March Featured Teacher
We’re excited to announce that April Bacafcra is our Featured Teacher of the Month!
A San Francisco native, born in April and named after the month when she arrived in 1987! We are excited and very lucky to be celebrating her five-year anniversary with FACES SF.
Some fun facts about Ms. April! As a child, she loved to be outdoors, cycling, rollerblading and camping with her family. Her childhood nickname was April O'Neil after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and her color of choice is green because of its calming effect. A favorite memory of hers was a family camping trip to Yosemite. She remembers they had to be careful to lock up their food before turning in for the night so bears would not visit their campsite. Well, one night someone did forgot and in the morning there was a bear print! Lions... Tigers... and Bears... Oh My! Ms. April remembers being excited about the thought of a bear wandering around their campsite.
Ms. April has enjoyed working with children since she was a babysitter in high school. She majored in Psychology in college, but remembered how much she enjoyed looking after children, and took a number of child development courses. It was through these courses she decided that she wanted to become a teacher! She loves teaching infants and toddlers because it's such a crucial age for development. Ms. April also says that her students brightens her day, everyday - no matter what is going on, seeing the world through their eyes, makes everything better. Ms. April believes in establishing a creative space for our children, one that allows them to thrive, reach their full potential, build a healthy sense of self and have positive and trusting relationships. When she's not in the classroom, she writes music and sings in a band, performing at weddings, restaurants, and showcases. Go Ms. April! Thank you for all you do and making a difference in the lives of our children!
February Featured Teacher
We’re excited to announce that Ms. Miesha Bell is our first ever Featured Teacher! We’ll be posting two feature teacher bios every month to highlight our wonderful teachers!
Ms. Miesha is a San Francisco native and has been at FACES SF for four years. A few fun facts about Ms. Miesha are: her favorite color is navy blue, she loves to buy shoes and her favorite TV shows are house fix up shows and cooking shows! Outside the classroom she also enjoys traveling and cooking for her family. A great childhood memory of Ms. Miesha’s is when she first went to the Great American Music Hall.
Ms. Miesha was drawn to teaching as a chance to change lives. In her role as a teacher she strives to be a positive role model for her students and to make a difference in their lives. Ms. Miesha loves to impart knowledge to her students, watching them learn, and she loves learning herself! She enjoys learning about the different families and cultural backgrounds that are in our world.
Ms. Miesha hopes her students will learn how to love themselves and how to be open minded and learn from other cultural backgrounds.
Thank you Ms. Meisha for bringing such positivity to FACES SF!
Outward Bound Volunteering Visit!
FACES SF recently teamed up with the Outward Bound Youth Leadership Corps for a weekend of volunteering! The Outward Bound Youth Leadership Corps are dedicated to serving the Bay Area community Bay - corps members are rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school who want to develop their leadership skills, all while giving back to the communities they call home. A group of 15 students and their instructors recently teamed up with FACES SF to fix up our facilities at our Bayview site, alongside a local family who assisted our teachers in cleaning up classrooms. All the volunteers did a fantastic job, leaving with a strong sense of gratitude and appreciation. Thank you for your help and support!
October 2016 Updates
FACES SF Annual Event
FACES SF held its second annual event on October 13th and it was a resounding success! The event was a cocktail party with a speakeasy theme held in Chicken John’s Warehouse, a local Mission venue. Our guests were served craft beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres, and were treated to a talk from visual artist Alex Regenstreich. Alex discussed his photography project with students from our Bayview site, and how it was carefully designed to empower kids to look at themselves and their lives differently. The students’ work was also exhibited at the event and they treated the guests with speeches about their experiences with the project. Guests were able to participate in a silent auction, a signature raffle, and a roulette wheel with croupier! The welcoming environment and lively conversation created a strong sense of community throughout the evening. It was wonderful to see so many come out and support FACES SF! We can’t wait for next year!
Our Masonic site teachers received an October ‘treat’ with the completion of a newly renovated bathroom! As pictured, Jason, Site Supervisor, and JJ, Administrative Assistant, cut the ribbon to welcome the teachers to their new facilities. It’s always great to see the teachers receive new improved equipment and facilities and this is no different! As always, thanks for all the hard work you do!
SF State Volunteering
Once a year, SFSU students from the Department of Child and Adolescent Development visit our Bayview Child Development Center and undertake a volunteering project. On October 22nd, students painted bathrooms, improved the landscape and repainted the parking lot. It was a great day and all the projects were completed with high standards. It’s always wonderful when local groups become involved with FACES SF and build the FACES SF community – a big thanks from all of us at FACES SF!
