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SV2’s Newest Grantee

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015 in Old Posts | Comments Off on SV2’s Newest Grantee

SV2 2nd Logo Somos Mayfair is SV2’s newest grantee. The Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2) is a vibrant giving network of more than 200 Partners who come together to learn about effective giving and pool their money and talent to support promising social ventures throughout Silicon Valley and the world.
As a grantee, Somos will receive a three-year unrestricted capacity building investment totaling $150,000 to close the opportunity gap faced by Mayfair children. In addition, Somos will benefit from “beyond-the-dollars” advising to help build their capacity and scale programs. Somos welcomes SV2 as the newest partner whose investment will help foster early school success in Mayfair.


The success of Somos Mayfair is enhanced by our ability to build a strong coalition of advocates and supporters. Our work would not be possible without the contributions of time, talent, and resources that we receive from so many generous people and institutions. We’d like to thank our newest supporters – The Health Trust, Microsoft YouthSpark, and Intel – and long time advocates: FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, United Way Silicon Valley, the Bella Vista Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Latino Community Foundation, the Castellano Family Foundation, WomenGo!, Cisco, and Texas Instruments.

Somos Mayfair To Receive Neighborhood Builders Award

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Old Posts | Comments Off on Somos Mayfair To Receive Neighborhood Builders Award

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Somos Mayfair was selected by Bank of America as a Neighborhood Builder. Every year, 60 high performing nonprofit organizations are selected from 42 markets across the U.S. These organizations demonstrate excellence and impact in the areas of community development, workforce development, education, and basic human needs. Neighborhood Builders are connected with a unique combination of individual leadership development and $200,000 in flexible funding.


For the official announcement:  Press Release SOMOS MAYFAIR


About Neighborhood Builders

Neighborhood Builders is currently marking its tenth year as the largest investment in nonprofit leadership development and organizational longevity. Through Neighborhood Builders, Bank of America has invested $160 million in 800 nonprofit organizations and provided training to 1,600 nonprofit leaders.

Organizations selected as Neighborhood Builders are recognized for their significant impact in addressing needs related to community development, basic human services or workforce development and education. The flexible funding allows nonprofits to build capacity. At the same time, leaders of the organizations learn about issues core to nonprofit sustainability through the Neighborhood Builders leadership training.

Olivia’s Leadership Development Journey

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Old Posts | 0 comments

Did you know young adults can develop into leaders as they promote early school readiness for Somos Mayfair?

Olivia (a volunteer for Somos Mayfair) was shy and soft-spoken when she first joined Somos Mayfair, but blossomed into a confident leader as she helped parents find their own voice as community leaders.

Olivia’s been with Somos for a few months and volunteers in our early school readiness program.  She’s a peer mentor who has been instrumental in outreach for Somos Mayfair’s programs.  Although her initial involvement with Somos Mayfair was via home visits and the YMCA mobile pre-school, she soon found that her true passion lied within the collective action efforts of Somos Mayfair.

Parent engagement and student achievement greatly depends on the ability of parents and teachers to communicate and establish clear student expectations, so Olivia continually encouraged parents to advocate on behalf of their community and children’s school. Through her efforts, she soon developed her own leadership, communication, and advocacy skills. This year, she will be testifying at a school district board hearing to advocate for translation and interpretation services district-wide for all students and parents.

Thanks to Olivia and the parent leaders she has cultivated, there is now an opportunity to collaborate with the local school board to introduce a policy that ensures translation and interpretation services district-wide.   


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