2018-2019 Grants Funded

1. Asombro Institute For Science Education, $3000, Las Cruces. Promotes hands-on science activities that develop science literacy and critical thinking skills. Curriculum incorporates science into language arts and math standards.

2. Bookkids, $1000, Santa Fe. Promotes literacy and the love of reading by providing books for Santa Fe public school children to own and enjoy. Schools are selected based on student need.

3. Bridges Project for Education, $2000, Taos. Provides counseling and support for students to pursue postsecondary education.

4. Camp Corazones, $2500, Statewide. Provides a summer camp at no cost to children 5 to 12 years with or impacted by HIV/AIDS.

5. Canones Early Childhood Center, $6000, Canones. Project Literacy Outreach brings early childhood education, child development and early/emergent literary services to an underserved population of rural, isolated, minority families in Nothern New Mexico.

6. Career Guidance Institute (Albuquerque Reads), $3000, Albuquerque. ABQ Reads is a program that provides one-to-one tutoring sessions for students with volunteers using a curriculum that reinforces classroom teaching.

7. CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, First Judicial District, $5000, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos Counties. Provides advocacy for abused children in juvenile proceedings and trains volunteers to serve as advocates for children in foster care.

8. Children’s Reading Alliance, $3000, Dona Ana County. The First Teacher Program is a bilingual parent education program that promotes literacy & reading skills among preschoolers.

9. Compassionate Touch Network, $2000, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho & Santa Fe. Trains facilitators for classroom presentations on mental illness. Goals are to recognize its symptoms, to get appropriate treatment, to understand the importance of early diagnosis and treatment and to promote compassion and remove stigma.

10. Down Syndrome Foundation of Southeastern New Mexico, $3500, Roswell. Health and Wellness Program developed to help provide self-advocates (individuals with Down Syndrome) and their families ways to support a healthy lifestyle. Participants receive services to improve their mental and physical well-being.

11. Embudo Valley Tutoring Association, $3000, North Central New Mexico. Provides students with dyslexia with free multi-sensory language therapy programs as well as free services for learning disability support, conventional tutoring, small group learning and training for tutors.

12. Equine Spirit Sanctuary, $2000, Taos Area. Horses Helping Kids combines therapeutic riding and equine- assisted learning to help kids with special needs gain life skills.

13. Feeding Santa Fe Inc. , $3000, Santa Fe. Addresses hunger for families and children through the weekly distribution of food bags.

14. Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, $2000, Curry & Roosevelt Counties. Operates a traditional backpack program to feed children over the weekend and a new program, Feeding Families, that gives a box of food to feed the entire family.

15. Gila Valley Library, $3000, Gila Valley in Northwestern Grant County. Promotes children’s literacy through library programs for youth from 2 years to 12th grade in a large rural area.

16. Imagination library of Grant County, $3500, Silver City and Grant County. Registers children to receive books every month from birth to age five to enhance early childhood literacy.

17. Kirtland Youth Association, $4000, Kirtland and San Juan County. All-day summer recreation, literacy and mathematic skill development programs with breakfast and lunch provided.

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

19. Many Mothers, $3000, Santa Fe. 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.

20. Ojo Sarco Community Center, $3000, Ojo Sarco Community Center, Books, activities and music programs for children to promote literacy plus a summer lunch program.

21. Pueblo De Abiquiú Library and Cultural Center, $4000, Abiquiú. A summer reading program strives to keep children engaged in a variety of activities centered around reading including presentations and research. Teen interns work with younger children and program continues through the year.

22. Self Help, Inc., $2500, Rio Arriba, Taos, Los Alamos & Northern New Mexico. Provides assistance to families with children in need due to lack of shelter, clothing, food & life-saving medical care.

23. STEM Santa Fe, $1000, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. Host a one-day conference for girls 5th to 8th grade to encourage young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

24. Tarnoff Art Center, $1000, Pecos & Rowe. Eight week, summer arts program with arts education in studio for industrial metal arts.

25. Truchas Services Center, $4000, Truchas. Provides a summer of learning for children from 6 to 12 years that includes a science related lesson and art activity daily.

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

27. Villa Therese Catholic Clinic, $4000, Santa Fe. The Clinic, staffed by volunteers and paid staff, provides integrated children’s medical and dental services for the uninsured.

