Sydney Iverson, at right, assists another REACH backpacker with blister management.

A REACH Student’s Blue Lakes Expedition Journal

By Sydney Iverson As I skim through my journal to review my notes for this article, I am confronted with mosquitos and bits of sage that are pressed into its pages. The sage is there Read more

Recent Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara Recipients. Photo by Brad Elliott.

Reaching the Unexpected Student (or The Student No One Saw Coming)

The announced departure of Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara (SFSB) Executive Director Colette Hadley, with whom we have worked closely since our foundation’s launch in 2000, caused us to reflect on the way we – Read more

Professional Development: The Future of School Food

  By Claud Mann 2013 marked the completion of The Orfalea Foundation’s five-year cycle of Culinary Boot Camps designed to improve food service workers’ ability to integrate healthful, cooked-from-scratch meals into Santa Barbara County schools. Read more

A REACH Student’s Poem about Ascending Mt. Whitney

Summit Day by Ariana Leon It’s 2 am, wake up call. I no longer feel warmth, but fear. As I’m packing my pack, I know the day is here. I look up and see the Read more

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Schools to Focus on Health and Wellness of Students, Staff, and Families as Basic Conditions of Learning

Workplace wellness is gaining traction in the US, and many school districts now recognize that the benefits accrue to school communities as well. In recent years, Santa Barbara County schools have made great strides toward becoming Read more

Free Summer Meals in Santa Barbara County for Kids and Teens

  Below is a letter The Orfalea Foundation received from Laura Burton Capps, who along with No Kid Hungry spokesman Jeff Bridges, has been a vocal proponent of summer feeding in Santa Barbara County. We Read more

Students represent stages in the food system during a Chef in the Garden lesson.

Kids Find a Chef in their Garden, Learn to Pickle Beets – And Love It!

by Dean Zatkowsky In April, Orfalea Foundation Chef Instructor Janet Stevenson and Explore Ecology Environmental Educator Maggie Iba offered a Chef In The Garden program at Aliso Elementary School in Carpinteria, California. Children learned about food systems Read more

David Whyte at the Orfalea Foundation Downtown Center, May 14, 2014.

David Whyte Leads Us to the Frontier

Poet and leadership consultant David Whyte visited Santa Barbara this week for a UCSB Arts & Lectures engagement. Before his evening appearance, Whyte addressed a group of local non-profit, foundation, and other social sector leaders Read more

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What do Teens Really Know about Careers They Are Considering?

At 11:45 AM, the Orfalea Downtown Center doors opened and the 2012 Cohort walked in with posters, presentation notecards, and a lot of nervous excitement. Ask most high school students what they want to do Read more

SBUSD Food Services Director Nancy Weiss with one of her department's three mobile cafes.

Nancy Weiss Faces School Food Challenges Head On

Here is a link to a lovely article in the Santa Barbara Independent about Santa Barbara Unified School District’s Nancy Weiss, and her work to modernize school food by getting back to basics: feeding kids Read more

About WholeChildAction

Whole Child Action is a collection of best practices, resources, and role models collected by the Orfalea Foundation through our work in early childhood education, school food reform, and youth development. READ MORE

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