reach our community’s full capacity-building potential. It is vital to create partnerships like Opportunity Santa Fe because that is truly how we will make a difference in each child’s life and ensure their success from birth to a career,” said William Smith, President and CEO of the Santa Fe Community Foundation.
Opportunity Santa Fe aspires to improve the lives and key transitions of children and youth across Santa Fe, from birth until they enter their careers. The joint collective impact effort is supported by the Santa Fe Community Foundation and the City of Santa Fe.
For more information about Opportunity Santa Fe please visit https://opportunitysantafe.org/ or email