Fun at the Fall Festival
Our three childcare sites in the Haight Ashbury, Bayview Hunters Point and Western Division neighborhoods had festive fun this October 31st by dressing up in costume to celebrate fall. Parents from the Bayview and Western Division sites got involved and attended in costume, while our Masonic site kids went into the administrative building and did some trick or treating! What a great way to kick off the fall season!
Success at VVNAP
It’s been a great quarter for our site in Visitacion Valley! They exceeded their job placement goal by 381.82% - placing 42 jobs compared to the goal of 11. The hiring events were also a success. Of the 95 attendees at the three Grocery Outlet hiring events, 45 were invited to the new-hire orientations held here at VVNAP—that’s a 47.37% success rate! Of the four hiring events Goodwill and VVNAP collaborated together on this past Summer, including the Building Justice in Visitacion Valley event at the River of Life Church, 64 of 85 candidates received job-offers—that is a 75.29% success rate! Fantastic work!
FACES SF Annual Event!
It's time for our annual annual fundraising event for FACES SF!
On October 13th at 6:30 pm, come join us for a cocktail party with a Speakeasy theme, held at Chicken John's Warehouse, an unique San Francisco venue located in the heart of the city. FACES SF will be serving cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, craft beer, and wine while our guests are treated to a special showing of some of our student’s most cherished art and photography, a silent auction, and a signature raffle.
Visual artist Alex Regenstreich will be a guest speaker. Alex, who recently spoke at TEDx Napa Valley about his project 'iSeeFaces' works with students at our Bayview site building a curriculum to empower kids to look at themselves and their lives differently.
Join us for an evening of fun and fundraising in support for FACES SF!
Bayview Welcome Back Event
A letter from Lawland Long, our Executive Director:
Earlier this month our Bayview site held a Welcome Back event and I am happy to announce that it was a hugely enjoyable success! During the day we opened the playground, shared a picnic, watched a great dance performance, and bonded as a community. It was an awe-inspiring day for everyone - teachers, staff, students, and parents.
As Executive Director, it was my honor to cut the ribbon to open the new playground outdoor learning center. This playground provides a new learning enivronment for our Bayview students, including playhouses, a bike path and an outdoor terrace for the children to explore and play. I’m looking forward to many more days and celebrations like this. We have a great community in Bayview and it was humbling to see the turnout of parents and children.
A special thank you to Mr. Ken, those who helped cook the hamburgers and hot dogs, and everyone who helped out and continuously shows support for Bayview and FACES SF! It was my pleasure being there.
My most sincere congratulations to our talented and bright graduates from the Bayview and Masonic sites! I had the honor to speak in front of our graduates and parents this year and I was amazed at the programs that our esteemed teachers developed just for the day.
I observed the children’s cheerfulness and glee as they performed and I gazed over the parents, siblings, friends and grandparents, cousins who were cheering and sincerely joyous to see their child walk across the stage. My heart was so warmed and touched to see our finest future step up to graduate from FACES SF.
Our teachers over this year, collectively and individually, have offered so much compassion, talent, and sheer zest for creativity that was I overwhelmed by their continued commitment to the early childhood field. I am blessed to have such a wonderful education team.
Finally, these are the wonderful moments we celebrate, knowing that our children have a strong and deep foundation and knowing that they are loved and cared for in the highest esteem.
Thank you for another great year!
SFSU Students Volunteer at our Bayview Childcare Site!
Just this past Saturday I had the opportunity to work alongside 25 volunteers from SFSU who assisted in the maintenance of our Bayview Outdoor Learning Center playground. These students, led by Nadine Agosta, Lecturer and Internship Coordinator, toiled for about 4 hours, weeding overgrown areas, filling three dumpsters of head high weeds, and manicured the area so that the 200 or so children who attend the school can now navigate their way through 10,000 square feet of open outdoor space that was previously not available.
While on the surface this may not seem like a landmark achievement, what is not immediately seen is the most valuable outcome. From this volunteering opportunity our site was able to introduce and orientate these enthusiastic and nascent young adults to a community school setting. This opportunity allowed these budding teachers to see first hand what FACES SF offers as a school and a nonprofit. This opportunity will also serve as an ongoing resource and a laboratory for their discovery of their own life purpose and career.
This ongoing partnership with SFSU is of great value - it gives the FACES SF the immediate and direct result of a hands’ on project as well as introducing to us vested students that could become teachers, administrators, community volunteers, or interested citizens.
I was delighted and very pleased to see the 1) completion of the project 2) the enriched partnership with the school and students 3) the curiosity and expressed interests of students! Go FACES SF!
With sincere gratitude,
Lawland Long, Executive Director
"Faces of the Future"
On Thursday October 15, 2015, we hosted our Annual Celebration "Faces of the Future" at the Museum of Craft and Design. We were joined by former board members, current funders, our Bayview center dance group, and many avid supports.
Another thank you and congratulations to our awardees of the night: