Wealth, Place and Power: How MEDA’s Promise Neighborhood Fought the Housing Crisis, Moved Families Out of Poverty and Built Community Power so All Mission Kids Could Succeed

Co-authored by:by Director, Mission Promise Neighborhood Richard RayaMEDA CEO Luis Granados (NOTE: Read eight-page report on which this blog is based here.) Asset building is in MEDA’s organizational DNA — and we’re proud that it’s part of our origin story, which began 46 years ago. But our future is in collective impact with partners.  To […]

Summer 2019 Updates from MPN

by Director Richard Raya These are exciting — and busy — times for the Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN), so I wanted to make sure you are updated on recent events and what’s ahead. Thanks for being part of MPN! By the Numbers: MPN is All About Relationships MPN has Family Success Coaches (FSCs) embedded at […]

The Business Case for Promise Neighborhoods

by Director, Mission Promise Neighborhood Richard Raya It’s no secret that the San Francisco Bay Area’s economic engine is revving more than ever. According to a San Jose Mercury News article, If the nine-county region were a nation — no, it’s actually not, although many here think so! — the Bay Area’s $748 billion Gross […]

Mission Promise Neighborhood’s Alyssa P. Doubles Down, Finds Affordable Housing in the Mission for Herself and Twin Girls

San Francisco native Alyssa P. proudly tells of the fact that she grew up in the Mission, ZIP code 94110 — the third generation of her family to do so. Some relatives were fishermen at the Wharf way back when, all coming home to the Mission each night. Unfortunately, as a young adult, Alyssa found […]

San Francisco School Board Commissioner Gabriela López Joins MPN Advisory Board

It was a historic day last January when 27-year-old educator Gabriela López was sworn in as the youngest-ever San Francisco Unified School District School Board member. As she took her oath — in perfect Spanish, no less — it was clear that López epitomizes the future leadership uniquely positioned to move San Francisco forward. It […]

Promise Neighborhoods: A Decade of Delivering the Promise So ALL of Our Kids Can Achieve

byDirector, Mission Promise Neighborhood Richard Raya,  What is a Promise Neighborhood? Well, it’s a term best understood by breaking it down. It’s a PROMISE to our kids that they will have equity of opportunity in education and career. It’s a NEIGHBORHOOD comprising community-based organizations collaboratively providing wraparound services so our families are strengthened and students […]

Spring 2019 Updates from MPN

by Richard Raya, Director, Mission Promise Neighborhood These are exciting — and busy — times for the Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN), so I wanted to make sure you are updated on recent events and what’s ahead. Thanks for being part of MPN! State Legislation for Promise Neighborhoods We are excited to announce new state legislation […]

Fernanda: An MPN Client Success Story

Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN) works daily to provide wraparound services to strengthen families. Fernanda’s story showcases this success. Her mother renewed her Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), filing her taxes. The family was connected to low-cost internet. She obtained an internship as a medical administrative assistant at an MPN partner organization. The story starts with […]

¡Sí, Se Puede! Working Collectively to Increase Latino Family Leadership through Abriendo Puertas in the Mission District of San Francisco

Co-authored by: Associate Director Liz Cortez, Mission Promise Neighborhood Early Learning Program Manager Ada Alvarado Freund, Mission Promise Neighborhood Abriendo Puertas Professional Learning Community includes the following partners: Felton Institute Good Samaritan Family Resource Center Homeless Prenatal Program Mission Neighborhood Centers San Francisco Unified School District – Early Education Department Support for Families Introduction Abriendo Puertas/Opening […]

2019: The Mission and Beyond, for All California Kids

2018 could have been our final year. Our grant from the Department of Education had sunsetted and Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN) was operating on carryover funds. We didn’t know if we would be here in 2019. We were among 12 Promise Neighborhoods across the country that were eligible for only three available extension grants. Well, […]


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