WHO WE ARE
NMCAN partners with young people to build community, promote equity, and lead change.
WHAT WE DO
Since 1990, NMCAN has been leveraging community partnerships and volunteerism to improve children and youth’s experiences in foster care. Today, we have grown to authentically engage young people impacted by the foster care and/or juvenile justice systems to improve their transition to adulthood. Together, we work to:
1. Reduce systemic barriers that negatively impact their lives
2. Help them learn how to build positive community networks and strengthen their sense of belonging
3. Access tools to achieve goals related to education, employment, health, housing, and personal finance
We are steadfastly dedicated to young people as partners and understand the complexities of these systems. NMCAN is a leader within the child welfare community, driving positive and equitable change in New Mexico.
HOW WE DO IT
Our work is grounded in four central approaches:
AUTHENTIC YOUTH ENGAGEMENT
NMCAN meets young people where they are—connecting them to resources and mentors, and supporting them to advocate for their own policy solutions.
NMCAN promotes anti-racist policies and practices across systems, and we encourage young people to utilize their unique experiences as they pursue their education, careers, and personal goals.
NMCAN encourages young people to build the life they want. We provide them with healthy, stable relationships as well as work with partners to understand the situations young people face.
NMCAN recognizes that, in addition to trauma that brought them to the foster care or juvenile justice systems, many young people face further stressors in these systems. Our programming is developed in a way that fosters resilience, supports families, and is responsive to their distinct needs.