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Education | Bernalillo County
Grant Amount: $15,560
Grant Term: 2018 - 2019
Program Website: Accelerated Education Classes for Students Program

Albuquerque Adult Learning Center, Inc. (formerly ABQ-GED®), is an award-winning Education Program providing FREE Adult Basic Education (ABE) and High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation classes to needy communities within the Albuquerque Metro area. ABQ ALC collaborates with multiple community partners to support HSE completers in their transition to college or employment.  This grant will increase our Fast Track Program that allows HSE students to complete their program faster and at lower cost, thus increasing the total number of graduates in Bernalillo County and providing major economic benefits to our poorest communities.

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Grant Amount: $23,760
Grant Term: 2018 - 2019
Program Website: Adult Literacy Instruction

(Funded under Financial Stability)

Reading Works provides free literacy tutoring to adult residents of Bernalillo County. Trained volunteers provide one-on-one or small group tutoring in reading, writing, math, computer skills and English as a Second Language. Our goal is to give adults the skills they need to become economically self-sufficient, to support their children, and to participate in the community.  Reading Works stands out for innovative programming.  The Library of Congress named Reading Works a 2017 Best Practices in Literacy Honoree for our curriculum titled "12 Weeks to Reading."  We were one of 15 programs from five countries to be honored.

Reading Works provides free tutoring to adults in reading, writing, and English as a Second Language. We also teach computer skills and math.  Our program helps adult learners overcome barriers to success.  In 2017 the Library of Congress named Reading Works a  Best Practices in Literacy Honoree, one of 18 programs from six countries honored.

Education | Bernalillo County
Grant Amount: $25,000
Grant Term: 2018 - 2019
Program Website: After-School Tutoring/Summer Programs

Homeless students in the Albuquerque Public Schools are those who are living in emergency shelters; living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations; places not designed for use as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings, and doubled up with others due to economic hardship. There are homeless children and youth attending kindergarten through 12th grades. High-risk students have the most to gain from after-school and summer programs in terms of educational opportunity--encouraging and tracking participation across the year helps youth stay engaged (Harvard Research, 2011). Creating structured environments for at-risk students to improve their literacy skills, receive enrichment activities and learn about careers provides students with additional support to be successful in school. After-school and summer programs also allow students to strengthen their social skills and friendships with peers. This enhances their support system at school. Improving academic outcomes for these students is important for educators and policymakers.

The Homeless Project's after-school tutoring and summer programs will provide academic, enrichment and career development activities for approximately 335 students (185 during the school year, 150 during the summer) homeless students during 2018-2019. The programs will be located in a number of schools

throughout the city.  Academic skills in literacy will be enhanced using a Links to Literacy approach. Links to Literacy is a best practice approach which includes the following four components: 1) The tutor reads, 2) The child reads, 3) Word study, 4) The child writes.

Enrichment activities will also be offered during our after-school and summer programs. These will include:

1) Health and Physical Fitness Instruction provided by community volunteers,

2) Monthly Birthday Celebrations provided by Community Volunteers,

3) Family style catered meals where students receive nourishment, mentorship, and support from caring adults, and

4) Art instruction during our summer program.  In addition to these activities, we are also exploring theater and music activities to add to our programs in the coming year.

After-school and summer programs will also emphasize staying in school and understanding the connections between performance in school and future endeavors. Community guest speakers and field trips will address a multitude of professional careers open to students and demystify unfamiliar careers.

The Homeless Project's after-school tutoring and summer programs will positively impact students in the following ways:

1) Increase their literacy skills

2) Provide certified teachers and school personnel to guide and mentor students

3) Provide snacks and catered meals to students during each session

4) Provide experiential learning opportunities with transportation to and from sites

5) Provide career awareness through field trips and enrichment activities

6) Provide art instruction, physical fitness activities, art instruction, and birthday celebrations through community collaborations.

