MPN Scholarship Fund 2016: Updates on our Four Recipients

The Mission Promise Neighborhood Scholarship Fund started last spring, helping send four deserving John O’Connell High School seniors to college. This scholarship fund is now entering its second year, as we look to send more Mission youth on to postsecondary education. Update #1: Ivonne Villanueva (photo), San Francisco State. (Original story.) What have you been learning at […]

Embedding Early Care and Education Facilities into MEDA’s Family Housing in the Mission Promise Neighborhood

by MEDA Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng Contributed to by MEDA Senior Project Manager Elaine Yee, Mission Promise Neighborhood Program Manager Liz Cortez and MEDA Financial Capability Coach Teresa Garcia Most parents know that finding quality care and education for your child is not easy. For immigrant, working families of the Mission Promise Neighborhood, it’s even […]

Mission Promise Neighborhood Family Averts Eviction and Finds a New Home in a BMR Rental

Julio Alvarado chose San Francisco’s Mission as his adopted home when he emigrated from Guatemala back in 2000. He felt immediately welcomed in his new community, so much so that when he married and had two kids, the family planted roots in the neighborhood. That comforting sense of place became tenuous when Alvarado and his […]

Mission Promise Neighborhood Family Avoids Eviction and Wins Housing Lottery

Luz Bourne-Ruiz is an energetic, single mother of 7-year-old Nathan, who attends Alvarado Elementary School in San Francisco. The immigrant from Mexico operates her own business, the New Alternatives Cafe, a cozy, neighborhood eatery serving breakfast and lunch on Guerrero near 28th. Featuring a convivial environment, there’s even a piano, guitar and congas for musically […]

President Obama’s Legacy of Success: Neighborhoods of Opportunity

by Director, Mission Promise Neighborhood Raquel Donoso On a fluke, I attended a Barack Obama rally in Oakland back in 2006. The affable senator from Illinois was not yet running for president, but he drew an impressive crowd. Obama was magnetic. His audience was electrified. I left that day filled with incredible hope. That feeling […]

It’s Time for End-of-Year Giving in the Mission Promise Neighborhood

You’re invited to be a “Part of the Promise” this year, as we collectively work improve the lives of our students. It’s easy. Just donate to a cause in the Mission in lieu of purchasing gifts, or ask your friends and family to make your holiday gift a tax-deductible donation. There are many impactful Mission-based […]

“Second Annual Mission Promise Neighborhood Holiday Book Giveaway & Resource Fair” Brings out Hundreds

The importance of reading can never be underestimated. The staff of the Mission Promise Neighborhood always keep this fact front of mind when speaking to our families, whether at community-based organizations or in the four schools that comprise this federal education initiative. To ensure that everyone in our community has the books they need to help […]

Double Duty by DoubleDutch: Mission Promise Neighborhood Thanksgiving Meal Donations and Volunteerism Today

Everyone’s got a long shopping list for this Thursday’s Thanksgiving meal, but for some that list cannot easily be met … if at all. The habitually underresourced sometimes cannot fit the added expense of this holiday meal into their tight budget. This is true of a number of Mission Promise Neighborhood families, with household incomes […]

Mission Promise Neighborhood School Social Worker Bridget Early’s Family Buys a Home — Before It’s Too Late

Bridget Early has been a social worker at the Mission Promise Neighborhood’s Everett Middle School in San Francisco for the past nine years, following in the footsteps of her parents, who were both educators. Raised a few hours north in Chico, Early relished her childhood outings to the Bay Area with her folks. These trips […]

Mission Promise Neighborhood Celebrates Bilingual Child Month: Double-Digit Improvements in English Language Arts Scores at Bryant Elementary

“I want to be the next president of the United States!” That’s the lofty goal of Joel Ajin Rivera (photo), the child of parents who emigrated from Guatemala. The studious, determined fifth-grader attends Bryant Elementary in the Mission, one of four schools that are part of the Mission Promise Neighborhood. Principal Christina Velasco says, “Joel […]

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