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 the past several months very difficult. However, we take solace in the fact that our country is having the difficult conversations required to move us toward a more equitable society. We will not return to a previous normal. Rather, we are motivated and curious to create new and just systems that ensure young people get the opportunities and support they need to lead fulfilling and happy lives. With this in mind, we want to provide you with an update about how NMCAN will move forward with our programming and activities until further notice.
The health and safety of our team, young people, volunteers, and community is important to NMCAN. Therefore, we are following the guidelines of New Mexico Workforce Solutions (NMWS), New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) to implement a phased approach to reopening our office and cautiously returning to full capacity.
Phase 1 of this plan will begin on July 1, 2020:
- The office will remain closed to visitors, except for deliveries.
- No in-person meetings will be held in the office. Youth and computer rooms will be closed. One to one meetings with young people, volunteers, staff, partners, or donors are allowed at the discretion of each staff member. Meetings should take place in a space that allows for social distancing, preferably outdoors.
- Staff will not transport young people at this time.
- Everyone must follow social distancing guidelines. We recommend that you do not shake hands, hug, or be within six feet of other people.
- Masks must be worn during meetings. If a young person, volunteer, or community member does not have a face mask, staff will provide one before the meeting. We will also provide face masks for children.
With these guidelines, most meetings, events, and trainings will continue to occur in a virtual space.
Please contact any staff member if you have questions, concerns, or comments about our Phase I plan. In accordance with guidelines from the above organizations (NMWS, NMDOH, CDC, and WHO), we will monitor the public health situation in New Mexico to determine how to develop our Phase II plan, and will let our community know when it has been created, and when it will begin.
How to Use a Face Mask Tutorial:
▪ World Health Organization: When and How to Use a Mask (includes step by step images & videos), https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/when-and-how-to-use-masks
▪ Tips for using Face Masks (Español), https://coronavirus.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/coronavirus/page_content/Tips-for-Using-Masks-Spanish.png
COVID-19 Testing Sites (NM):
▪ COVID Testing Sites & Locations, https://cvprovider.nmhealth.org/directory.html
NM Governor Executive and Public Health Orders:
▪ NMDOH Public Health Orders, https://cv.nmhealth.org/public-health-orders-and-executive-orders/