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Black History Month is an important opportunity to teach our students about the contributions and experiences of Black individuals throughout history. Teaching about Black History Month can help children develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the diversity of American culture and the experiences of Black people. This month, our students read “Mae Among the Stars,” written by Roda Ahmed. Inspired by the true story of Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to venture into space, the book teaches young readers to dream big and not to let others tell them it’s not possible.
This month, we are saying goodbye to our Director of Development, Elizabeth Hahn. We are so grateful for her contributions and we’ve enjoyed having her at IVYP as she has led our development department since 2019. She will be taking the new position of Director of Advancement for the Santa Barbara Zoo.
“I believe very deeply in the mission of IVYP so I know I’m going to miss the work. Who we have become as an organization means so much to me as a member of our community and as a mother, and I will certainly miss that even though I know the work will continue.”
IVYP is incredibly proud of our very own Family Resource Center Program Manager, Ana Maya who has been honored as a Local Hero by the Santa Barbara Independent. Ana works tirelessly to best serve the families of the FRC. Whether it be lifting heavy pallets of fruit and vegetables during food distribution, supporting families in crisis, teaching parenting workshops, or leading her team of family advocates, Ana goes above and beyond every single day. Congratulations Ana on this well deserved recognition of your hard and important work!