Health | Bernalillo County
Grant Amount: $14,500
Grant Term: 2018 - 2019
Program Website: Albuquerque Area HIV Capacity Project

The New Mexico Community AIDS Partnership (NMCAP) was founded in 1993 and works to assure that the diverse populations of New Mexico receive high quality, culturally appropriate HIV prevention, education and care.  We focus on innovative and collaborative programs, targeting otherwise underserved and vulnerable populations.  

Recognizing that social and economic determinants strongly affect individuals’ and communities’ risk of HIV infection as well as their access to medical care  and support services, we work with others to address inequities in access to care and services and to increase equity and social justice

This project is designed to fill gaps in service and increase regional capacity for HIV prevention, education and services. We complete an annual needs assessment and confer with  local providers of HIV services and community members to assure that our work is addressing the most urgent community needs and does not duplicate other efforts.

Health | Bernalillo County
Grant Amount: $7,200
Grant Term: 2018 - 2019
Program Website: Albuquerque Center for Hope & Recovery Drop-In Center

The mission of the Albuquerque Center for Hope & Recovery (ACHR) is to support people who live with mental health or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse challenges. Through peer support, in a safe environment, ACHR aims to help people experience positive life growth by focusing on hope, humor and personal responsibility.

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Health | Bernalillo County
Grant Amount: $40,000
Grant Term: 2018 - 2019
Program Website: Albuquerque Heading Home

Albuquerque Heading Home is a Housing First collaboration of public, private and non-profit organizations with the mission of ending homelessness for individuals who have been chronically homeless and are medically vulnerable. More than 700 individuals and family members have been placed in stable, safe, healthy and supportive housing since 2011.

Health | Bernalillo County
Grant Amount: $17,500
Grant Term: 2018 - 2019
Program Website: Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH) Resource Center

The AHCH Resource Center (RC) addresses immediate basic needs and reduces harmful affects of homelessness for nearly 2,000 people annually. This innovative space ties directly to primary care to identify and treat chronic health needs onsite while linking to other supportive services that address and end their homelessness.

Education | Bernalillo County
Grant Amount: $9,975
Grant Term: 2018 - 2019
Program Website: Albuquerque Reads

Albuquerque Reads is the sole program of the Career Guidance Institute. The population ABQ Reads works with is considered 'vulnerable' primarily due to the effects of poverty. The most recent data shows that two-thirds of ABQ Reads students come from poverty backgrounds. The program serves in three, public elementary schools, which are all Title I schools and, are are further qualified under the Community Eligible Provision which is applied to schools with very high poverty levels.   The majority of the students served by the program are minorities.

Evidence of the community's need for early support and intervention literacy services is reflected in the fact that nearly half of New Mexico's adult population is considered functionally illiterate. This severely hampers their ability to secure well-paying jobs that can support themselves and their families. This problem is best addressed early in the education process before issues become permanent.  The need becomes more apparent when beginning-of-year literacy scores are evaluated. These scores show that there are significantly more students starting the year at the lowest reading level and significantly less students reading at the highest level when compared to other district schools.

ABQ Reads' unique method is evident in a few ways. ABQ Reads is the only program in the state to provide individual tutoring during the school day and in conjunction with classroom learning. It is also offered at no charge to every enrolled kindergarten student. The tutoring sessions take place three times per week for thirty minutes each. A volunteer tutor is paired with a student so that every child receives ninety minutes of individualized attention.  It is also unique in that it has developed its own curriculum. The curriculum can be tailored by each site coordinator to follow exactly what has been taught in the classroom. It has easy-to-use examples and prompts for the volunteer tutors so that they and the children get the most out of each session. Another unique aspect is the allowance for individual differences and varying academic levels of the students. Because of the one-to-one nature of the program, every session can meet the students' needs and help them continue to progress upward.  Regardless of the level of any student, the program meets them where they are, and they do experience success.

