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The Torrance County Rural Committee provides the UWCNM Board with information about the changing needs, developments, prospects and issues in Torrance. Members of the committee may also support new or existing workplace campaigns. They might host informational or fundraising events to increase the number of community members involved with UWCNM.

For more information about the Torrance County Rural Committee, please email jennifer.mastripolito@uwcnm.org.

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The following Torrance County programs are currently being supported by UWCNM's Community Fund.

Community Fund Partners


Grant Amount: $6,400
Grant Term: 2018 - 2019
Program Website: Basic Literacy

(Funded under Financial Stability)

The Read "Write" Adult Literacy Program offers free individualized tutoring for adults in Basic Literacy, English as a Second Language, US Citizenship,  and Computer Literacy to individuals in Torrance County and the surrounding communities. We have provided services for individuals from 13 different countries.

Read Write provides one-on-one tutoring in Basic Literacy (6th grade and below), Pre-GED (7th & 8th grade levels), English as a Second Language, and US Citizenship. We are the only literacy program in Torrance County and all our services are free.

Education | Bernalillo County, Sandoval County, Torrance County, Valencia County
Grant Amount: $189,500
Grant Term: 2016 - 2019

Central New Mexico is home to more than 8,000 youth ages 17-24 who are disconnected from education and the workforce, a circumstance that has enormous impact on their lives and our community. The vast majority of these kids have histories of homelessness, foster care involvement, poverty, parental abuse and neglect. Contending with substantial adversity and little support, these kids are at high risk for criminality, substance abuse, and suicide. Back on Track will connect these youth to the workforce and provide the extensive support needed to keep them on track to graduation, college, and career. By improving the outcomes of these vulnerable kids, this project will help improve our entire community.

Education | Bernalillo County, Sandoval County, Torrance County, Valencia County
Grant Amount: $180,955
Grant Term: 2016 - 2019

More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. Through this project, CNM will offer dual-credit summer boot camps focused on reading, math, and college-readiness skills to students in low-income, Title 1 high schools, to better prepare them to meet high school graduation requirements and be successful in college.

Education | Bernalillo County, Sandoval County, Torrance County, Valencia County
Grant Amount: $50,000
Grant Term: 2016 - 2019

As many as 1 in 45 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder, and incident rates are on the rise.  Explora and the New Mexico Autism Society are teaming up to provide STEM-rich learning experiences to prevent summer learning loss and minimize the achievement gap that results from unequal access to summer learning for autistic children for whom learning loss can be extreme. This project will also serve as a case study through which UWCNM and agency partners learn how engagement organizations such as museums and parks can work with agencies that support special populations to design programs to benefit children and families.

Health | Bernalillo County, Sandoval County, Torrance County, Valencia County
Grant Amount: $149,650
Grant Term: 2016 - 2019

Transgender and gender non-conforming youth demonstrate significantly higher rates of depression and suicide than their peers, so this project aims to improve their behavioral health and well-being by offering services to the youth and their families, along with training and consultation to youth serving organizations, including schools, teachers, and healthcare professionals. The goal is to make programs and facilities safe and supportive and to provide appropriate referrals if additional care or services are needed. This project has the potential for community-level change as institutions in our community learn best practices for serving this vulnerable and underserved population. This project will also serve as a case study through which UWCNM and agency partners learn how grassroots organizations serving the extremely underserved can begin to effectively measure their social impact.

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