2014–2015 Grants Awarded

Andele Tutors, $3000, 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.

Asombro Institute for Science Education, $3000, Las Cruces. To promote science and leadership skills, fifth grade students acquire skills to present hands-on science activities for younger students at their schools.

Boys & Girls Club of Bloomfield, $4000, Bloomfield. Afterschool program provides Kidz Lit Reading, that increases motivation to read and builds literacy, and programs on healthy eating, internet safety and community service activities.

Boys and Girls Club of Roswell, $4000, Roswell. Project Learn engages young people in learning, en-courages them to succeed in school and helps them become lifelong learners.

Canones Early Childhood Center, $3000, Canones. Project Literacy Outreach brings early childhood ed-ucation, child development and early/emergent literacy services to the underserved population of rural, isolated, minority families in northern New Mexico.

Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico, $3000, Central New Mexico. 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, $3000, Santa Fe & Albuquerque Area. Trains facilitators for classroom presentations on mental ill-ness, to recognize its symptoms, get appropriate treatment, understand the importance of early diagnosis and treatment and pro-mote compassion and remove stigma.

Down Syndrome Foundation of SE NM, $2500, Roswell & Southeastern New Mexico. Summer day camps to strengthen children’s physical skills as well as provide therapy opportunities including speech. Goal is to help support families of individuals with Down Syn-drome of all ages.

Eagles’ Wings Youth Ranch, $2000, Mountainair. Summer camp and mentoring program focused on prevention and early interven-tion centered around relationships to help youth succeed.

El Rito Library, $2000, El Rito. Promotes literacy for 3-5 year old toddlers who come to the library twice a week for different activities that include math, science and story time. Pre-literacy is a key ele-ment of helping children enter school ready to learn to read.

Embudo Valley Library, $2000, Rio Arriba and Embudo Valley. Fizz, Boom, Read! Summer Reading Pro-gram combines free reading initiatives with activities that foster a love of learning. Events include presentations, field trips and hands-on activities.

Equine Spirit Sanctuary,$1000, Taos area. Horses helping kids combines therapeutic riding and equine-assisted learning to help spe-cial needs kids gain life skills.

First Born of Northern New Mexico, $3000. San Miguel, Mora & Guadalupe Counties. Provides sup-port for first time parents and their child from pregnancy up to 3 years old with weekly visitations to promote well-rounded children with developmental assess-ments and referrals when necessary.

First Tee of Santa Fe, $2000, Santa Fe. Through golf, youth are taught life skills to help them thrive socially, academically and athleti-cally with measureable results.

FEEDING Santa Fe, $2000, Santa Fe. Provides supplemental food on a weekly basis, year-round to hungry families with children.

Galloping Grace Youth Ranch, $2500. Rio Rancho. The ranch functions as a working, sustainable farm ranch where children are em-powered to lead, teach, work and play alongside others.

Gila Valley Library, $2000, Gila Valley in Northwestern Grant County. Promotes children’s literacy through library programs developed by one paid staffer and community volunteers.

Gerard’s House, $4000, 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.

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

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 Imagina-tion Library.

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 in which children learn native language of Keres and learn through culturally appropriate activities reflective of traditional practices to build a strong foundation for lifelong learning.

Kirtland Youth Association, $2,500. Kirtland & San Juan County. Afterschool program serves chidren in a safe educational environment in which to grow and develop educationally and emotionally.

Los Alamos Arts Council, $500, Los Alamos. Through theatre program, offers children the opportuni-ty for self-exploration, development of social and communication skills, self-discipline, strong work ethic and understanding of team concept.

Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project, $1000, Velarde. Creating a curriculum and materials on Mesa Prie-ta Petroglyphs to foster cultural identity and promote STEM, science, technology, engineering and math.

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 educa-tion 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

Oso Vista Ranch Project, $2000. Ramah Navajo and Zuni Reservations. Summer day camps for youth that include photog-raphy and personal leadership activities facilitated through rock climbing and challenge course activities.

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.

Southwest Youth Services, $2000, Albuquerque and Central NM Pueblos. Programming under Native Youth Wellness Corps promotes healthy and empowered youth through soccer clinics, soccer play and the Annual Indigenous Soccer Cup Tourna-ment.

Story of Place, $1000, Santa Fe Following citizen and community education, students conduct research in order to formulate and implement a project to benefit the community. Students learn youth civic leadership and job training skills.

Spirit of Hidalgo, $3,000, Hidalgo County. The Youth Leadership Team supports expansion and availabil-ity of donated food and fresh foods for children. Participants work to create a plentiful food supply and to build distribution projects.

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

Truchas Service Center, $5,000, Truchas. Provides a four day a week preschool for children 2 to 5 and 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.

Valencia County Literacy Council, $3000. Los Lunas. Family Literacy Pre-school provides child-centered instruction to de-velop literacy in children ages birth to 5 years with parents reading daily to their children and staff providing a lending li-brary and numerous educational activities.

Villa Therese Catholic Clinic, $2500, Santa Fe. The Clinic, staffed by volunteers and paid staff, provides integrated chil-dren’s medical and dental services for the uninsured.

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.

Wings for L.I.F.E., $4000, Roswell surrounding areas. Wings for L.I.F.E. (Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education) provides educational, behavioral and social skills to families (especially those with loved ones incarcerated) and to adults and juveniles in detentions.

Young Fathers of Santa Fe, $2000, Santa Fe. Provides young fathers with support in choosing healthy lifestyles for them-selves and their families and assists young fathers in sustaining stable and nurtur-ing relationships that promote their chil-dren’s well-being.

Zona del Sol, SF Youth & Family Center, $3,000, Santa Fe. Provides low cost facilities in which youth and family serving agencies can provide collaborative programs in southwest Santa Fe which has thehighest percentage of low income fami-lies.