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2017 Grant Recipients

The total amount of grants awarded in 2017 was $196,943

The following are our 2017 grantees who received awards of up to $2,500. In some cases, promising programs were supported by larger or multi-year awards (by invitation only). Grants were awarded in three cycles.

3rd Quarter Grant Recipients

24 grants totaling $82,645

Education Grants

  1. Embudo Valley Tutoring Association: intensive reading training for educators and tutors in Dixon using Wilson and Sounds in Syllables materials and methods to support students in overcoming language learning disabilities
  2. James H. Rodriquez Elementary School: equipment to improve student drop-off/pick-up and student/parent safety
  3. Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project: bilingual STEM curriculum for students in grade 4–7, field trip opportunities to a petroglyph site and teacher professional development workshop and classroom training
  4. Mesa Vista Middle/High School, What’s in Your Backyard?: student-produced digital storyboarding utilizing sounds and visuals to highlight the history, people and landmarks of their unique community
  5. Moving Arts Española: operational support to sustain and expand K–12 educational intervention arts programs in the Española Valley and surrounding communities
  6. Moving Arts Española, The Reimagining Youth Leadership Pilot Project: three-week student research-based workshop to build critical knowledge and leadership skills and to inform a creative work on immigration policy and its effects in Rio Arriba County
  7. Partners in Education for Santa Fe Public Schools, Field Trips to Legislature: transportation for 2,630 students in grades 8 and 12 to visit a State legislative session and attain greater understanding of government process
  8. S.O.M.O.S., Young Writers Program: opportunities for youth to express themselves in written and spoken word to increase community awareness of issues such as bullying, alienation, depression, and feelings of hopelessness
  9. Santa Fe Alliance for Science, Family Science Events: students and families engage in science education activities and connect with community resources that support STEM learning outside the classroom
  10. Turquoise Trail Charter School: inquiry science kits, curriculum and literacy program for academic improvement

Community Grants

  1. Barranca Elementary School, Academic Success for Active Investigators: Special Education Preschool program guiding students to think scientifically and mathematically and to solve problems using STEM materials
  2. Community Against Violence, Violence Prevention Education: multi-session Voz curriculum offered in six Taos County early childhood classrooms during the 2017–2018 school year
  3. Compassionate Touch Network, Breaking the Silence/NM–Mental Illness, Suicide, Anti-Stigma Education: 20 classroom presentations in Northern New Mexico high schools and one adult forum about teen mental health
  4. Department of Cultural Affairs, Teacher Professional Development Seminar: educator participants are introduced to approach thinking, planning, and teaching from a new perspective utilizing the da Vinci technique
  5. Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, Inc., Camp CEO: two-day learning experience for underserved teenage girls empowering them to achieve their career goals
  6. Homewise, Financial Literacy: bilingual education to help families increase financial stability
  7. Literacy Volunteers of Santa Fe, Workplace Tutoring Groups: tutor training and English reading, writing and speaking support for 80 employees across 15 workplace settings
  8. Partners in Education, Mother Tongue Project: two-generational approach prepares teen parents for college and career success, and involved, literacy-rich parenting improves families’ educational attainment and economic prospects
  9. Searchlight New Mexico News: multi-year investigative reporting on child well-being in New Mexico
  10. Silver Bullet Productions, Defending the Fire: multiple screenings of a film that encourages a respectful glimpse into the journey of Native American veterans by linking history to current tribal culture
  11. STEM Santa Fe, Expanding Your Horizons: dynamic conference to encourage girls in grades 5–8 to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  12. Talpa Community Center Association, Inc.: Saturday access to library for students and working community of Ranchos de Taos  
  13. Think New Mexico: supporting research into funding allocations in public school system for the state of New Mexico
  14. Youth Shelters and Family Services, Boots, Bolos and Boogie Ball: funding for emergency shelter, transitional living and street outreach programs supporting homeless youth in Santa Fe and surrounding counties

