February 2020
A Note from our Executive Director

Dear friend,

So much of what I’ve learned since joining IVYP is how invisible our most vulnerable children and families are. I was not aware of how many children in our community are hungry at school. Even though I heard the statistics, it didn’t sink in until I began to look into the faces of the children and families who rely on us – and others – for support.

It’s vital that we make sure that our children are not invisible. April 1 is Census Day. That’s the day when every one must be counted. The Census helps us to know who is part of our community. Participating in the census says we matter.

IVYP is partnering with many other organizations across Santa Barbara County to help educate our community and support them in participating in the census. I hope you’ll join us at Make Goleta Count Day at Jonny Wallis park on Saturday, March 14 .

Lori Goodman
Executive Director
Come Play Trivia with our champ!

During the month of March IVYP will be Draughtsmen Aleworks featured Karma Tap. A portion of every beer sold from the Karma Tap will go directly to IVYP programs! To kick off this exciting partnership IVYP's resident Jeopardy Champion and Executive Director Lori Goodman will be participating in and IVYP themedPub Trivia on March 3 from 6-8pm! To play all you need is to come to Draughtsmen in Goleta with up to five of your friends and you can challenge our champ while supporting IVYP. Per team buy in is $10. It's all in good fun and supports IVYP's work. Hope to see you there!

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Parenting Class Graduation

This month a new group of parents graduated from our parenting class Herramientas para Padres. This 10 week course covered topics such as:Understanding children’s brain development, establishing attachment between children and parents, infant attachment activities, positive discipline, nutrition, technology, and the 5 Protective Factors. This class was offered free of charge in partnership with CALM and included childcare and light dinner. Join us in congratulating this dedicated group of parents!

Staff Spotlight - Agam Maroke

" I like people to know just how much of a community IVYP is because it’s not just a daycare. The work that IVYP does and all the staff look out for everyone that’s connected to IVYP. Not just the families that bring their children here but also their relatives and friends and everyone just tries to help each other out. The community aspect of IVYP is really strong. "

Read more here
LEAP 2020 - Save the Date

Tickets are already going fast for IVYP's second annual LEAP Awards on April 28th at 11:30am. Join us as we honor Carrie Towbes PhD and Wendy Sims-Moten who LEAP for the children and families of the Goleta Valley. LEAP stands for Learn, Engage, Advocate and Partner. To purchase tickets now or learn more about sponsorship opportunities click the link below. We hope to see you in April!

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 lemon! Lemons are high in heart-healthy vitamin C and several beneficial plant compounds that may lower cholesterol. We love this recipe because it's simple, fresh and packed full of flavor. Healthy tip: Substitute the the chicken with tofu to make this vegan friendly!

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, March 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 Programs
Isla Vista Elementary
6875 El Colegio Rd.
Goleta, CA 93117

El Camino Elementary
5020 San Simeon Dr.
Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Family Resource Center
5638 Hollister Ave Suite 200
Goleta, CA 93117

Isla Vista Community Center
976 Embarcadero del Mar
Isla Vista, CA 93117