28. Wings For L.I.F.E., $3500, Roswell & surrounding areas. Provides an afterschool program that promotes positive behaviors to reduce risk-taking behaviors and serves as a prevention program to prevent young children and youth from becoming involved in the juvenile justice system.

29. Wings for L.I.F.E. International, Albuquerque. $3500, Albuquerque. Educational program changes lives of children of prisoners, at-risk youth, and prisoners returning home by strengthening the family unit through group mentoring, parenting classes and tutoring for children.

2017-2018 Grants Funded
Fifty worthy organizations applied for grants this year. Given that this is our 25th Anniversary, the Board of Directors voted to increase our funding of grants. Even so, the Grants Committee had a difficult time selecting the programs to receive a grant, eventually settling on thirty-nine organizations. These non-profits are all community-based with budgets less than $300,000—many have budgets that are far less. The total awarded is $73,500. Kathy Schulz chaired the Grants Committee, which includes eight other members of our Board. These Trustees read and reviewed every application. Criteria for applying for a grant is available on our website: www.nmchildren.org.

Listing of grants selected:

Andele Tutors, $2000, Southern Dona Ana County. Summer program for skills in reading and math for 200 children & parent engagement strategies including use of public libraries.

Bike Works, $2000. Silver City. The Earn-a-Bike Program allows youth to obtain a bike in exchange for volunteering at the facility where participants learn how to maintain and repair their bicycles and how to safely ride bicycles.

Blackout Theatre, $2000. Bernalillo County. During the school year, students work together to write and perform an original play enhancing student literacy.

Boys & Girls Club of Bloomfield, $3000, Bloomfield. Afterschool program provides reading activities, the Power Hour to help students become self-directed learners, and programs on healthy eating, internet safety and community service activities.

Camp Corazones, $3000, New Mexico. Provides a free summer camp for children age 5 to 12 years who have or are impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Cancer Services of New Mexico, $2000, New Mexico. Provides education and support to children of New Mexico’s cancer patients with Family Cancer Resource Bag to help newly diagnosed parents explain their cancer diagnosis to children.

Career Guidance Institute, Albuquerque Reads, $1000. Albuquerque. ABQ Reads is a program that provides one-to-one tutoring sessions for students with volunteers using a curriculum that reinforces classroom teaching.

CASA Fourth Judicial District, $2000, San Miguel, Mora & Guadalupe Counties, Provides advocacy for abused or neglected children in juvenile proceedings and trains volunteers to serve as advocates for children in foster care.

Children’s Reading Alliance, $2000, Dona Ana County. The First Teacher Program is a bilingual parent education program that promotes literacy & reading skills among preschoolers.

Common Bond NM Foundation, $2000, Albuquerque. Supports LGBT youth in a safe environment with diverse activities, guest speakers, and facilitated discussions. Connects youth with needed services, food and clothing.

Earth Circle Foundation/ Wings of America, $2000, Cochiti, Flight Club is an after school running and walking club for elementary and middle school students with healthy snacks and physical activity. It offers students insight into the proud heritage of distance runners from Indian country.

Embudo Valley Library/Community Center, $2000, Embudo Valley, Rio Arriba County. Summer reading program engages youth to establish and meet reading goals and includes field trips, presentations and hands-on activities.

Family Promise of Albuquerque, $2000, Albuquerque. Provides safe shelter and basic needs for homeless families with support for finding employment and permanent housing.

Feeding Santa Fe, Inc., $2000. Santa Fe. Addresses hunger for families with children through the weekly distribution of food bags.

First Born of Northern New Mexico, $1000. San Miguel & Mora Counties. Home visitations include free books and coaching on the importance of early childhood education.

First Tee of Southeastern New Mexico, $1,500. Chaves, Eddy, Lea & Lincoln Counties. Provide summer golf camps and events that encourage children to adopt healthy and active lifestyles.

Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico, Curry & Roosevelt Counties, $2000. Operates a traditional backpack program to feed children over the weekend and a new program, Feeding Families, that gives a box of food to feed the entire family.

Healthy Futures, Inc., $2000, Cuba and Torreon. This eight week summer program for reading, math, and science enrichment also engages parents to be academic champions for their children.

High Mountain Youth Project, $3000, Ruidoso. This collaborative project will provide an after school/evening drop-in center to keep homeless students safe and in school.

Horizons Albuquerque, $2000, Albuquerque. Six week summer school program coupled with year round enhancements for students and families aimed at educational success.

