MONTHLY ARCHIVE

MEDA Best Practices Showcased in New PolicyLink Guide on Integrating Family Financial Security into Promise Neighborhoods

When MEDA received a federal grant in December 2012 to start a Promise Neighborhood at a quartet of low-performing schools in San Francisco’s Mission District, the four-decades-old agency remained at the vanguard of nonprofit best practices by implementing a comprehensive service integration strategy, whereby the families of students are offered free asset-building services. The aim is that every family […]

Giants’ Sergio Romo Aces Inspirational Pitch at MPN Partner Mission Graduates Ceremony

MEDA staff was part of a mass gathering last night for a hallowed event at the Mission District’s Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist. The occasion? 33 youths, who some deemed did not have a prayer of getting into college, proved their naysayers wrong as triumphant participants in nonprofit Mission Graduates’ “College Connect” program. […]

Mission Promise Neighborhood Survey Strategy

As the lead agency of the Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN), MEDA partners with 26 nonprofit organizations and government agencies to launch a cradle-to-college-to-career continuum of services that empowers every Mission District family to succeed economically and achieve academically. MPN recently conducted an extensive neighborhood survey, details of which follow. Survey Strategist Interview: Carolina Guzman Director […]

Calle 24 Latino Cultural District to Preserve Mission Community for Future Generations

In a neighborhood where the high-end restaurant is becoming more common than the once-ubiquitous taqueria, MEDA backs the creation of the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District. District 9 Supervisor David Campos, born in Guatemala and now representing the Mission District, was at the vanguard of pushing this resolution, which was passed unanimously by the San […]

MEDA Bridges the Digital Divide in San Francisco’s Mission District

“These technologies can make life easier, can let us touch people we might not otherwise.” So said the late Apple visionary and driving force, Steve Jobs. Yet a walk down one of the main drags of San Francisco’s Mission District reveals two worlds attempting to coexist. At 24th and Valencia, scores of young tech workers […]

MEDA on KGO Channel 7 NEWS: MPN Mission District Survey

 REPRINTED.  Watch the news video. Interested in volunteering for the MPN Survey? Email us. Correspondent: Leanne Melendez, KGO Channel 7 News San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — People, who live in San Francisco’s Mission District, may get an unexpected knock on the door from people conducting a survey. The purpose is to assess the needs of low-income […]

Mission Promise Neighborhood Survey Starts Today

The Mission District will be awash in a sea of orange starting today. No, it’s not that autumn came early this year. It’s actually the sea of orange vests and backpacks worn by the zealous teams conducting the Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN) survey of 1,000 households in this primarily Latino community. Bilingual duos will be […]

Making Tech His Mission in the Mission

MEDA’s Richard Abisla Named “2014 Broadband Champion” MEDA is proud to announce that the renowned California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) has named our Technology Manager, Richard Abisla, a “2014 Broadband Champion.” Richard is being recognized for his hard work to close the growing digital divide. The champions were selected by CETF in consultation with dozens […]

Mission District San Francisco Town Hall Addresses Lower-Income Residents’ Concerns

MEDA facilitates school meeting about housing crisis and families under stress On March 19th, Bryant Elementary in the Mission District played host to an insightful Housing Town Hall to bring the community together to express their concerns about the rising cost of San Francisco apartments. Turnout exceeded expectations—emblematic of the breadth of the issues facing […]

A Promising Approach to Asset Building

We are excited about our partnership with PolicyLink, the San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment and Citi to document and share best practices for asset building in Promise Neighborhoods -and we are starting right here in the Mission. The Mission Promise Neighborhood will work to ensure every family has the resources they need to be financially […]

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