October 2019
A Note from our Executive Director

Dear friend,

I have a confession to make: I love trivia. I am a regular at pub-trivia, I play in a secret trivia league, and I appeared on Jeopardy! last year. I’m confessing because trivia is, well, trivial. During the day, I’m thinking about “important things” like the root causes of poverty, how to meet the growing needs in our community for childcare and family support, how racism and childhood trauma impact the lives of the children and families in our community, how should IVYP align all our programs to help children be healthy, safe and ready to learn? At the heart of my love of trivia is a love of learning – and that’s exactly what we strive to nurture in all the children we care for at IVYP.

We help develop a love of learning by helping children to be curious, by asking questions that extend their thinking and by exposing them to new people, ideas and concepts. We are nurturing a love of learning in our teachers by providing scholarships to any staff who take classes in order to further their skills. I’m delighted to let you know that at least 10 of our staff members are attending classes in addition to working all day. We can use your help in fostering a love of learning across our organization.

Lori Goodman
Executive Director
IVYP is Hiring!

Isla Vista Youth Projects Family Resource Center is seeking great team players who are passionate and determined in supporting families in our community. Family Advocates work directly with families to promote their health, academic success, and well-being and to reduce family stressors so that parents can support their children’s preparation for Kindergarten and school success. 
Pumpkin Patch

This month our Children's Center classes were able to go on a special field trip to the pumpkin class! Many parents and siblings joined us as we got a tour of the patch, a hay ride, and met some farm animals. And everyone came home with their own special pumpkin! Our classes then turned their pumpkins into delicious pumpkin cookies to be shared with their families! Cooking helps our kids learn hands on about team work, patience, measuring, counting, and language development. See below for a pumpkin cookies recipe using fresh pumpkin endorsed by our Children's Center kiddos!

Staff Spotlight - Jose Real

" I wish people knew more about our After School Enrichment programs and how can it benefit them. We have our own curriculum and that allows us to give the kids lessons through hands-on activities so it really makes them use their minds while always having fun.  "

Read more here
Family Resource Center
Partners to Offer Two New Workshops

This month Isla Vista Youth Project's Family Resource Center partnered with Santa Barbara County Public Health to offer two important workshops to Goleta Valley families: Nutrition Class and Every Woman Counts - Cancer Prevention . Both classes were offered in Spanish and were completely free of charge.
Click below to learn more about each class and view some of the material they covered. We hope to continue to offer these workshops in partnership with SBCPH.

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 pumpkin! Pumpkins are more than a piece of decoration, they are delicious and healthy! Pumpkin is high in vitamins and minerals while being low in calories. It’s also a great source of beta-carotene, a carotenoid that your body converts into vitamin A. The kids in our children's center love this recipe for pumpkin cookies using fresh pumpkin!

Read the full recipe here!
IVYP in the News
Isla Vista Community Center Ribbon Cutting
Check out these two articles highlighting the ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly launched Isla Vista Community Center.

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, November 7!
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