NMCAN’s Physical Office is Currently Closed

To our valued community, We hope you continue to be healthy and safe. We miss you—our resilient community of young people, volunteers, partners, and donors who make our mission possible. The inability to connect with you in person has made... Learn More

Join us for a Virtual Lunch with Youth Leaders on 11/10/2020!

Please join us to celebrate the release of the 2020-2024 Young Parent Blueprint. Created in partnership with young parents, the blueprint identifies areas of support that are the greatest priorities and potential solutions. Youth Leaders will lead this virtual session... Learn More

Black Lives Matter

Like many of you, we at NMCAN have taken the past couple of weeks to reflect on our role in addressing systemic racism and how to best stand with Black communities that are leading change against oppressive policing and violence.... Learn More

State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center Letter to Congress

NMCAN proudly joins other advocates in urging Congress to support older youth in and aging out of foster care, and to ensure states have the resources to keep young people safe and support struggling families during COVID-19.   Read more here!

Give Together to Power Change

NMCAN is doing all we can to support young people impacted by systems during the COVID-19 pandemic. To advance these efforts, will you join our Spring fundraising campaign to further support our community? WHAT IS THE 50 FOR $5 CAMPAIGN?... Learn More

Focusing on Extended Care, Education Supports, and Employment Supports at 2020 Legislative Session

Young people traveled to Santa Fe to speak withNew Mexico Legislators and the Governor about foster care. Photo credit: NMCAN. UPDATE: Great news for young people in New Mexico! The New Mexico Legislature passed SB 168, Foster Youth Changes, and... Learn More

2018-2019 Annual Report is Available

What a year! As we look back on our achievements from the past year, NMCAN is so grateful to our incredible community. THANK YOU. With your support, young people impacted by systems in New Mexico are receiving coaching and resources... Learn More

2020 Legislative Priorities Announced

“Listening to families and youth and acting on the information they provide about what would be most helpful to keep them healthy and strong is a critical first step to correcting our course [in system design and operation]. Acting on... Learn More

Join Us for Breakfast with Youth Leaders 10/22/2019

Please join us to celebrate the release of the 2020-2024 Youth Leaders Policy Blueprint. Deputy Secretary of New Mexico's Department of Workforce Solutions Yolanda Montoya-Cordova will also share her thoughts about how the power of youth voice is shaping our... Learn More

Join Us for Breakfast with Youth Leaders 4/30/2019

Image credit: Jonathan Cabada See event photos on our Facebook page. Please join us to celebrate the achievements of Youth Leaders at the 2019 Legislative Session! They led efforts to improve education opportunities and age-appropriate supports for young people transitioning... Learn More

Focusing on Extended Care, Education Supports, & Financial Literacy at 2019 Legislative Session

UPDATE - April 3, 2019: Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed all three bills! Way to go New Mexico! UPDATE - March 19, 2019: Wow, what a session! Thanks to our community's unwavering support, SB 23, SB 251, and SB 341... Learn More

Youth Leaders Honored at Children’s Law Institute

This week, THREE Youth Leaders - Micaela Baca, DeAngelo Montoya, and Shantell Gallegos - received Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Excellence Awards for their efforts to lead positive change for young people impacted by systems, and Ezra Spitzer was recognized... Learn More

2017-2018 Annual Report is Available

“NMCAN and its staff are very supportive and always helpful. Even if I have already figured something out and I find myself in a different struggle, they are the ones I go to for assistance or support. They help me... Learn More

2019 Legislative Priorities Announced

On October 30, NMCAN hosted the Breakfast with Youth Leaders to announce our priorities for the 2019 Legislative Session. Nearly 100 community members joined us to learn how extending foster care beyond 18 will improve young people's transition to adulthood.... Learn More

Celebrating Relationships was Ele-fun!

On Saturday, June 2nd, our fantastic volunteer mentors, financial coaches, and young people joined us for Celebrationship Challenge! Taking place at the ABQ BioPark Zoo, teams explored the zoo and completed activities such as meeting baby elephant Thorn, acting like... Learn More

Join Us for Breakfast with Youth Leaders 4/27/2018

YOU'RE INVITED! BREAKFAST WITH YOUTH LEADERS Friday, April 27, 2018 8:30 AM–9:30 AM Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Silver & Turquoise Rooms 2401 12th Street NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104 Join us to celebrate the young people who played a critical... Learn More

2016-2017 Annual Report is Available

In the past year, NMCAN increased the number of young people we work with, engaging 127 young people in our high-touch programming compared to 101 in 2015-2016. With the support of 75 volunteers and our community partners, young people are... Learn More

NM is First State to Offer Tax Credit to Hire Foster Youth

March 1, 2018: Governor Susana Martinez signed SB 231, which will go into effect on July 1, 2018. New Mexico is the first state in the U.S. to pass a tax credit for hiring former/current foster youth. Learn more about... Learn More

Recruiting Volunteer Mentors

  Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a young person right here in our community? Sign up to be a Volunteer Mentor! Mentors empower young people (ages 14-25) who have or are... Learn More

Check out our Policy Blueprint

  NMCAN’S Policy Blueprint was created in partnership with young people who spent time in the foster care system and either aged out of that system or were preparing to age out. Authentic engagement of young people was the foundation... Learn More