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Education is a top priority for United Way of Central New Mexico. Access to better jobs, financial stability for families, and a solid local economy all spring from improved education. 

Mission: Graduate

UWCNM was also instrumental in founding the Education Support Initiative which grew into Mission: Graduate, an ambitious, data-driven cradle-to-career partnership that seeks to provide a fair chance for all individuals to succeed at school, graduate with a college degree or certificate, and pursue a career of their choosing.

Mission: Graduate has an ambitious goal: To add 60,000 new graduates with college degrees and certificates to central New Mexico by 2020.

Learn More About Mission Graduate


Our Impact

Job Preparation for Refugees

United Way of Central New Mexico’s Community Fund supports Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains’ Self-Sufficiency Educational Training Services for Refugees so that newly-arrived refugees prepare for, obtain, and retain employment.

Fifteen refugee clients enter employment within 180 days of arriving in New Mexico and have maintained employment 180 days after the first date of hire, either by retaining the original job or securing another one. 


Literacy Empowers Adults for a Full Life

United Way of Central New Mexico’s Community Fund partners with Reading Works to provide services to empower adults with literacy and language skills they need to participate fully and effectively in work, civic life, and community.

Seventy-five clients who participate in the program for six months will achieve a Literacy Benchmark Achievement (survival literacy skills, community, GED, voting, children, library, employment, education, computer, math). 

Technology Can Improve Independence

In partnership with United Way of Central New Mexico’s Community Fund, the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides blind or visually impaired children the opportunity to use new and helpful technologies to enhance their learning experience and increase their independence.

Four hundred children will increase their ability to move independently, demonstrate purposeful behaviors to communicate, and ability to access core curriculum.


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

Community Fund Partners

Program of:
Education | Bernalillo County
Grant Amount: $77,000
Grant Term: 2017 - 2018
Program Website: YMCA of Central New Mexico

YMCA’s afterschool program fills a critical need for extended day learning at Wilson, Grant, and Jefferson Middle Schools. It provides a safe and supportive environment for early teens, focused on learning enrichment and social-emotional skills to help close the achievement gap for at-risk youth and keep them engaged and ready for lifelong success.

Education | Bernalillo County
Grant Amount: $23,000
Grant Term: 2017 - 2018
Program Website: APS Education Foundation

Homelessness wreaks havoc on the stability and academic progress of our students. The mission of the Title I Homeless Project is to provide the means, motivation, and encouragement needed for homeless students to reach their potentials as productive members of society in an educational environment that treats all students with dignity and respect.

Education | Bernalillo County
Grant Amount: $14,000
Grant Term: 2017 - 2018
Program Website: Amy Biehl High School Foundation

ABHS’s service programs cultivate a new generation of social profit leaders committed to service by training high school students in valuable social, academic, and leadership skills, while meeting community needs by contributing thousands of annual volunteer hours to local nonprofits. ABHS links all service experiences to academic and life lessons.

Education | Bernalillo County
Grant Amount: $21,500
Grant Term: 2017 - 2018
Program Website: APS Education Foundation

The APS Community Clothing Bank provides needed clothing, shoes, underwear and socks to thousands of low-income and vulnerable students at APS schools each year. Because of the efforts of the Clothing Bank, students’ basic human need for clothing is met, leading to better attendance, increased parental engagement and improved school climate.

Education | Sandoval County, Bernalillo County, Torrance County, Valencia County
Grant Amount: $300,000
Grant Term: 2017 - 2018
Program Website: B4-3 Network

B43 Network is a collaborative of community based agencies in the four-county area providing early intervention services to families whose infants/toddlers have complex health needs, developmental risks or delays. By working together, we can provide more comprehensive, specialized supports to help families prepare their children to start school.