NMCAN’s Physical Office is Currently Closed

Updated June 2021 To our valued community, NMCAN staff continue working from home as we celebrate news of vaccine distribution across the country, and hope that our communities will soon return to connecting in person. With the safety of our community... Learn More

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NMCAN is hiring!

Do you enjoy working with young people and want to make a lasting difference in your community? Apply to join our dedicated and enthusiastic team! NMCAN  partners with young people to build community, promote equity, and lead change. We support... Learn More

An update from NMCAN

Since 2010, NMCAN has been partnering with young people impacted by systems to improve their transition to adulthood. We achieve this by supporting them to increase their social capital, connecting them to the resources that all youth need to be... Learn More

Join us for NMCAN’s Lunch With Youth Leaders

Photo credit: @photonuel Please join NMCAN at this spring’s Lunch with Youth Leaders. This virtual event will feature and celebrate young people and their families. We will discuss how supportive programs and policies can support the healthy and holistic development... Learn More

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2021 Legislative Update

The 2021 legislative session has officially ended. Thanks again for showing up for New Mexico's young people this year. A remote, online session had its challenges, but we are grateful to you, our valued community, for advocating for positive change in... Learn More

Support Young People and Their Families at the 2021 Legislative Session

Image credit: West Mesa Photography Check out the results for this year's session! New Mexico's 2021 Legislative Session is taking place from January 19–March 20, 2021 and will occur online due to the global pandemic. In spite of the challenges... Learn More

2019-2020 Annual Report is Available

This year has been a challenge and a struggle for all of us. The inability to connect with our community in person has made the past several months very difficult, but we thank you for your incredible ongoing support. Young... 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.   In collaboration with... Learn More

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