September 2019
A Note from our Executive Director

Dear friend,

"To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated."  - James P. Carse

Life is full of surprises and that’s especially true when you work with children. Last week, we received a surprise emergency alert – there was a mountain lion spotted on the West Campus of UCSB – quite close to the West Campus site of our Children’s Center. When you work with children, you expect to be surprised by their new ideas, their funny sayings, and their kindness. Finding out that a lion is on the loose near them is not a normal surprise! Fortunately, our excellent staff did a great job of sharing information with one another, preparing a safety plan, and providing calm comfort for our parents and children. Even more fortunately, the mountain lion never appeared near the children.

I’m happy (but not surprised) to share the news that we hired Franky Viveros as the new Director for our Children’s Center. Franky is doing a terrific job inspiring our teachers, engaging with our parents, and caring for our students. This week, begins an important holiday for me – Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. I will be welcoming surprise as I reflect and focus on goals for the new year. I invite you to notice what surprises you as well.

Lori Goodman
Executive Director
Isla Vista Community Center
Ribbon Cutting

The Isla Vista Community Center is set to open its doors for a ribbon cutting ceremony, reception, and remarks by elected officials and others on Saturday, October 12th from 11am-12:30pm. Please join us and fellow community members to preview Isla Vista's long-awaited community center!

Please RSVP  here or reach out to Paulina Arango  for any questions or more details.

Health Fair

IVYP's annual Children's Health Fair saw a record number of kiddos! This year 133 children were treated to a dental screening, BMI, hearing and vision tests, and fluoride treatment. They even got to take home a free pair of sunglasses and spend some quality time with first responders. IVYP's Family Advocates follow up with students that were identified as needing additional care to ensure they are connected with a doctor or dentist. Thank you to the MANY organizations, volunteers, and staff for proving this crucial service!

Staff Spotlight - Luisa Hermosillo

 "I want people to know that here (at IVYP) we help children develop their imagination, their language and social interactions. We are more than just a daycare, we have many other programs and resources for parents and their children."

Read more here
IVYP Makes Platinum

IVYP is proud to share that our organization has received the Platinum Seal of Transparency which is the highest level of transparency awarded by GuideStar. GuideStar is the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. IVYP ensures that we make all of the most important metrics of our success easily available to the community including financial information, proven impact, and strategic goals.

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 apples! Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease! Wow! We love this recipe because it's a great way to provide you and your kiddos with a healthy delicious snack on the go!

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, October 3!
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