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Shilayia Antonio, 16, looks at her phone with her friend, Shanaeya Thomas, left, in the media area of Cuba High School. Antonio, a student who in the 2020-21 school year was experiencing housing instability, was among 53 students who participated in the pilot program giving conditional money for basic needs. (Eddie Moore/ Albuquerque Journal)
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Update on One of Our Biggest Grants Yet

October 30, 2022 – In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the LANL Foundation made a strategic decision to release more grant funding to support the students of Northern New Mexico. As part of this effort, we partnered with New Mexico Appleseed, a non-profit policy advocacy organization committed to ending poverty in our state, on an innovative pilot program that paid inadequately housed high school students to attend school, tutoring and social emotional support sessions, and complete their homework. A recent report released by New Mexico Appleseed revealed numerous positive outcomes from this program, including high retention rates, high graduation rates, and high GPAs for its participants. 

This program recently made the front page of the Sunday edition of the Albuquerque Journal.

Read: A Balm for Poverty

Shilayia Antonio, 16, looks at her phone with her friend, Shanaeya Thomas, left, in the media area of Cuba High School. Antonio, a student who in the 2020-21 school year was experiencing housing instability, was among 53 students who participated in the pilot program giving conditional money for basic needs. (Eddie Moore/ Albuquerque Journal)
Shilayia Antonio, 16, looks at her phone with her friend, Shanaeya Thomas, left, in the media area of Cuba High School. Antonio, a student who in the 2020-21 school year was experiencing housing instability, was among 53 students who participated in the pilot program giving conditional money for basic needs. (Eddie Moore/ Albuquerque Journal)