September 2018
A Note from our Executive Director

Dear friend,

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to Isla Vista Youth Project’s newly conceived e-newsletter. Each month, I will share information about the children and families we serve in Goleta, Isla Vista and beyond. We will also highlight a staff member in our Staff Spotlight section and share program information, news and upcoming events.

There is a quote I love, and think about often. “There are two gifts we should give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.” I began my tenure as Executive Director of Isla Vista Youth Projects in February. I am so grateful to my predecessor Luann Miller for the deep roots she established for this organization. Luann has been a passionate promoter of children and families for more than 30 years. I am incredibly blessed to follow her at IVYP and to benefit from her superb reputation and the reputation of this organization.
Quietly and with little fanfare, IVYP has spread its wings. Our Children’s Center serves babies and preschoolers from Goleta and Santa Barbara – and even a few from Lompoc and Carpinteria. Our Family Resource Center supports families throughout Goleta and Santa Barbara. And our school-aged program, which is housed at Isla Vista Elementary School serves mostly children who live in Goleta.

Isla Vista Youth Projects has a point of view. We believe that when children receive interactive, developmentally appropriate, high quality care, and parents have the resources and skills they need, we build a strong, successful, vibrant community. I look forward to sharing our roots and our wings with you in the coming months.

Lori Goodman
Executive Director
Join us at The Garden in the Public Market on Tuesday, September 11 for a viewing party of Lori's appearance on Jeopardy! The Garden will donate 10% of all proceeds that evening to support Isla Vista Youth Projects!

A summer of fun!

While summer in Santa Barbara County seems endless summer vacation has drawn to a close and school has started once again. IVYP celebrated summer by celebrating our community and our staff. We participated in the fiesta children's parade, held a IVYP staff and family BBQ, and participated in Safety Town!

S ee photos of all the fun by visiting our Facebook page here

Staff Spotlight - Alejandra Alvarez

"It warms my heart to be recognized and greeted around the community... A smile, wave, or small chit chat always brightens up my day because it makes me feel a apart of a home and it also reminds me that our hard work has made an impression outside of Isla Vista as well."
Read more here

IVYP in the News

Check out this wonderful article from The Santa Barbara Foundation highlighting IVYP's recent Early Care and Education grant for $20,000. We are so grateful to The Santa Barbara Foundation for their support and investment in high quality and accessible early childhood education.

Children's Center Graduation

In August IVYP was proud to send our Children's Center graduates off to Kindergarten in style by holding a graduation ceremony complete with caps and gowns, lei necklaces, and perf ormances from the graduating class. At IVYP we know that access to quality early childhood education is one of the strongest predictors of individual success and we are honored to send these young grads on their way!
Support the next generation by donating 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 highlighting we are high lighting tomatoes with a recipe for bruschetta chicken!

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 Liz at
Help feed our community by volunteering at our monthly food distribution. Next opportunity to help is Thursday, October 4!
To learn more call Ana at
Ready to roll up your sleeves? United Way of Santa Barbara County is hosting their 27th Annual Day of Caring on Saturday, September 15th from 9am-12pm and IVYP's Children's Center is proud to be accepting volunteers.
To learn more call Gina at
Isla Vista Youth Projects

Administrative offices and Family Resource Center
970 Embarcadero del Mar
Isla Vista, CA 93117

Children's Center
6842 Phelps Road
Goleta, CA 93117

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