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2013–14 Awarded Grants

New Mexico Children’s Foundation
Grantees for 2013-2014  New Mexico

Andele Tutors, $3,000, Southern  Dona  Ana County
Summer program that trains and  uses  college students to serve as mentors and tutors  in order to raise skills in reading and math for 200 children during an eight week summer  program.

Assistance League of Chaves County, $3,000, Roswell
Operation School Bell provides new school clothes and supplies for children in need from grades K through 8 and provides age- appropriate books for these children.

Bikeworks, $3,000, Silver City
The Earn-a-Bike Program allows youth the opportunity to obtain a bike in exchange for volunteering at the facility where participants learn how to maintain and repair their bicycles as well as how to safely and efficiently ride bicycles through bicycle-related activities.

Boys & Girls Club of Bloomfield, $4,000, Bloomfield
Afterschool program provides KidzLit Reading that increases motivation to read and builds literary skill, AND additional programs on healthy eating, internet safety and community service activities.

Boys & Girls Club of Roswell, $4,000, Roswell
Project Learn engages young people in learning, encourages them to succeed in school and helps them become lifelong learners.

Camp Corazones, $4,000.  Santa Fe and Statewide
Provides a summer camp at no cost to children age 5 to 12 years  with or impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Children’s Grief Center of NM, $3,000.  Torrance, Sandoval, Valencia & Bernalillo Counties
Provides free support groups for children, teens, young adults and their care givers that are grieving the death of a loved one.

Compassionate Touch Network, $2,000
Trains facilitators for classroom presentations on mental illness.  Students are taught to recognize its symptoms, to get appropriate treatment, to understand the importance of early diagnosis and treatment and to promote compassion and remove stigma.

Down Syndrome Foundation of SE NM, $2,500.  Southeast New Mexico
Summer day camps for Down children strengthens their physical skills as well as provides therapy opportunities including speech.  Goal is to help support families of individuals with Down syndrome of all ages.

First Born of Northern NM, $3,000.  San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe Counties
Provides support for first time parents and their child from pregnancy up to 3 years old with weekly visitations the first year to encourage well-rounded childhood with developmental assessments and referrals when necessary.

First Judicial District CASA, $3,000.  Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) provide qualified, well-trained and committed volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children and to mentor youth aged 14-18 on probation in juvenile justice system.

Fourth Judicial District CASA, $3,000. Mora, San Miguel and Guadalupe
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) trains community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the foster care system.

Future Foundations Family Center, $2,000. Grants
Weekly cooking classes in afterschool program to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity by increased awareness  of dietary habits and overall wellness.

Gerard’s House, $4,000.  Santa Fe
Provides emotional and psychological support for children who are experiencing a life crisis because of the death of a loved one .  The long-term goal is to help end self-destructive behaviors because of unresolved grief and loss.

Imagination Library of Grant County, $3,000.  Silver City and Grant County
Delivers books every month to children’s homes promoting language and reading and establishing the basis for future learning success.  Affiliated with Dolly Parton’s  Imagination  Library.

Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe, $3,000.  Santa Fe
Provides homeless families with the support they need to become stable and sustainable through a two-year plan for independent living.

Junior Service League of Hobbs, $2,000.  Hobbs
Project Superstar provides shoes to students in elementary, junior high and high school boosting self esteem of needy, at risk students.

Keres Children’s Learning Center, $2,000. Cochiti Pueblo
Preschool  conducted in the native language of Keres where children learn through culturally appropriate activities reflective of traditional practices to build a strong foundation for lifelong learning.

Kirtland Youth Association, $3,000. Kirtland and San Juan County
Afterschool program serves children with a safe education environment in which to grow and develop educationally and emotionally.

Los Alamos Arts Council, $1,000, Los Alamos
Through theatre program, offers children the opportunity for self-exploration, development of social and communication skills, self discipline, strong work ethic and understanding of team concept.

Many Mothers, $3,000. Santa Fe County
Provides free, in-home care and support to any Santa Fe family with a newborn to improve the health and development of our youngest residents.

Mesilla Valley CASA, $2,500.Dona Ana County
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) trains community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the foster care system.

NM Suicide Intervention Project, $4,000. Santa Fe and Rio Arriba Counties
Provides school- based suicide prevention education and skills training to school communities through crisis teams which provide an organized response in the event of a youth suicide.

Northern Youth Project, $4,000.  Rural Communities around Abiquiu
Program combines art, agriculture, community service and leadership to create a well-rounded  and youth-centered organization that includes a productive,  large garden.

Ojo Sarco Community Center, $2,000, Ojo Sarco
Support for the Blue Spring Book Club which promotes reading with book-related art activities for children at the Community Center.

Pensarte, $2,000, Columbus
A literacy program that utilizes art as a means to improve student’s  skills in speaking, reading, writing,  and critical thinking through structured classroom sessions.  CUT using art to stimulate learning.

REEL Fathers, $2,000.  Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos Counties
Fathers in Focus Campfire Program provides at risk youth a clearer understanding of how their relationship with their father and related family issues have influenced their behavior, decisions and life aspirations to help them make CUT certain positive choices for their lives.

Samaritan House, $2,000,San Miguel County
Provides emergency shelter, food, clothing, and support services for families and their children that have become homeless and assists in process to find permanent and secure housing.

SF Youth & Family Center, Zona del Sol, $3,000, Santa Fe
This facility is shared by several youth and family serving agencies and provides summer and year-round programs in southwest side of Santa Fe which has highest percentage of low income families.

Self Help, Inc., $4,000, Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, Taos and northern Santa Fe Counties
Assists students in need with items such as pencils, calculators, notebooks and other essential items needed to succeed in classroom.

Spirit of Hidalgo, $3,000, Hidalgo County
The Youth Leadership Team support the expansion of the availability of donated food and fresh foods for children while providing opportunities for participants for achievement and creation of successful food supply and distribution projects.

Talpa Community Center, $1,000,  Village of Talpa and Taos County
Children engage in ceramics, sewing, quilting and reading activities during this summer program.

Tarnoff Art Center, $2,500, Pecos, Rowe and San Miguel County
Summer camp where students participate in a range of activities with art, meditation, yoga and other skill-building activities.

Truchas Service Center, $5,000, Truchas
Provides a four day a week preschool for children 2 to 5 which is the only program in this area.  Children 6 to 12 can attend the summer sciences and art program with science lessons and experiments in the morning and art activities in the afternoon.

Wings of America, $2,000, Zuni and McKinley County
Running and fitness camps to promote healthy lifestyle choices among American Indian youth ages 6 to 18 years at Zuni Pueblo.  Promotes positive self-images and self-betterment.

Youth Heartline, $3,000, Taos County
Family Empowerment Program provides group therapy and aftercare advocacy on behalf of children and families dealing with issues of child abuse and trauma.  The goal is break the cycle of abuse through free group support and therapy.