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Community Impact Projects

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UWCNM launched a new type of grant-making in 2016, designed to inspire collaborative, measurable solutions to our community’s most challenging issues. Community Impact Projects (CIPs) are targeted, multi-year investments focused on urgent needs in our community, with an emphasis on continuous quality improvement, scalability, and measurable outcomes. In 2016-17, seven CIPs were launched in the areas of youth behavioral health, adult transitions to college, summer learning, and attendance.

The following Community Impact Projects are currently being supported by UWCNM’s Community Fund.

Community Fund Partners

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.

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

Encuentro is partnering with CNM to increase employment opportunities for low-income Spanish speaking immigrants who struggle with chronic under-employment resulting from low English language literacy and limited formal education. This project will increase the employability and financial stability of this primarily female group through participation in Encuentro’s linguistically appropriate Home Health Aid certification course and related English instruction. The project includes wrap-around services to students:  access to an onsite social worker, childcare during classes, and student scholarships to cover enrollment, textbook and lab costs.

Education | Bernalillo County
Grant Amount: $84,000
Grant Term: 2016 - 2019

Missing just two days of school a month puts a child at risk for falling behind and, if that happens in elementary school, it is more likely to become a habit. Across Albuquerque, APS Attendance teams at elementary schools that struggle with high rates of truancy will work with families and existing community resource partners to identify the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children to get them back on track to educational success  by solving the underlying problems that impact attendance such as poverty, hunger, homelessness, and family trauma. 

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.

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