November 2019
A Note from our Executive Director

Dear friend,

I recently visited my aging father to help him move. It was a challenging day, packing boxes, discarding junk, cleaning. In the garage were several boxes of photo albums. I found treasures – photos I haven’t seen in 40 or more years. Going through the photographs, I was presented with evidence of the deep devotion my parents had for me and my sister. Photos documenting birthday parties, photos of all the plays I was in, all of my sister’s cheer leading competitions. The photos are a testament to the love I received as a child.

Every child deserves to have a happy, safe and loving childhood.
All of IVYP’s work is structured to provide the children in our community with as many safe and joyful experiences as possible. Last week we published our annual report and it is full of photos that document the happy childhoods we are helping to build. By supporting families, establishing positive relationships and nurturing skills, IVYP is creating the resilient, healthy community we all want.

As we approach Thanksgiving, I am grateful that my parents were able to raise me in a home full of warmth and care. I thank you for helping us create a loving and joyful community for our children.

Lori Goodman
Executive Director
IVYP's 18-19 Annual Report

We are incredibly proud to share our 2018-2019 Annual Report to our community. Last year represented a lot of growth and learning for IVYP and our programs. We are proud to share our impact through data in this report. We celebrated our first LEAP Awards and welcomed new staff to our team and we are happy to honor our partners and donors this year. Thank you to all who made 2018-2019 an incredible year for IVYP and the Goleta Valley. If you'd like to receive a physical copy of the report please send us your mailing address here.

Donor Spotlight: Women's Fund of Santa Barbara

IVYP was honored to be a part of this year's Grants in Action forum hosted by the Women's Fund of Santa Barbara. This panel discussion entitled From Adversity to Resiliency: Supporting Children and Families and was moderated by Jon Clark of the Bower Foundation. Alongside Lori were representatives from CALM and SBNC to speak about efforts to combat early childhood experiences that result in negative long-term outcomes. We are so grateful for the support of the Women's Fund and for the opportunity to speak about our work in the community.

Staff Spotlight - Azucena Lopez

"My favorite teacher was my preschool teacher. Her name was Ms. Betty Sanchez, she passed away two years ago. She was very dear to me. When I think back on her, I remember how she gently built up my confidence, let me shine in my own way, inspired new interests in me, and made me discover talents I didn’t even know I had. Ms. Betty Sanchez created a safe and loving environment in her classroom. I felt like her classroom was my second home. She was always so supportive and encouraged me not to be afraid to take risks. "

Read more here
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! First let's hear from awardee #1, "I am a Licensed Psychologist specializing in children and families. I was born and raised in Santa Barbara and I obtained my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delaware. I have a particular interest in stress and resiliency and I recognize the critical role that parents play in nurturing their children’s development. I am a philanthropist, educator, and active community member. Who am I?"

Stay tuned for more clues in next months newsletter!

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 sweet potatoes! Sweet potatoes are rich in an antioxidant called beta carotene, which is very effective at raising blood levels of vitamin A, particularly in children! We love this recipe because it's easy, healthy and combines all our favorite fall flavors!

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, December 5!
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