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                                                        March 22, 2016

In this issue:

Collaborative Working Group Grant - RFP| AmeriCorps VISTA Recruiting | Santa Fe Collective Action Plan | SFPS Quality of Education Surveys | Upcoming Events!   

2016 Invitation for Proposal for CWG Grants

Collaboration Hub imageSupporting Collective Actions to Improve Birth to Career Outcomes. 

The Santa Fe Birth-to-Career Collaboration (SF B2C) invites proposals from Collaborative Working Groups (CWGs) that have come together to plan and execute collective actions to improve outcomes within the birth to career continuum for children and youth in Santa Fe. Through this Grant, SF B2C will provide targeted financial assistance, technical assistance, and coordination with other CWGs and community partners to support the collective actions. Approximately $100,000 in total funding will be allocated to support five to ten CWG grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 for each grantee. Funding can be used to support the Group’s planning, research, data collection, resource coordination, communications, community engagement, capacity building and/or other short-term collaborative priority initiatives.

For priority consideration, groups are encouraged to submit proposals by April 18th, 2016. After priority consideration, proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 30, 2016, or 
until all allocated funds have been utilized to support a cohort of five to ten CWGs in 2016.    

Recruiting VISTAs for Santa Fe Collective Impact!

Are you interested or know someone who may be interested in serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member? This important position will help implement the Collective Action Plans of the Santa Fe Birth to Career Collaboration and the Mayor’s Children, Families and Communities Cabinet. As announced in the last eNews, we are recruiting Six AmeriCorps VISTA members to work in the areas of:


  • Early Childhood

  • Mentoring, Tutoring and Internship Hub

  • Extended Learning

  • Prevention and Re-engagement of Disconnected Youth

  • Career Pathways and Workforce Development

  • Grant Writing and Best Practice Research

VISTA members will work closely with community leaders and partners to develop community outreach strategies, implement collaborative projects and engage youth and adults in the community, as well as supporting resource development for long-term sustainability and success of the collective impact efforts.

Recruiting will take place immediately and on a rolling-basis with a target start date of early April for some positions. 

Santa Fe Collective Action plan

The Santa Fe Collective Action Plan recommendations have been developed with the leadership of the Mayor's Children, Youth and Families Community Cabinet (CYFCC) and supported by the collective impact efforts of the Santa Fe Birth to Career Collaboration.  The Action Plan recommendations incorporate findings from in-depth data research as well as broad community and youth inputs from the Mayor’s Youth Summit, the Opportunity Santa Fe Community Summit, SF B2C Collaborative Working Groups, and various other forums and survey reports.

SF B2C Upcoming Partner Events!

Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Business Expo
April 7th, Thursday, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
@ DeVargas Center

The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce's 2016 Business Expo and Job Fair is the largest business Expo held in Santa Fe and one of the largest in the state.  Over 100 businesses participated last year, and over 1,000 guests are expected this year.  We expect a fabulous turnout by local and regional business and community leaders, as well as those seeking a new career or wanting to start a business.

SF B2C is sponsoring a booth for mentoring, tutoring and internship programs and volunteer opportunities at the Expo.  If you are interested in sharing information about your program or volunteer opportunity at the booth, you can bring your print materials to the Santa Fe Community Foundation office (501 Halona Street) prior to the event date or to the booth on the day of the event.  We are also looking for program providers and/or volunteers to be present at the booth between 10:00am and 4:00pm during the Expo.  Please email for more information or if you are interested in volunteering at any time during the Expo.  


Our Schools: What We Can Do!
Community Forum on Thursday, April 7th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm
@ Higher Education Center 1950 Siringo Rd (across from SFHS)

The Interfaith Coalition for Public Education and its forum sponsors, the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, invite community members to return to the HEC. All community members are invited to attend, and develop action steps for the project they are interested in (or new projects). The 10 projects listed below reflect suggestions from over 200 participants in the 3 Forums on our schools held last fall.  (Download the Summary Report from the 3 Forums from the Interfaith Coalition for Public Education webpage here)

(* indicates continuing project)
  • Volunteer Support for ECO*
  • Support Teacher Development; Link Retired Educators to SFPS Needs
  • Volunteer Hub/ Cross-City Education Volunteer Structure 
  • Truancy Task Force 
  • Think Tank on Wrap-Around Services 
  • Communications Team to Boost Community Awareness* 
  • Make a Clear Plan to Engage Faith Communities* 
  • Increase Education Funding 
  • Early Childhood

Registration is not required but would be appreciated. To register and let us know your project preference, please email Melinda Silver at with "Register" in the subject line.


April 22nd, Friday from 5:00 - 8:00 pm
@ Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavillion

Join us in the Railyard for a public festival of learning. Youth protégés from across Santa Fe will share what they have learned through their mentorships in fields like belly dancing, the science of complexity, wild horse management, and baseball. The program will begin with exhibitions and displays and then move into presentations and performances. Bring the family and see where learning happens!


Fiesta Para Bebes
May 7th, Saturday, from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join us for a very special day that celebrates babies.  The Santa Fe Community Foundation’s Baby Fund will host the second annual community fair and celebration called the Fiesta Para Bebés: Celebrating the First Five Years of Life on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at El Camino Real Academy.

We are inviting providers of services for infants and young children to be present and offer information that supports children and their families, be it social service, entertainment, education, health and welfare.


SF B2C Communications 

Have a news to share with SF B2C?  Send your content to or attend the on-going, open SF B2C Communications Team meeting on third Fridays of the month, 9am-10:30am at the Santa Fe Community Foundation (501 Halona Street).   Next meeting will take place on April 15, 2016.  

Connect with Us Online

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