The impact to the community is immediate and long-term. The immediate impact can be seen in that these at-risk youth are given access to an academic foundation-building program. A strong academic foundation, especially in the area of literacy, is essential for all future learning and provides an immediate return on investment as children benefiting from the program show more gains and are better prepared for first grade. The long-term impact is seen in that students who experience successes early in their schooling have an increased likelihood of graduating from high school, pursuing higher learning, and transitioning smoothly into productive adulthood.

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Grant Amount: $12,000
Grant Term: 2018 - 2019
Program Website: Alivio Caregiver Support Program

(Funded under Financial Stability)

Alivio is an internal funding stream that provides Adult Day Services for low- income, under/uninsured frail, elderly, disabled, and vulnerable adults and seniors in need of services but who do not qualify for funding and can't afford to pay for services privately. Alivio also provides Respite and support for their Family Members and Caregivers.

Education | Bernalillo County
Grant Amount: $12,440
Grant Term: 2018 - 2019
Program Website: Amy Biehl HS: All-School Service Activities

Through Amy Biehl High School (ABHS) all-school services projects, supported financially by the ABHS Foundation, students learn to research local needs and address them through volunteer hours dedicated to hundreds of area nonprofits.

VULNERABLE POPULATION: ABHS attracts students from diverse backgrounds. Currently, 300 students are enrolled in grades 9-12. Of these, 60% are minorities, 24% have special education needs (9% higher than the Albuquerque District average), and over 55% qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch (meaning they are low-or moderate-income). Many parents choose ABHS because of a reputation for excellence, as well as the mission to serve. More than 140 community partners have hosted students, including museums, health service providers, and animal rescue agencies. These agencies often serve vulnerable populations themselves and they benefit from ABHS student involvement. Agencies form long-term relationships with students; over 50% of ABHS graduates continue to volunteer, extending their community impact for years beyond high school.

NEED: Many ABHS students face risk factors that increase the likelihood of dropping out of high school (e.g., low-income, entering school behind grade level, special needs). Further, they may enter high school without the familial supports that help them succeed and understand the importance of college. Local nonprofits often struggle with limited budgets and variable volunteer capacity; our students fill a need for well-informed and committed volunteers. Through their contributions to the community, ABHS students support greater capacity in local nonprofits that serve thousands of high-need clients. ABHS student volunteering, therefore, benefits central New Mexico widely.

METHOD OF SERVICE PROVISION: ABHS service programming is well-established and ongoing, supported by teachers, advisors, and nonprofit partners. The experience begins in 9th-10th grades with all-school service days (students select partners) and intensifies in 11th grade with a Compass class (students identify talents/interests and develop an aligning project). They then foster the connections they need to carry out their projects. In 12th grade, students execute their projects overseen by nonprofit mentors and ABHS staff and executed at partner nonprofit sites. Through Advisories, students meet in groups throughout their time in high school to discuss service experiences and link them to larger lessons about themselves and their academic and career trajectories. Seniors are required to participate in college preparatory work and pass college courses relevant to their service project. ABHS staff is responsible for ensuring that students are on track with coursework and service commitments, that they have adequate oversight, and that nonprofit partners receive the support they need.

IMPACT: Each year, ABHS students commit over 10,000 service hours to nonprofits around the Albuquerque area, expanding capacity to serve clients at cash-strapped nonprofits and lending the insights and energy of students. Further, ABHS has worked with other area schools to train them in service methods to expand the postive impact beyond ABHS students.

Our approach is even more important for the students themselves. For those who enter high school without strong support systems and/or who struggle academically, the service focus is empowering. Students find that they can have a direct impact on the lives of others, energizing them to do more and stay in school. Our approach enhances teen’s social intelligence through gaining knowledge about local needs and making community connections, as well as improving emotional intelligence by identifying and working with vulnerable populations while they analyze the impact of their service on themselves.

For years, ABHS has earned an ‘A’ on the state report card for College and Career Readiness, signaling a strong ability to prepare students for college/careers.