MONTHLY ARCHIVE

MPN New Pedestrian Education Initiative a Step in the Right Direction

A stroll through the bustling Mission this morning revealed some scary scenes. A pedestrian texted while crossing at Valencia and 24th streets, oblivious to the cars turning in his direction. A few places north, a bicyclist brazenly weaved in and out of traffic. Over on Mission and 19th, a car sped up, barely make it through […]

Mission Promise Neighborhood Releases School Climate Survey to Community

As part of the Promise Neighborhood grant, the United States Department of Education (DoE) mandates that all Promise Neighborhood grantees administer an annual school climate survey, at their target middle and high schools, to understand the impact of the initiative on students. Findings from the first school climate survey for the Mission Promise Neighborhood are now […]

“Get Connected!” Helps MPN Families Learn Another Language as Part of Worldwide “Hour of Code” Challenge

When code.org devised its first “Hour of Code” grassroots campaign a year ago, they never could have imagined the impact: in a mere two weeks, over 20 million people participated and over 600-million lines of code had been written. That led to another challenge this December for the week of the 8th to the14th, part of “Computer […]

An MPN Thanksgiving, Latino-Style

Guest Blog by Teresa Morales Mission Promise Neighborhood Community Engagement It was an early Thanksgiving feast, Latino-style, held at MEDA’s Plaza Adelante on November 14th, with staff and promotoras sharing a meal. It was time to give a year-end thanks to these amazing community outreach workers, the six women who began working with MEDA and […]

Second “Housing Town Hall” Facilitated by Mission Promise Neighborhood

Everett Middle School combined empathy with education last night as underresourced, predominately Latino families from the Mission came together to share their concerns and traumas over San Francisco’s continuing housing crisis. Held by the Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN), this was the second such event of 2014. The first “Housing Town Hall” was held at Bryant […]

Support for Families: Creating a Community, Client by Client

On a nondescript stretch of Mission Street—straddling the trendier Mission, Castro and SoMa districts—is the location of the offices of Support for Families of Children with Disabilities (SFF). While this area showcases little of the historic charm for which San Francisco is renowned, inside 1663 Mission, an elevator ride away on the seventh floor, some history of […]

Mission Head Start: Over Four Decades Preparing Kids for School

Dolores Terrazas speaks with pride of her dedicated staff of 90 that has made Mission Head Start a mainstay for San Francisco’s Latino community for over 40 years, myriad young lives positively affected over that time. “I enjoy the wonder of experiences of children who have a voice,” profoundly exclaims the Mission native, whose career […]

Guest Blog: Erika Bernabei of PolicyLink on Building the National Infrastructure for a Promise Neighborhoods Movement

When I consider how the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) does its work with the 50+ communities in our network, I think about how we have developed the national infrastructure for improving the educational and development outcomes for the poorest children in America. PNI has developed a disciplined approach to thinking and moving from talk […]

Thousands Attend Jam-Packed 3-in-1 “Back to School Event” in Mission

A sweet eight-year-old approached a volunteer from Target, the awaiting youngster being handed the first of 2,000 free backpacks the company had generously donated to Mission District schoolchildren. The child’s face was aglow as she rifled through the supplies in the backpack–her backpack. “Gracias. Thank you,” the grateful child sheepishly stated, cognizant that she was now […]

MEDA Partners for Success

It’s always great when synchronicity occurs. This was definitely the case recently for MEDA Job Developer Orrian Willis. How so? Willis had attended a job fair, where he met two recruiters for UCSF, with their niche being temp to perm administration positions in the medical field. Willis nurtured this relationship so that MEDA Workforce Development […]

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