“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 […]

Immigration Sessions at Four Mission Promise Neighborhood Schools this Autumn

As the aim of the Mission Promise Neighborhood is family economic success translating to student achievement, the 20+ partner agencies are always collaborating to devise ways to best serve families. This can mean bringing services directly into the quartet of Mission schools served by the initiative. One idea for this fall was to tackle immigration […]

Fostering Community Engagement via Parent Leadership: the Example of Prop N

Community engagement was one of the aspects of the Promise Neighborhood grant written back in 2012. One of the Mission Promise Neighborhood’s answers to that piece of family success was the creation of a parent leadership group, known as the Mission Parent Council. This group is spearheaded by Laura Olivas. Parent engagement Olivas has been […]

Centro de Alegría Preschool Center Opens in the Mission Promise Neighborhood

When Mission Promise Neighborhood lead agency MEDA was looking for honorees for its ¡VIVA MEDA! 43rd Anniversary Celebration slated for October 12, Executive Director Sam Ruiz of Mission Neighborhood Centers (MNC) immediately came to mind. MNC’s numbers for 2015-2016 are quite impressive, with 54 infants and toddlers receiving Early Head Start and 387 preschool children […]

¿Está por Vencer su Número de ITIN de Acuerdo a las Nuevas Reglas del IRS?

(Note: Story follows in English.)  Muchas personas en la Comunidad Promesa de la Mission han escuchado que hay unos cambios del Servicio de Impuestos Internos (IRS) acerca de los Números de Identificación de Contribuyente Individual para Extranjeros (ITINs). Estos cambios ocurren porque el Acta para Proteger los Americanos de los de Aumentos de los Impuestos, […]

Mission Promise Neighborhood Scholarship Profile: Karen Guzman

Leaving their home was a difficult decision for the family of then 12-year-old Karen Guzman, but it needed to happen. This life-changing choice compelled Karen, her sister and their mother to live in a shelter for two months. Karen quickly became an adult. The teenager pushed forward, maintaining her optimism despite the daily challenges she […]

Election 2016: Vote “Yes” on Prop N, the Immigrant Parent Right to Vote

Photo credit: Noris Chavarría, MEDA Imagine having no say in your child’s education. Well, that’s the unfortunate case for the one-third of San Francisco parents who are non-citizens. San Francisco has long been a city of immigrants. While they come from different places, the desire for a better life for one’s children is a common […]

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