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One-on-One and Group Youth Mentoring Programs

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New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) is committed to supporting a network of quality youth mentoring providers and effective approaches that provide a consistent, positive influence in the lives of youth people who would benefit from mentoring support, connecting the young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunities.

Target Population: troubled or at-risk youth between six (6) and eighteen (18) years of age that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Failing one or more subjects in school
  • Low attendance in school
  • Part of the juvenile justice system
  • Demonstrating behavioral or emotional issues
  • At-risk of child abuse or substance abuse
  • Come from a single parent, foster home, or in kinship care and are in need of a positive role model
  • Receiving special education services
  • Have disabilities and/or special health needs
  • Out of school youth/dropouts
  • Gang-involved youth
  • Pregnant/parenting
  • Runaway or homeless
  • Have incarcerated parent(s)

Allowable Activities: Each youth served must participate in at least one allowable activity area for a minimum of four (4) hours a month:

Academic Success

Academic Enrichment
College Access
Media Literacy
Cyber Safety

Health & Wellness

Healthy Lifestyles
Hygiene & Personal Care
Mind & Body
Pregnancy Prevention
Bullying Prevention
Substance Abuse Prevention
Cultural Customs & Values

Life Skills

Life Skills/Social Skills
Leadership Development
Character & Citizenship
Community Service & Engagement
Career Exploration
Job Readiness
Economic/Financial Literacy

Fitness & Structured Recreation

Fitness Activities
Arts & Crafts
Sports Exposure and Skills Development
Gross and Fine Motor Skills Activities

One-on-One Youth Mentoring Providers:

Provider Counties, Pubelos/Nations Served
Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region Rio Arriba, Taos, Colfax, McKinley, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, San Miguel, Mora, Grant, Dona Ana, Luna
Big Brothers Big Sisters Central NM San Juan, Sandoval, Bernalillo, Torrance, Valencia, Cibola, Socorro, Otero
Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern NM Curry, Roosevelt, Chaves, Eddy
Youth Development, Inc. Sandoval, Bernalillo, Valencia, Torrance

Group Youth Mentoring Providers:

Provider Counties, Pubelos/Nations Served
National Indian Youth Leadership Development Program McKinley County; Navajo Nation
New Mexico Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs San Juan, Rio Arriba, McKinley, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Bernalillo, Lincoln, Chaves, Eddy, Otero, Dona Ana; Ohkay Owingeh, Mescalero Apache
Appletree Sierra
Capacity Builders San Juan County; Navajo Nation
Youth Development, Inc. Bernalillo County