Imagination Library of Grant County, Inc., $2000, Silver City & Grant County. Registers children to receive books every month from birth to age five to enhance early childhood literacy.

Junior Service League of Hobbs, $2000, Hobbs. Super Star Shoe project provides needy youth with shoes and socks.

Kirtland Youth Association, $2,500. Kirtland and San Juan County. All-day summer recreation and literacy programs at two locations with breakfast and lunch provided.

Literacy Link—Leamos, $1500. Silver City. Promotes literacy by distributing donated books from publishers to needy children.

Los Alamos Arts Council, $600, 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.

New Mexico Alliance for Children, $2,400, Ruidoso. Provides literary services to academically challenged elementary school students and creative literacy workshops for family members.

NM Center for Therapeutic Riding, $2000. Santa Fe County. Therapeutic horseback riding for children with disabilities and internships for youth.

NM Kids Matter, $2000, Bernalillo County. Project to improve lives of Native American children in foster care through trained advocates who ensure that these children are receiving essential services.

Northern Youth Project, $3000. Abiquiu Area. Program provides art activities, community service, leadership development, and agriculture including a large productive garden.

Ojo Sarco Community Center, $2000, Ojo Sarco-Taos County. Books, activities and music programs for children to promote literacy plus a summer lunch program.

Pandemonium Productions, $1000, Santa Fe. Provides educational musical theater experience to diverse young people and audience members of all ages, teaching students the craft of theatre.

Santa Fe Performing Arts, $1000, Santa Fe. Provides year-round performing arts education and performance opportunities for at-risk and underserved children.

SEED: Source for Educational Empowerment & Community Development, $1000, Santa Fe. Inspire Santa Fe invites young people to identify an interest and matches them with a community expert. The pair meet at least 2 hours a week through the school year and showcase their work at an end-of-year public festival.

Self Help, Inc. , $1500, Rio Arriba, Taos, Los Alamos and Northern Santa Fe. Provides assistance to families with children in need due to lack of shelter, clothing, food and life-saving medical care.

Silver Bullet Productions, $2000, Rural and Tribal New Mexico. This award-winning program provides film workshops that teach students from tribal communities to develop a thesis and write, direct and produce films on topics selected by local communities.

Summer Youth Corporation, $2000, Gallup. Operates a free summer day camp for children living on and around the Navajo Nation. Campers increase self-esteem, leadership skills, problem solving ability, and learn conflict mediation strategies.

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

Transformational Learning and Coaching Inc., $1000. Santa Fe. Storytellers and Writers is a dual language program aimed at helping struggling elementary and middle school students through the use of stories that develop speaking and writing skills.

Wings for LIFE, Albuquerque, $2000, Albuquerque. Educational program changes lives of children of prisoners, at-risk youth, and prisoners returning home by strengthening the family unit through group mentoring, parenting classes and tutoring for children.

2016-2017 Grants Funded

Forty-six organizations applied for grants this year. The Grants Committee had difficulty choosing among all these worthy programs and nonprofits. Twenty-seven have been awarded grants. All these nonprofits are community-based with budgets less than $300,000—most have budgets that are far less. Criteria for applying for a grant are available here.

The total awarded is $50,000. Unfortunately, a major source of funding we hoped to receive has not yet come to fruition. We remain hopeful and committed to raising funds to help community-based organizations that are making a difference in the lives of New Mexico’s children.

Here is a list of our grantees:

Asombro Institute for Science Education, $2000. Las Cruces. Promotes hands-on science activities that develop science literacy and critical thinking skills. Curriculum incorporates science into language arts and math standards.

Assistance League of Chaves County, $3000, Roswell and Chaves County. Operation School Bell provides new school clothes and supplies for children in need from grades K-8th and provides age-appropriate books for these children.

Camp Corazones, $3000, New Mexico. Provides a summer camp at no cost to children age 5 to 12 years with or impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Cancer Services of New Mexico, $2000, New Mexico. Provides education and support to the children of New Mexico’s cancer patients with Family Cancer Resource Bag to help newly diagnosed parents explain their cancer diagnosis to children and Family Cancer Retreat.

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

Common Bond NM Foundation, $1000, Albuquerque. Supports LGBT youth with a safe environment to meet with diverse activities, guest speakers, and facilitated discussions.

CASA First Judicial District, $1000, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba & Los Alamos Counties. Provides advocacy for abused children in juvenile proceedings and trains volunteers to serve as advocates for children in foster care.

