January 2019
A Note from our Executive Director

Dear friend,

When Lupe, the assistant teacher in our Ladybugs class told me that she wanted to learn more about teaching, I was supportive. But, then she told me that she didn’t have money to pay for classes – and that it was hard – almost impossible – to pass her classes because they were in English. Lupe’s spoken English is good, but reading, writing and following a lecture presents more of a challenge.

As you know, we offered our staff up to $500 per semester to cover tuition and books. Lupe signed up for two classes. Each time I saw Lupe, I asked her how her classes were going. “They’re hard,” she would tell me. “I’m learning. My nephew is helping me by reviewing my papers.” “I hope I pass.”  In December, when classes were over, Lupe approached me with a big smile. “I passed both of my classes. I got an A in both!” Words cannot express how proud I am of Lupe – and of all our other teachers and teachers aides who took and passed classes last semester. Most of them are taking more classes now. There are not enough early childhood teachers.

If we want to meet the needs of our community, we must grow our own staff. Our team needs to know that we believe in them and we are investing in their growth. Thank you for your help in making that happen. And, if you’d like to contribute to support our teacher development effort, we’d be happy to accept your contribution by clicking here.   

Lori Goodman
Executive Director
Farmers Market

IVYP is partnering with Food Bank Santa Barbara County to provide a Kids Farmers Market to our AfterSchool kids at IV Elementary and El Camino! Each month kids learn about a healthy food and prep and create a yummy recipe using the ingredient.

This month our kids learned about kale and made a delicious Shrek Shake! Many got the opportunity to try kale for the first time and were pleasantly surprised that it “wasn’t that gross.” Each student also goes home with a box of fresh fruit and veggies to share with their family.

See the recipe our kids used below !
LEAP 2020
Honorees Announced

The wait is over! We are excited to reveal that our honorees for LEAP 2020 are Wenday Sims-Moten of First 5 Santa Barbara County and Dr. Carrie Towbes of the Towbes Foundation. Save the date for our 2nd annual LEAP Awards on April 28th, 2020 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Goleta at 11:30am. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Staff Spotlight - Yesenia Paniagua

"I feel like the staff (of the After School program) is very connected, we are like a family. We will do anything to help each other and we know that kids come first. IVYP is very family oriented"

Read more here

New EcoLawn at IVYP's Children's Center

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, IVYP's Children's Center at Phelps received a beautiful upgrade. In December our friends at EcoLawn installed almost 800 sq ft of turf in our toddler yard. This artificial grass is hypoallergenic, water-wise, and includes a padded cushion foundation to ensure safe play for our children. Thank you to EcoLawn for being wonderful partners in this effort. As you can see, our kiddos are enjoying their new yard!

Harvest of the Month

Each month we share a healthy, easy and affordable recipe to try that highlights ingredients you can get at our monthly food distribution on the first Thursday of every month. This month we are highlighting kale! Kale is very high in nutrients and very low in calories, making it one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. The recipe we are using is similar to the “Shrek Shake” that our kiddos made this month. We hope you will enjoy it as much as they did!

Read the full recipe here!
Get Involved with IVYP
Spend time in the classroom. Our Children's Center, infant care, and after school elementary programs all love to have volunteers come to spend time with the children.
To learn more call Diana at
Help feed our community by volunteering at our monthly food distribution. Next opportunity to help is Thursday, February 6!
To learn more call Ana at
Ready to roll up your sleeves? Our sites are always in need of helping hands! We have projects ranging from painting, to yard clean up.
To learn more call Juan at
Isla Vista Youth Projects

Administrative offices
970 Embarcadero del Mar
Isla Vista, CA 93117

Children's Center
(agency mailing address)
6842 Phelps Road
Goleta, CA 93117

After School and Summer Enrichment Program
6875 El Colegio Rd.
Goleta, CA 93117

Family Resource Center
5638 Hollister Ave Suite 200
Goleta, CA 93117
(805) 685-6900