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New Mexico Youth Advocate to Be Honored in Nation’s Capital as a Powerful and Effective Champion for Afterschool and Youth

Representative Christine TrujilloThe New Mexico Afterschool Alliance today honored Representative Christine Trujillo, for her support for afterschool programs. Representative Trujillo will be named a State Afterschool Champion at the “Breakfast of Champions,” a gala event in Washington, D.C. featuring Members of Congress and national afterschool champions this coming May. Representative Trujillo has been a tireless leader in ensuring access to afterschool programs for low-income children.

Representative Trujillo was instrumental in the passage of recent legislation making $1.1 million dollars available for expansion of quality afterschool programming around the state. Her advocacy on the legislative floor and with fellow representatives for the need and quality of afterschool programming lead to the passage of the legislation and the ultimate approval of Governor Martinez.

The “Breakfast of Champions” is part of the 13th annual Afterschool for All Challenge, sponsored by the national Afterschool Alliance, which brings together hundreds of educators, parents, afterschool leaders and advocates from around the country for a series of events and meetings with Members of Congress.


What's Happening!!

  • The Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities Brought to you by the Central Valley Afterschool Foundation +

    Image of The Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities The inaugural issue of the Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities (JELO) is officially here! The journal is a peer-reviewed, online, open-access publication of the Central Valley Afterschool Foundation. The aim

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  • Webinar - Afterschool & the Next Generation Science Standards: Where to start? +

    Thursday, Apr 17, 2014
    01:00 PM EDT

    About this webinar:

    In this webinar, we’ll start with NGSS 101, highlighting components especially of interest to afterschool. Katelyn Wamsted, program director at

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  • Community of Practice Call - May 8, 2014 +

    Please mark your calendars for the next Community of Practice Call for Project Directors/Family Engagement Providers:

    Thursday, May 8, 2014 @ 10:00 am-11:00 am (CST)

    TOPIC: Planning Ahead: Summer Family Engagement &

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  • When, Why & Where Does the Public Learn Science: An Ecosystem Approach +

    When, Why & Where Does the Public Learn Science: An Ecosystem Approach

    This program is co-sponsored by the NM Informal Science Education Network (NM ISE Net) and NM EPSCoR with support from the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum , and is made possible

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  • First Lady Announces After-School Initiative +

    First Lady Michelle Obama Applauds Investments in Healthier Out-of-School Programs That Will Impact 5 Million Kids

    Boys & Girls Clubs of America and National Recreation and Park Association
    Commit to

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  • Grant Opportunities +

    American Honda Foundation - Funding for youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy. Captain Planet Foundation - The Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) Read More
  • Verizon Literacy Grants +

    Deadline: Rolling One of the goals of the Verizon Foundation is to improve literacy and strengthen educational achievement for children and adults by preparing them for success in the 21st Read More
  • Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation +

    Deadline: Rolling The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awards grants of up to $25,000 to organizations nationally that support public education, community improvement projects, and home safety initiatives.  More Information Read More
  • Finish Line Youth Foundation +

    Deadline: Rolling Grants support organizations that provide opportunities for youth participation in youth athletic programs addressing active lifestyle and team building skills, especially programs serving disadvantaged and special needs children. Read More
  • YSA Grant Programs +

    Deadline: Varies per grant Youth Service America supports and motivates youth, educators, and service-learning coordinators by distributing over 400 micro grants each year for service and service-learning initiatives. While most Read More
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Support Federal 21st CCLC Funding for Afterschool & Summer Learning

alert13Now is an ideal time to reach out to your Members of Congress calling for their support of afterschool and summer learning programs as they consider education, justice, child care, and other relevant spending decisions. Contact your elected officials and make the case for support and funding of school and community based before-school, afterschool and summer learning programs, that inspire learning, keep young people safe and help working families.

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Past Events

  • Step Up for Quality - Fall into Place Conference 2013 +

    The 2013 Fall Into Place Conference was held November 8 & 9 at the Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was a collaborative project of the New Mexico Public Education Department, the New Mexico Afterschool Alliance, 21st Century Community Learning Centers New Mexico Department of Health, New Mexico PBS, New Mexico Educators Credit Union and Albuquerque Public Schools to educate and engage New Mexico afterschool providers and equip them with local resources and the latest best practices. Kesselman-Jones, Inc. was contracted as the Conference Management Firm for the event. A woman-owned, award-winning firm, Kesselman-Jones, Inc. is the largest and most respected conference management service provider in New Mexico and was founded on the principle that the work a company provides should support the wellbeing of its community.

    The Fall into Place conference trained 140 individuals who worked for an afterschool program including site staff, site coordinators and program directors. The day was split between traditional breakout sessions, which delivered data, and activity sessions, which focused on the delivery of activities for implementation in attendees’ programs. The day also featured a keynote presentation by Dr. Sara Otto-Diniz from the University of New Mexico Art Museum. Dr. Otto-Diniz discussed incorporating the arts into STEM programs, a new national trend in education. The event included a half-day preconference concentrated on exploring the New Mexico Afterschool Alliance Quality Afterschool Standards as well as the NM Afterschool Alliance membership meeting and breakfast. Additional resources were provided by exhibiting organizations and partners in the community.

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  • Lights on 2013 Thank You from RGEC +

    LightsOnThankYou1Dear Parents and Families,

    We just wanted to take the opportunity to thank all the families who attended our Luminarias for Literacy event! We enjoyed a beautiful autumn evening including a magnificent full moon over the Bosque and river which created such a magical image along with the hundreds of luminaries lining the Rio Grande River Bridge. What a great night it was!

    We also hope this event projected a light on literacy and its importance in our children's education. We hope parents and children alike enjoyed themselves; showing them how reading can be fun and enjoyable so that good habits are developed and followed in their young lives, supporting positive educational experiences.

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  • Lights OFF to celebrate... Lights On! October 17, 2013 +

    On October 17th, 1 million Americans came together all over the country, for the nation’s largest rally for afterschool programs at more than 8,000 events worldwide... celebrating Lights On Afterschool. Children in hundreds of programs are coloring images of light bulbs and decorating their programs with their artwork to tout the importance of afterschool enrichment. At Children’s Choice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, we wanted to celebrate this event, learn about science, and kick things up a notch by doing a Lights OFF Afterschool project.

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