2nd Quarter Grant Recipients

26 grants totaling $61,298

Education Outreach Grantees

  1. Animal Protection of New Mexico, The Animal Connection: implementation of school-based humane education curriculum in five public schools in Santa Fe and Sandoval Counties
  2. ARTsmart, ARTreach: weekly, 24-week comprehensive art education class for 24 weeks taught by highly qualified teachers to all 225 students of Dixon and Abiquiu Elementary schools
  3. Bernalillo Public Schools, STEM Sisters: support opportunities for students to experience and participate in STEM activities such as field trips, STEM competitions, and math festivals
  4. Bridges Project for Education, College Connections: program to guide Taos High School students in grades 8–11 aligning actions in school with post-secondary and life goals
  5. Dual Language Education of New Mexico, Student Leadership Institute 2017: all-day event at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque on November 3 for youth grades 8–12 provides students the opportunity to attend student-lead workshops as a means of reflection, growth, and support toward successful, youth-driven school and community projects
  6. Embudo Valley Library and Community Center, Maker Program: students in grades 4–8 create projects using computational tools, a 3-D printer, Lego robots, and Makey Makey kits under the supervision of a STEM mentor and library staff over 28 sessions, with a community event to present the projects
  7. Española Valley Fiber Arts Center: trainer-led six-week, after-school program for secondary youth in local fiber arts heritage and culture; skill-development in spinning, dyeing, weaving, and embroidery; and development of an installation piece displayed at a show in Santa Fe
  8. Girls Incorporated of Santa Fe, summer camp STEM programming: 120 girls receive 45 hours of programming that incorporates developmentally appropriate, research-based STEM curricula
  9. Hispanic Culture Foundation, Dream Builders: program provides the accessibility of science, technology, engineering, and math by emphasizing these disciplines through traditional Hispanic arts and customs
  10. May Center for Learning: community-based tutors partner with schools to identify students performing below grade level and provide them with two, 90-minute small-group tutoring sessions per week during the academic year
  11. National Dance Institute of New Mexico: at-risk elementary and middle school children in the Española Valley area participate in in-school and after-school educational enrichment for 26–30 weeks with learning and adoption of key academic skills and improvement in fitness through NDI-NM’s methodology using dance and music
  12. New Mexico Indian Affairs Department and Sundance Educational Consulting, Inc., Community Builders Youth Conference II: teams of students, adults, and elders from tribal communities attend the three-day event offering learning opportunities in STEAM and other topics such as architecture, robotics, rocketry, geodesics, native arts and music, and cultural awareness, with a mentor-led project management session for students to plan local conferences
  13. New Mexico Wildlife Center: NMWC’s wildlife education programs have the unique objective of allowing K-12 students to make a connection with wildlife by meeting a living wild animal.
  14. Pajarito Environmental Education Center: Northern New Mexico students participate in an ongoing scientific study of migratory birds at Bandelier National Monument allowing them to observe and practice scientific problem-solving skills using the bird banding data
  15. Santa Fe Botanical Garden: 12 members of the Santa Fe Community Educators Network work with a summer recreation camp in Santa Fe to provide enrichment curricula to students
  16. UNM STEM-H Center for Outreach, Research & Education, Southwest Region Junior Science and Humanities Symposia: event includes an oral/written competition where high school students present results of research before judging panels; participate in a forum honoring achievement in STEM; qualify for scholarships/recognition; and explore careers and develop skills in the application of science technology, engineering, math, and health

Community Outreach Grantees

  1. Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum: three programs for 60 child/caregivers in early childhood experiential science in collaboration with local libraries
  2. Family Learning Center, STEM for Preschoolers: teachers provide a weekly science experiment for 36 weeks sent home for each child and parents to repeat, building science skills and vocabulary
  3. Gerard’s House: age-appropriate, peer grief group support sessions throughout the school year in Santa Fe Public Schools
  4. IMPACT Personal Safety, Project PREPARE: school day or after-school classes for youth that address aspects of violence prevention including boundary-setting, anti-bias, anti-bullying, de-escalation, and verbal or physical self-defense skills in collaboration with public schools and Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council
  5. Interfaith LEAP, Sangre de Cristo House: program to raise residents’ GED scores by increasing access to computers, classroom materials, and curriculum, with the goal of improving comprehension, test-taking skills, and computer proficiency
  6. MAKE Santa Fe: 12-week (four 3.5 hour sessions) pilot program in partnership with YouthWorks! offers instruction and lab time with experts at Make Santa Fe, focusing on additive and  subtractive manufacturing, computer numerical control basics, electronics, and certification in digital fabrication, making, and manufacturing
  7. Many Mothers: baby boxes, safe sleep instruction, educational materials, and supportive in-home visitation services for families in Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, and Santa Fe counties, with community behavioral and mental health service referrals
  8. Rio Arriba County Fair Association: supports 4-H and Future Farmers of America agricultural livestock projects where youth raise animals and learn anatomy in preparation for showing and competing at the county fair and Expo NM
  9. Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Learning Lab: program based on community service, personal accountability, specialized academics, teamwork, and life-skills development provides a customized and culturally appropriate alternative education to high school and middle school students at risk of expulsion from Taos Municipal Schools
  10. Santa Fe Community College Foundation: support for the transfer of the First Born® home visiting program model and curriculum to Santa Fe Community College

