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A Note from the Mentoring Program Staff

Hello readers! Victor, mentoring program manager checking in, we are on the verge of beginning our semester and the expansion we have been planning for two new schools is within our sights. With the end of the 2014-2015 school year semester we made great progress in establishing a functional classroom dynamic, recruiting college mentors, and funding the Math 24 competition for the San Ysidro School District.  I am proud to report that San Ysidro one first place at every grade level!

This coming year we envision bringing a full robotics program and nutrition/gardening program to our schools and recruiting three times the number of mentors we currently have.   We have added Georgina Anaya, a fresh graduate from San Diego State to our team to help in our expansion and the maintenance of our after-school program.  She brings a wave of new ideas, energy and passion with her that will make be an invaluable asset to our organization.  I feel a strong sense of hope for the future of SYEVF and for the children of San Ysidro.   If you want to join us in this amazing experience, please contact me at


A Note from Sarah, mentoring program director:

Please join us for Summer LEGO Robotics opportunities at The Outlets at The Border.  The San Ysidro Education Vanguard Foundation is proud to be partnering with The Outlets at The Border to bring two different robotics learning programs to San Ysidro during the month of July.

Let’s Build Robots with LEGO Mindstorms EV3

We are offering FREE Lego Robotics every Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm to 3 pm in the Connect Lounge at The Outlets at The Border. Come down and build a robot and then program it to walk and talk!  Children, ages 9 and older can build from set directions or try to improvise their own creation. Programming is done either on a laptop or a smart phone. We’ve had 40 children and adults learn and play with the world of LEGO Robots so far.



Explore Arduino

On September 12th, we will have a short Arduino session from 4pm-7pm.

Arduino is a maker platform that introduces students to the mechanics of circuitry as well as beginning programming. These sessions will be for ages 9 and older. Students will learn how to build and make lights flash, as well as make our robot play music. More advanced students can try their own projects or work through a workbook with modules on motors, temperature sensors, and relays.

Our aim is to expose students and adults to the possibility of robots and to create interest in creating after school robotics clubs. If you are interested in an after school club please contact Sarah to discuss the possibilities at

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