August 2020
A Note from our Executive Director

Dear friend,

Part of what makes IVYP so effective is that our staff are also members of the community we serve. They have insight, empathy, and first-hand knowledge of the challenges faced by families in the Goleta Valley, and that helps us provide appropriate, responsive and relevant support. During this pandemic, it means that our staff are facing the same challenges in helping their children succeed in school while working to support their family. It’s really tough.

Last week we fully re-opened our children’s center. We’re proud to be providing trauma-informed care for children whose parents are working, but we’re also worried about being exposed to this disease. Our Family Resource Center continues to be busier than ever, providing food, assistance with unemployment, housing, and emergency aid applications while continuing to conduct immigration webinars and parenting classes via zoom. Next week, we will begin our virtual after-school program for students at three Goleta elementary schools. 

At this time of so much uncertainty, we are deeply in tune with the challenges every family in our community is facing. I continue to be proud of the extraordinary work of our staff.

We can use your help. Please consider making a donation to IVYP’s COVID relief fund today.

Lori Goodman
Executive Director
Safely Open and Ready to Learn

IVYP's Children's Center is safely open! Our staff has been anxious to see their students again! To welcome students and parents back to school each classroom provided welcome videos in English and Spanish introducing themselves, going over new health and cleanliness protocols and providing virtual classroom tours. A few of our enhanced safety procedures include:
·       Daily sanitation of used toys and bedding
·       Children’s cots will be separated and children will sleep head to foot.
·    Separate drop off/pick up locations will be used based on age group
·    Daily temperature checks for students, teachers and parents required for entry 

FRC Holds Online
Immigration Forums

Covid-19 has made the work of our FRC look very different, but it has not stopped our Family Advocates from connecting with our community. Throughout the pandemic our FRC has moved all of our parenting workshops and immigration forums to an online format in order to continue to provide support and resources for our families. The beauty of this shift is that now our immigration forums are available on IVYP's website. No zoom ID required! Click below to watch webinars covering topics like, immigration in the COVID-19 era, and public charge.

IVYP in the News

IVYP's Executive Director Lori Goodman was featured in this month's Noozhawk series on COVID-19 and Nonprofit sustainability. “Sustainability for IVYP is the confidence that we can continue to serve our clients and exist as an organization into the future.” She says funders should focus on “equity and social change.”

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 tomatoes! Early in COVID-19 many folks planted gardens to have fresh vegetables during national shortages. Well if you're like us now is the time you have more tomatoes than you can handle! The health benefits of tomatoes are many and include eye care, good stomach health, and reduced blood pressure. Here is an easy sauce recipe that you can make and freeze for later!

Read the full recipe here!
Get Involved with IVYP
IVYP needs your support as we work hard to support our community in the wake of COVID-19. We’ve stepped up and we need your help to continue. Please consider a donation to IVYP’s COVID-19 Response Fund to help us continue to provide the caring, proactive and flexible support our community needs. 
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Do you sew? Do you want to help our most vulnerable community members? IVYP is collecting and distributing fabric masks to the families in our community who
need extra support. We are especially in need of child size masks. If you would like to contribute please message us directly here 
Isla Vista Youth Projects

Administrative offices
5638 Hollister Ave Suite, 320
Goleta, CA 93117

Children's Center
(agency mailing address)
6842 Phelps Road
Goleta, CA 93117

After School and Summer Enrichment Programs
Virtual Learning
Isla Vista Elementary
El Camino Elementary
La Patera Elementary
(805) 968-1624

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