1st Quarter Grant Recipients

21 grants totaling $53,000

Education Outreach Grantees

  1. CESDP (Center for Education and Study of Diverse Populations), Career Cruising Toward Graduation in Northern New Mexico High Schools: Northeastern Engaging Latino Communities for Education’s (NE ENLACE) purchase of interactive software for four high schools in Española, Pojoaque, and Santa Fe, plus funding for two college field trips to engage students in informed career planning
  2. Española Valley Public Schools, Girls in STEM: support for the program and transportation to the Bradbury Museum where Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists will demonstrate science experiments with the goal of sparking girls’ interest in STEM
  3. El Rito Public Library, Maker Space Support for Youth STEM Inspiration: support for supplies, software, and a 3D scanner for Maker Space weekly sessions in design, 3D printing, and robotics for students in grades 4–12 in the Mesa Vista Consolidated School District
  4. The Forest Stewards Guild, Forest Stewards Youth Conservation Corps: summer employment, job training and career opportunities for 35 young people from rural NM, implementing conservation efforts on public lands and supporting Forest Steward Guild and US Forest Service staff members
  5. Hands-On Heritage, Exploring New Mexico’s Environments and Cultures: books and field trips for 160 students in grades 4–8 from two Santa Fe schools during Hands-On Heritage’s summer program
  6. Monte del Sol Charter School, Listo for Teachers: professional development funding for 10+ Northern NM teachers to attend educational Spanish immersion in Oaxaca, Mexico, which includes TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.) training and certification, building teachers’ cross-cultural competency and instructional efficacy with bilingual students
  7. New Mexico Magazine, New Mexico Magazine Subscriptions for Students Program: free monthly copies of New Mexico Magazine during the 2017–2018 school year for students and teachers to develop awareness of New Mexico’s geography, history, diversity and artistic richness
  8. New Mexico Network for Women in Science and Engineering (NMSWSE), Expanding Your Horizons 2017, STEM Conference: hands-on workshops in STEM where girls in grades 5–8 learn from female scientists in a fun, supportive environment, motivating them to consider pursuing STEM-based careers
  9. Pojoaque Intermediate School, Pathway to Proficiency with Chromebooks: funding for the purchase of 12 personal computers for students in grades 4–5 to engage them with lessons utilizing research, collaboration, and interaction with technology, and to foster confidence and proficiency
  10. Santa Fe Public Schools Native American Student Services (NASS), Art of Academics Through Native Connections: funding for a month-long summer enrichment camp for more than 90 Native American students in grades 1–7, with instruction in English language arts, math, science, and history, plus recreational and exploratory field trips supporting cultural identity
  11. Santa Fe Watershed Association, My Water, My Watershed: funding for a three-day program for 25 Santa Fe Public School students in grades 5–6, introducing them to ecosystems, their watershed, and how to reduce fire risk
  12. Twirl, A Play and Discovery Space, Inc., 2017 Invent Event: Twirl’s Free Community STEM Faire: sponsorship of a community technology fair offering 1,000 students and families from Taos 30 hands-on exhibits to explore, including 3D printing, robotics, solar, and electronics technology, plus delivery of STEAM programming to eight elementary schools serving 780 students

Community Outreach Grantees

  1. Cañones Early Childhood Center, Project Literacy Outreach!: program implementation of age-appropriate, math, and computer literacy experiences for preschool children living in isolated, impoverished, and underserved communities of Northern NM
  2. Habitat for Humanity, Engaging Limited English Speakers as Habitat 2017 Build Volunteers: support for the purchase of Spanish-English instructional materials for 20+ limited-English adults to prepare them as volunteers for the 2017 build of a single-family home in Española
  3. Northern New Mexico College Foundation, Promote College-Going in the Española Valley: sponsorship for the annual community dinner and gala event honoring 95 Northern students and numerous donors and raising funds in support of student scholarships and NNMC faculty, especially in education
  4. Presbyterian Healthcare Services Española Hospital, First Born Dr. Seuss Book Club: support for the purchase of children’s books and activity supplies for 40 families, bringing literacy awareness via a monthly book club where attending families receive a new copy of the book read that month
  5. Prosperity Works, Prosperity Kids—Mora County: implementation and seeding of savings accounts for 160 Mora County Head Start children and financial capability training for parents; accounts become available for higher education costs or transition to adulthood
  6. Quality New Mexico, Learning Summit: funding of registration fees and networking dinner for six NM school superintendents to attend a two-day “best practices” learning event for leaders in business, education, government, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations
  7. Sandoval County CASA, Inc. (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Child Advocate Training for CASA Volunteers: an additional four quarterly 24-hour training session for eight new volunteers who will serve the growing number of abused and neglected children in Sandoval County by giving them a voice in court
  8. Santa Fe Baby Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation, Fiesta Para Bebés: sponsorship of a free, day-long health and wellness event in Santa Fe with art, music, and story activities for more than 500 families with young children to learn about available early childhood support
  9. United Way of Santa Fe County, Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Spanish: purchase of age-appropriate books in Spanish for 250 families with children under age five, who are enrolled in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program in Santa Fe

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