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Family Resource Center Opens Its Doors

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Front Page, Uncategorized | 0 comments

1-2-3, You Can Count On Me

 

On December 14, thirty-five children opened our ribbon cutting ceremony with a song telling over 200 guests, “1-2-3, You Can Count On Me.”

For the past 20 years, parents and residents have counted on Somos Mayfair to uplift the dreams, power, and leadership of community. And the grand opening of our new flagship Family Resource Center is a testament to our steadfast commitment to the children and families of Mayfair.

This new center, located at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, is a hub for Alum Rock Union School District families and positions Somos to serve over 1,300 families (extending our reach beyond Mayfair) with FIRST 5 evidenced-based and homegrown solutions. The center will serve birth-3rd grade children and their parents, providing them access to resources, high quality programs, and linkages to sister agencies, and leadership development opportunities that uplift parent voice and decision-making.

This milestone would not be possible without the support and commitment of our community (Promotores and resident leaders), partner agencies, and donors. ¡Gracias!

At Somos, we’ve done our share to increase access to quality early learning, AND – as the end of the year approaches – we ask, “can we count on you to close the opportunity gap?”

JOIN US by a making a tax deductible gift to Somos Mayfair. You can:

  • Make a donation online or send a check to 370-B S King Road, San Jose, CA 95116;
  • Host a table at our Gracias A La Vida dinner on May 18, 2017; or
  • Volunteer: You can join our board, a committee, or help organize a book drive.

For more information on how to get involved, you can contact Jessica at jpazcedillos@somosmayfair.org.

On behalf of the Somos Team and community Promotores, thank you for letting us count on you!


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Program Highlight: EMPUJE

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015 in Front Page, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Program Highlight: EMPUJE

When Somos’ In Our Hands campaign commenced, we never imaged that community would take an active role in holding their school district accountable to community needs. However, after a few house meetings it became clear that parents were going to be strong advocates for their children’s education outside of the home… and EMPUJE (push) was born.

EMPUJE - LCFF & LCAP Interview w- Text

The parent-led committee’s first priorities included having access to a bilingual liaison at Cesar Chavez Elementary School and space.

Fast forward two years and parents in Alum Rock Union School District have not only championed a district-wide language access, translation, and interpretation policy, but also recently leveraged the State’s new school funding formula to win major improvements in school/community relations and district decision-making.

These wins translate to $1.2 million to hire full time community liaisons at every school in the district for the 2015-2016 school year, in addition to $20,000 for parent training, and access to Mathson Institute of Technology for a parent led soccer league.