Mission

To connect churches and other community partners with elementary schools, and equip them to serve through their active presence in every neighborhood.

Vision

To see our city holistically engaged, so our schools are supported, children excel, families are healthy and whole, and our communities thrive.

Partnership Map

This map displays our current ENP Partnerships. If you click on the door slider icon on the top left of the map you can turn on and off various layers such as:

  • School Ratings
  • Concentrated Poverty Levels
  • Council Districts
  • City Limits
  • Parks
  • School Police Chaplain Sites

Our History

September of 2002, a group of city leaders connected a few churches with elementary schools in central Fresno. The primary purpose was to provide an outlet where the students at these schools could interact with positive role models during the weekend. It also provided an opportunity for volunteers from these churches to build relationships with the students.

As volunteers spent more time in these communities they became aware of two specific issues. First, the test scores of the students were consistently in the bottom end of all the elementary schools in Fresno Unified. Second, the percentage of the families living at or below the poverty line was higher than most communities in the city.

What started out as a small sports program evolved into a ministry that addressed these issues, including literacy, mentoring and community outreach events. Volunteers from the church became more connected to the neighborhood while discovering many opportunities to be involved in the lives of the community. Other churches began asking about these partnerships and how they might do something similar.

Every Neighborhood Partnership (ENP) was formed in January 2008 with a desire to see ministries like these replicated throughout the city.

Our Staff

Artie Padilla Executive Director

Artie was born and raised in Fresno, and attended college in LA before returning to Fresno. He is passionate about serving the Church and seeing Christians grow in their faith by finding their calling as a follower of Jesus. He loves to learn about our amazing city and the residents that call it home. He enjoys to exercise and travel.

Andrew Feil Associate Director

Andrew is a father of two boys and is married to Denise Feil. They love Fresno and live in the Tower District. Andrew has a heart to help Christians take the next steps in their faith, especially in the area of joining God's mission. With whatever free time he has, Andrew loves to be active, garden, read and support the best team in baseball: the Dodgers.

Carol Young On Campus

Carol grew up in Tigard, Oregon, and took the longest route possible to Fresno via Switzerland, Africa, and Indonesia. She has a passion for early learning and helping kids realize their God-given gifts so that they can be great leaders in their community! She loves to spend time with her 3 children and 8 grandchildren, and enjoys gardening, doing crafts, and raising chickens.

Becca Gottselig Administrator

Becca is a Fresno native who loves her city and is excited to pursue the growth God is orchestrating there. She is happiest when sharing a home-cooked meal and good conversation with people, and believes food is a great vehicle for building relationships. She is married to Robby, her high school and current sweetheart, and enjoys being a pet-parent to her two large, lovable dogs.

Board Members

Alma Martinez

Community Relations Specialist at Community Medical Centers

Sara Bosse

Manager, Office of Policy, Planning & Communication at Fresno County Department of Public Health

Brad Bell

Directional Leader, The Well Community Church

Eric Hanson

MD, Sierra Pacific Orthopedic Center

Bill Smittcamp

President and CEO, Wawona Frozen Foods

Darrin Person

Mentoring Coordinator, Fresno Unified School District

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