CASA Fourth Judicial District, $2000, San Miguel, Mora & Guadalupe Counties. Provides advocacy for abused children in juvenile proceedings and trains volunteers to serve as advocates for children in foster care.

El Rito Library, $2000. El Rito. Promotes literacy for 2-5 year-old toddlers who come to the library twice a week for different activities that include math, science and story time. The grants also assists in creating a space for pre-teens and teenagers.

Embudo Valley Library/Community Center, $2000, Embudo Valley, Rio Arriba County. Summer reading programs engage youth to establish and meet summer reading goals while events are scheduled throughout summer including field trips, presentations and hands-on activities.

Equine Spirit Sanctuary, $1000, Taos area. Horses Helping Kids combines therapeutic riding and equine-assisted learning to help kids with special needs gain life skills.

Family Promise of Albuquerque, $1000, Albuquerque. Provides safe shelter and basic needs for homeless families with support for finding employment and permanent housing.

Gila Valley Library, $2000, Gila Valley in Northwestern Grant County. Promotes children’s literacy through library programs for youth from 2 years to 12th grade in a large rural area.

Healthy Futures, Inc., $2000, Anthony, Berino, Chaparral, Sunland Park, Southern Dona Ana County. Summer reading program to encourage literacy, raise skills in reading and encourage and motivate parents to become champions for their children’s educational goals.

JudyGails Place, $1000, Los Alamos and New Mexico. Helps families transitioning out of domestic violence by providing services for support and stability for the children.

Keres Children’s Learning Center, $1000, Cochiti. Preschool students experience a culturally and linguistically rich learning environment offered in the Keres language.

Literacy Link—Leamos, $1000. Silver City. Promotes literacy by distributing donated books from publishers to needy children with a totally volunteer operation.

Many Mothers, $2500, 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.

Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project, $1000, Velarde. Summer Youth Intern Program provides archaeological training and stewardship for local youth at this historical site.

Moving Arts Espanola, $1000, Espanola. Offers affordable quality education in the Fine Arts and Culture with 30 weeks of programming after-school and during the summer.

Ojo Sarco Community Center, $2000, Ojo Sarco-Taos County. Books, activities and music programs for children to promote literacy and summer lunch program.

Self Help, Inc., $1000, Rio Arriba, Taos, Los Alamos and northern Santa Fe, Provides assistance to families with children in need due to lack of shelter, clothing, food & life-saving medical care.

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

Villa Therese Catholic Clinic, $2000, Santa Fe. The Clinic, staffed by volunteers and paid staff, provides integrated children’s medical and dental services for the uninsured.

Wings for LIFE, Albuquerque, $2000, Albuquerque. Educational program changes lives of children of prisoners, at-risk youth, prisoners returning home by strengthening the family unit through group mentoring, parenting classes and tutoring for children.

Wings for LIFE Roswell, $3000. Roswell and surrounding areas. Wings for L.I.F.E. (Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education) provides an afterschool program that promotes positive behaviors to reduce risk-taking behaviors and serves as a prevention program to prevent young children and youth from becoming involved in the juvenile justice system.

Young Fathers of Santa Fe, $2500, Santa Fe. Provides young fathers with support in choosing healthy lifestyles for themselves and their families and assists young fathers in sustaining stable and nurturing relationships that promote their children’s well-being.

2015-2016 Grants Funded

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. Promotes hands-on science activities that develop science literacy and critical thinking skills. Curriculum incorporates science into language arts and math standards.

Aspire After Care Learning Program, $2500, Santa Fe. Provides structured, nurturing environment with homework help and tutoring as well as enrichment activities.

Assistance League of Chaves County, $3000, Roswell and Chaves County. Operation School Bell provides new school clothes and supplies for children in need from grades K-8th and provides age-appropriate books for these children.

Bernal Community Center, $1500, Bernal and San Miguel County. Youth Recreation Program in remote area with lending library, computer lab, recreational sports and exposure to cultural traditions.

Bike Works, $2000. Silver City. The Earn-a-Bike Program allows youth to obtain a bike in exchange for volunteering at the facility where participants learn how to maintain and repair their bicycles and how to safely and efficiently ride bicycles through bicycle-related activities.

Boys and Girls Club of Bloomfield, $3000, Bloomfield. Afterschool program provides Kidz Lit Reading, that increases motivation to read and builds literary skill, and programs on healthy eating, internet safety and community service activities.

