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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

Give Together to Power Change

Will you join our Spring fundraising campaign to support young people impacted by systems? We seek 50 people to make a monthly contribution of $5 or more per month. 50 people x $5 per month X 12 months = $3,000... 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

Give Together to Power Change

June 28, 2018: We did it! Thank you to Claire and Roger, Claudia, Gareth, Jennifer, John, Karen, Keith, and Therese for their support! In the past five weeks, members of the NMCAN community have contributed over $3,200 for our projects... 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

Join Us for Breakfast with Youth Leaders 11/30/2017

Breakfast with Youth Leaders Thursday, November 30, 2017 8:30–9:30 AM Humble Coffee: 505 Central Ave NW, Suite C Come meet our Youth Leaders and celebrate the launch of NMCAN's policy blueprint. Join us for a light breakfast and learn about... Learn More

You’re Invited: Art Show 11/3/2017

NMCAN Art Show Friday, November 3, 2017 6:00-8:00 PM Siembra Leadership High School: 524 Central Ave SW In recent weeks, local artists have been sharing their creative practices and work with young people, giving them the opportunity to explore various... Learn More

Shout Out to Young Artist Tori Lucero

NMCAN thanks Tori Lucero for leading one of the workshops during our Art Series. Not only is Tori a talented artist, but she is also an active member of the NMCAN community! While in foster care, she initially learned about... Learn More

Megan & Anne Celebrate 6 Years as Chosen Family

  “Anne taught me how to be honest, how to communicate, and how to trust,” 26-year-old Megan said about her Mentor. “Now, I know that we will fight, but we’ll be okay in the end.” Megan and Anne initially met... Learn More