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June 13, 2016
City Launches Work with AmeriCorps VISTA Project in Six Key Areas of Education

At Monday Meeting, Mayor Launches City’s Work in 6 Key Education Areas

VISTA Program staff funded by grant will head city efforts


At a Monday morning meeting in the Mayor’s Office at City Hall, the City of Santa Fe, in partnership with the Mayor's Children, Youth and Families Community Cabinet and project management and implementation support from the Santa Fe Birth to Career Collaboration, will launch a sustained effort to improve metrics in 6 key areas of education in the community.

The effort stems from Mayor Gonzales’ work to bring together a Community Cabinet of stakeholders in education, from private foundations to public schools to agree on a set of community-wide priorities and a strategy to achieve them, a process which identified a set of action plans to address four priorities: Early Childhood Education, Re-Engagement of Youth, Workforce Development, and Career Pathways.

Supporting this effort was the Governing Body’s decision to commit the city to the policy priorities of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. My Brother’s Keeper identified a range of focal points for education and community services policy makers that would improve birth-to-career outcomes for young people, including access to the workforce, training and post-secondary education, youth violence prevention, early childhood education, reading level support, and graduation. 

Now, after competing for and winning an AmeriCorps Grant, the city is celebrating the addition of 6 dedicated staff members from the Santa Fe VISTA Project to help carry out this work on a practical level.

Santa Fe VISTA project staffers will work to improve the outcomes of birth to career success, wellbeing, and equity for all children, youth, and young adults up to age 24 in Santa Fe, with particular focus on low-income and at-risk target populations.  The Santa Fe VISTA members will work closely with community leaders and partners to develop and implement collaborative community outreach strategies, improve resource coordination, and engage youth and adults in the community, as well as seek grants and research best practices to ensure long-term sustainability and success of the collective impact efforts.

The six areas of concentration for the Vista members are as follows:

  • Early Childhood
  • Mentoring, Tutoring and Internship
  • K-12 Learning
  • Prevention and Re-engagement for Disconnected Youth
  • Career Pathways and Workforce Development
  • Grant Writing and Best Practice Research

Click here: ATTACHED: Background on the My Brother’s Keeper Challenge




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