June 2020
A Note from our Executive Director

Dear friend,

Last month, I shared with you IVYP’s statement against racism. Our statement was crafted collectively and reflected the voices of staff across all of our programs. I’m proud of our statement and the process we engaged in to craft it. But, statements aren’t enough.

What are we doing at IVYP to advance the cause of anti-racism? How are we moving from statement to action? As a team, we’ve been discussing actions we can take to identify our own implicit bias. Team members are actively recognizing racist messages they’ve received in their families. As one team member so beautifully put it, “we want to learn how to not be accidentally racist.”  We recognize that even though the majority of our staff are people of color, every one of us has been living in a sea of racist messaging and that it takes tremendous effort and trust to rethink all of those messages. We are beginning a formal organizational assessment, looking at our board practices, our hiring, our teaching, and our decision making. We will be engaging in implicit bias training with all of our staff.  Externally, we continue to raise questions about race and racism in public spaces. We are being more intentional about engaging with Black as well as Latinx community members. I do not know how to do this right. But, if not now, when? If not me, then who?

In our statement we wrote together:  Isla Vista Youth Projects mitigates the effects of poverty, racism, and trauma by providing high-quality, trauma-informed child care, comprehensive, culturally-sensitive family support, and visionary community leadership. We will not be silent in the face of injustice. We will tell our stories. We will listen. We will acknowledge and question our own internalized racism. We will question our assumptions. We will continue our work that is ultimately the only permanent antidote to hate – creating authentic, trusting, real relationships that cross boundaries.
Now is the time for courage. We must not be afraid to speak from the heart to our children, to our students and to one another.

These are not just words. They are informing our actions. I invite you to join us. 

Lori Goodman
Executive Director
Resource Partner Highlight

Every day our FRC connects families to resources in our community. In that spirit IVYP wants to highlight local organizations and share some of the resources they offer. This month we are highlighting organizations doing important racial justice work in our community.

Image: Simone Ruskamp and Krystle Farmer Sieghart. | Credit: Daniel Dreifuss
AfterSchool Summer Program Moves Online

IVYP's summer program has gone virtual! On June 22, we launched a new online program that offers 2 hours of online instruction to students via Zoom classes daily for 8 weeks over the summer. Students received a box of materials to be able to fully participate and engage in structured daily lessons. We are also continuing to partner with America Reads & Counts Tutors to provide additional support to students. This program is now fully enrolled with a substantial waitlist.

Moment of Joy

Life in the wake of COVID-19 is hard. Which is why each month in our newsletter we want to provide you with a moment of joy - something that has our staff has found helpful in this time. This month we are sharing our staff reading list. Staff members from across our organization sent in books that they have been reading during the pandemic. Hope you find something on this list that you will enjoy!

Read the list 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
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