Boys and Girls Club of Sierra Blanca, $2500, Ruidoso. Power Hour program gives academic support for youth in their out-of-school time to drive academic success.

Camp Corazones, $4000, New Mexico. Provides a summer camp at no cost to children age 5 to 12 years with or impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Cancer Services of NM, $3000, New Mexico. Provides education and support to the children of New Mexico’s cancer patients with Family Cancer Resource Bag to help newly diagnosed parents explain their cancer diagnosis to children and Family Cancer Retreat

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

Children of Promise, $1500, Des Moines, Capulin and Folsom. Operates a food pantry, summer and afterschool activities as well as clothing and household supplies for families in need.

Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico, $3000, Central New Mexico. Provides free support groups for children, teens, young adults and their caregivers that are grieving the death of a loved one.

Compassionate Touch Network, $3000, Santa Fe & Albuquerque Area. Trains facilitators for classroom presentations on mental illness. Goals are to recognize its symptoms, to get appropriate treatment, to understand the importance of early diagnosis and treatment and to promote compassion and remove stigma.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) First Judicial, $2000, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba & Los Alamos Counties. Provides advocacy for abused children in juvenile proceedings and trains volunteers to serve as advocates for children in foster care.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Fourth Judicial, $2000, San Miguel, Mora & Guadalupe Counties, Provides advocacy for abused children in juvenile proceedings and trains volunteers to serve as advocates for children in foster care.

Down Syndrome Foundation of SE NM, $3000, 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 syndrome of all ages.

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

El Rito Library, $2000, El Rito. Promotes literacy for 2-5 year-old toddlers who come to the library twice a week for different activities that include math, science and story time. The grant also assists in creating a space for pre-teens and teenagers.

Equine Spirit Sanctuary, $1500, Taos area. Horses Helping Kids combines therapeutic riding and equine-assisted learning to help kids with special needs gain life skills.

Family Promise of Albuquerque, $1000, Albuquerque. Provides safe shelter and basic needs for homeless families with support for finding employment and permanent housing.

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

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.

Gila Valley Library, $3000, Gila Valley in Northwestern Grant County. Promotes children’s literacy through library programs for youth from 2 years to 12th grade in a large rural area.

Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe, $2,000. Santa Fe. Provide homeless families with the support they need to become stable and sustainable through a two year plan for independent living.

Kirtland Youth Association, $2,500. Kirtland and San Juan County. All-day summer recreation and literacy programs at two locations with breakfast and lunch provided.

Los Alamos Arts Council, $600, 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, $2500, 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.

Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project, $1500, Velarde. Summer Youth Intern Program provides archaeological training and stewardship for local youth at this historical site.

NM Center for Therapeutic Riding, $1000. Santa Fe County. Therapeutic horseback riding classes for children with disabilities and internships for youth.

NM Kids Matter, $1000, Bernalillo County. Ensures that children in foster care are receiving essential educational services.

NM Suicide Intervention Project, $4,000. Santa Fe and Rio Arriba Counties. Comprehensive youth suicide prevention through risk assessments, counseling, peer-based help and awareness.

Northern Youth Project, $4500. 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, $2000. Ojo Sarco-Taos County. Books, activities and music programs for children to promote literacy and summer lunch program.

Pueblo de Abiquiu Library and Cultural Center, $1000, Abiquiu-Rio Arriba County. Summer reading program for children, Heroes and Heroines.

Reins for Life, $1500. Dexter. Therapeutic horse riding as well as speech and behavioral therapies for children of all abilities including children with visual impairment, special needs and autism.

Silver Bullet Productions, $2000, Rural and Tribal New Mexico. This award-winning program provides film workshops that teach students to develop a thesis and write, direct and produce films on topics selected by local communities over a two-year period.

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 Tournament.

Story of Place, $2000, 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.

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

Tarnoff Art Center, $2,000, Pecos, Rowe and San Miguel County. Summer arts program where students participate in a range of activities with art, meditation, yoga and skill building activities.

Truchas Service Center, $2,500, Truchas. Provides a four-day-a-week preschool for children 3 to 5 and is the only program in this area to prepare children to succeed in kindergarten.

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

Villa Therese Catholic Clinic, $2000, Santa Fe. The Clinic, staffed by volunteers and paid staff, provides integrated children’s medical and dental services for the uninsured.

