December 2019
A Note from our Executive Director

Dear friend,

Even as we move into the busy holiday season, our children’s center will be open. Parents are working and their children need care. Our Family Resource Center will continue to help families with their emergency needs. Our food distribution and our emergency food pantry have served more people than ever this fall.
Even during this busy time, it’s important to reflect on all we are accomplishing together.

Thanks to you, 118 infants, toddlers and preschoolers are being cared for in a safe, loving, high quality center. Thanks to you, 165 students at El Camino Elementary School and at Isla Vista Elementary School are learning, growing, and building connections after school. Thanks to you, 24 parents are learning effective parenting skills. Thanks to you, hundreds of families are able to access the support they need to make ends meet.

We could not do our work without you. Thank you.

Lori Goodman
Executive Director
Project Holiday

Thanks to a partnership with Hermanas Unidas 90 children at our El Camino Elementary Afterschool Program received a holiday gift this year. Hermanas Unidas raises money each year and then purchases and wraps each gift for the children. They also lead the kids in activies and crafts representing several holiday traditions. Thank you to the volunteers from Hermanas Unidas and America Reads for making this holiday season so special for our kiddos!
LEAP 2020
Guess the Awardee

Can you guess who will be honored at LEAP Awards 2020 on April 28? In January we will announce our two award winners, but first we'll give you some clues to guess who the our awardees might be! Let's hear from awarde e #2, "I have been a Santa Barbara County resident for over 30 years. I have a deep-rooted interest in the progress, development, and well-being of this community and its residents. My civic and community involvement includes working and volunteering with a variety of organizations such as Santa Barbara Unified School District, CAUSE, McCune Foundation and Emerging Leaders. Who am I?"

Stay tuned for more the big reveal in next months newsletter!

Staff Spotlight - Lucia Perez

" I love helping the community. I love working with the children and getting to know the families and just being able to help and to provide resources to people. You build bonds with the families, you see them every day and when they leave and you miss them. "

Read more here

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 trying something different and high lighting culture! This month we are sharing a recipe for champurrado! Champurrado is a thick, warm Mexican chocolate drink usually made during the winter months and Holiday season. While every family has their own recipe here is one way to make this warm holiday treat. Enjoy with loved ones to achieve maximum deliciousness!

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, January 2!
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