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                                                     June 23, 2016

In this issue:

Welcoming our AmeriCorps VISTA Team Members | Meet the new Director of Collective Impact Initiatives | "Relationships that Transform" FILM Project | Open Communications Meeting

Welcoming our AmeriCorps VISTA Team Members

Three Vista members have joined the team to support the Santa Fe Collective Action Plans working with the Mayor's Children, Youth and Families Community Cabinet, Santa Fe Birth to Career Collaboration, Collaborative Working Groups and many community partners.  They will be focusing on community outreach and resource coordination in the areas of:  career pathways and workforce development, K-12 extended learning and disconnected youth.  Three more positions focused on Early Childhood, Mentoring Tutoring and Internship Hub, and Grant Writing and Best Practice Research are still open. 

Shown Left to Right: Tom Dubois, Salome Block, Mayor Javier Gonzales, Vanessa Martinez

Vanessa Martinez will be working on Career Pathways and Workforce Development.  Vanessa, a native of Albuquerque, NM is excited to be serving a similar community as the one she grew up in. She has a BS in Agriculture and Community Development and a MS in Nutrition and Dietetic Science from New Mexico State University. She worked for the USDA for 4 years as a trail crew member with the USFS and a soil conservationist with NRCS. She also worked with the Natural Resource Career Tracks Program (NRCT), which provides professional and academic avenues for youth to succeed in natural resource related fields. She enjoys adventuring in the NM wilderness, identifying plants and scouting wildlife, along with gardening and country western dancing with her fiancé. She and her fiancé own two parakeets and hope to have a farm one day with many more animals.

Tom DuBois  will be focused on Prevention and Re-engagement of Disconnected Youth.  Tom came to us after nine years of teaching High School, Special Education, and Culinary Arts.  Yes, he can cook!  His degrees include an A.A.S. in Culinary Arts, a B.S. in Career & Technical Education, and a M.Ed. in Special Education. In his free time, he likes gardening and maintaining his motorcycle for big trips.  Originally from Rhode Island, last year he taught in Alaska and then crossed the Arctic Circle while wearing an orange tutu.  In his VISTA role this year, he hopes to make a significant difference for Santa Fe youth and the community.

Salome Felise Block will be working on K-12 Extended Learing. Salome is a native of Santa Fe who holds her Bachelor of Arts in English from McMurry University. While attending McM, the position paper she wrote for the National Model United Nations Conference, laying out an international framework for addressing the legal status and protection of the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Intersex (LGBTI) individuals, won a conference award in Rome, Italy. Throughout her education, she served as: The Editor of the McM University War Hawk Herald, the Artistic Editor of the literary magazine The Galleon and the President of McM’s chapter of the National Honors English Society Sigma Tau Delta. Her subsequent work focused on children, working a year in Seattle as a supervisor with LEGO Brad Retail. She is excited to be working with the children of her hometown, improving their extended learning opportunities through summer, after-school and informal education programs for their birth to career success.

Read the City’s announcement and Santa Fe New Mexican article here.


Meet the new Director of Collective Impact Initiatives:

We are excited to welcome and introduce a talented new staff joining the SF B2C team, Kathrine Courtney, Director of Collective Impact Initiatives, who will help continue SF B2C's momentum and make new strides in supporting the collaboration with stronger backbone capacity.   

Katherine has a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Texas Christian University (TCU) where she studied at the Institute of Behavioral Research.  Katherine worked in Institutional Research at TCU and the Alamo Community Colleges. Returning home to her native New Mexico, Katherine spent 8 years working at the Children Youth and Families Department, first as the Juvenile Justice Epidemiologist, then as the Bureau Chief for Protective Services Research Assessment and Data Bureau. An advocate for data-informed decision-making, she helped to lead the effort to develop Continuous Quality Improvement throughout the department.Katherine grew up in New Mexico and loves to spend time enjoying the blue sky and sunshine with her daughter and husband. In her spare time, she is an aspiring author, foodie, and traveler.

"Relationships that Transform" FILM Project:

Santa Fe Community Foundation (SFCF), Santa Fe Birth to Career Collaboration (SF B2C), and the team of youth media makers and mentors at Littleglobe are working together summer and fall 2016 to create a collection of films demonstrating the power of mentoring and relationships that positively transform the lives of children, youth and families in Santa Fe from birth to career.

Capturing one-on-one relationships within a program context, the series of short videos (1½ ~3 minutes each) will help demonstrate how a caring adult or peer mentoring relationship can help build resiliency for youth and increase their chances of success; highlight the importance of quality mentoring programs in Santa Fe; and increase community’s awareness and support for programs.  

SFCF, SF B2C and Littleglobe are seeking programs interested in participation in this film project.  Priorities will be given to the current SF B2C partners, particularly Collaborative Working Group core team members.    To be considered for the project, please fill out and submit the Recommendation Form to by June 28th with Subject Title: Film Project – [Your Organization Name].        

To learn more and apply: CLICK HERE 

Communications Open Meeting

Join Us June 24th: SF B2C Communications Open Meeting

Have news to share with SF B2C? The Santa Fe Birth to Career Collaboration invites partners to join us for an open meeting to coordinate communications and marketing efforts amongst the organizations. We share information about upcoming communications opportunities as well as devise specific campaigns around our priority issues. If you'd like to join us, please RSVP to

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The meetings are on-going and held typically on the third Friday of each month, 9am-10:30am at the Santa Fe Community Foundation (501 Halona Street). The meeting dates may change at times due to special circumstances. Please confirm and RSVP before making plans to attend.

The next meeting will take place on June 24, 2016 at 9am.  

Also, save the date for the July Communications Open Meeting on Friday, July 22nd at 9am.

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Santa Fe Birth to Career Collaboration (SF B2C) is a collective impact effort to achieve better outcomes across the birth to career continuum in Santa Fe County.   Visit to learn more.
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