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

Wings for L.I.F.E., $4500, Roswell surrounding areas. Wings for L.I.F.E. (Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education) provides an afterschool program that promotes positive behaviors to reduce risk-taking behaviors and serves as a prevention program to prevent young children and youth from becoming involved in the juvenile justice system.

Young Fathers of Santa Fe, $2400, Santa Fe. Provides young fathers with support in choosing healthy lifestyles for themselves and their families and assists young fathers in sustaining stable and nurturing relationships that promote their children’s well-being.

2014-2015 Grants Funded

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. After School 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, encourages them to succeed in school and helps them become lifelong learners.

Canones Early Childhood Center, $3000, Canones. Project Literacy Outreach brings early childhood education, 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 caregivers that are grieving the death of a loved one.

Compassionate Touch Network, $3000, Santa Fe & Albuquerque Area. Trains facilitators for classroom presentations on mental illness, to recognize its symptoms, get appropriate treatment, understand the importance of early diagnosis and treatment and promote 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 Syndrome of all ages.

Eagles’ Wings Youth Ranch, $2000, Mountainair. Summer camp and mentoring program focused on prevention and early intervention 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 element of helping children enter school ready to learn to read.

Embudo Valley Library, $2000, Rio Arriba and Embudo Valley. Fizz, Boom, Read! Summer Reading Program 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 special needs kids gain life skills.

First Born of Northern New Mexico, $3000. San Miguel, Mora & Guadalupe Counties. Provides support for first time parents and their child from pregnancy up to 3 years old with weekly visitations to promote well-rounded children with developmental assessments 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 athletically with measurable 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 empowered 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 become 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 Imagination 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. After school program serves children 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 opportunity 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 Prieta 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 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

Oso Vista Ranch Project, $2000. Ramah Navajo and Zuni Reservations. Summer day camps for youth that include photography 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 Tournament.

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 availability 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 Preschool provides child-centered instruction to develop literacy in children ages birth to 5 years with parents reading daily to their children and staff providing a lending library and numerous educational activities.

Villa Therese Catholic Clinic, $2500, Santa Fe. The Clinic, staffed by volunteers and paid staff, provides integrated children’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 themselves and their families and assists young fathers in sustaining stable and nurturing relationships that promote their children’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 the highest percentage of low income families.

2012 Grants Funded

Amistad Family Services, Las Cruces, $3000. Aids families through Circle of Security program recognizing that healthy early attachments lead to lifelong success by providing parents & caregivers the tools and confidence needed to effectively engage, guide and nurture children.

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

Assistance League of Chaves County, Roswell, $3000. Operation School Bell provides new school clothes and uniforms required by individual schools and supplies for children in need.

The Bike Works, Silver City, $2000. 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 and how to safely and efficiently ride bicycles through bicycle-related activities.

The Roswell Boys and Girls Club, Roswell, $3000. Provides a high-quality summer enrichment program to promote continued learning & development as well as supervised daycare for school-age children.

The Boys and Girls Club Del Norte, Chimayo and Abiquiu. $2000. This afterschool program provides a safe and enriching place for the children of working parents. Children have opportunities for self-expression and nurturing from caring adult role models.

Camp Corazones, Santa Fe and Statewide, $4000. Provides a summer camp at no cost to children age 5 to 12 years and their families with or impacted by HIV/AIDS. This grant was given in honor of Jeanne Pearce.

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

Community Partnership for Children, Silver City, $2000. This unique training series equips caregivers with the skills and knowledge to support the emotional health of infants and toddlers in their care. This grant was given in honor of Jeanne Pearce.

CASA, First Judicial District, Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties. $3000. Court Appointed Special Advocates provide qualified, well-trained and committed volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children and to mentor youth aged 14-18 on probation in the juvenile justice system.

CASA, Fourth Judicial District, Mora, San Miguel and Guadalupe – $3000. Court Appointed Special Advocates train community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the foster care system.

Imagination Library of Grant County, Silver City and Grant County, $3000. 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.

IMPACT Personal Safety, Santa Fe & Albuquerque, $3000. Empowers children and young people by teaching them to prevent and defend themselves against verbal, physical and sexual violence.

Many Mothers, Santa Fe County, $2000. Skilled volunteers share their expertise to help a family with their practical, educational and emotional concerns providing vital support when a new baby joins a family.

Ojo Sarco Community Center, Ojo Sarco, $2000. Support for the Blue Spring Book Club which promotes reading with book-related art activities for children at the Community Center.

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