ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — In the most recent round of funding from the One Albuquerque Fund, the Fund’s board of directors unanimously voted to support three Albuquerque organizations Cuidando Los Niños, Siembra Leadership High School and New Day Youth and Family Services, to further their individual missions serving community youth.
“We are proud to help so many groups across Albuquerque, and these three are no exception,” said Erin Muffoletto, One Albuquerque Fund Board Member and External Affairs Manager for Comcast. “This funding will benefit many Albuquerque youth, and we are grateful to these organizations for their consistent leadership and dedication to the youth in our community. We are thankful for the community’s support of the One Albuquerque Fund, which makes this all possible.”
Cuidando Los Niños, a local organization that supports children and families experiencing homelessness, will use the $30K received from the One Albuquerque Fund to support three different initiatives within their organization. The first is a KidFit contractor to guide children in physical fitness activities
emphasizing strength, coordination, and endurance and expand KidFit activities which are incorporated into teachers’ lesson plans to support trauma-informed curriculum. Cuidando Los Niños will also contract with All Faiths Children’s Advocacy Center to provide all-staff training in trauma-informed care to ensure preparation for tough situations resulting from clients’ past trauma. A Salesforce Software for case managers will also be purchased to help streamline processes for filing case notes, facilitate program evaluation, and coordinate care for the whole family unit. “This donation will be impactful because it will enable us to expand our KidFit physical education programming especially as off-site field trips continue to pose a health threat to unvaccinated children under five,” said Executive Director Jeffrey Hoehn. “Funding will also enable our staff’s deeper understanding of trauma-informed care, leading to more responsive service and support a database for our case managers to better track client outcomes and facilitate continuous improvement. The result of this work is improved physical wellness and a higher quality of care for the 110 children and 60 parents we plan to serve with this funding—ultimately helping them quickly exit homelessness and achieve long-term stability.”
The Board approved a request for $25K from New Day Youth and Family Services, an agency supporting youth experiencing homelessness and marginalization. With the funding, the program will purchase a new 18 passenger van for its Safe Home. The van will allow transportation to events and activities for young people in the program, which provides shelter for runaway and unhoused youth in ABQ.
Siembra Leadership High School, a free, entrepreneurship-focused, public charter high school that gives students access to relevant real-world projects through hands-on learning, requested $5K to help support their Funding the Circle of Support that will allow for SLHS to develop real life connections with operating local businesses that are owned by small business owners in Albuquerque. This program will pair business owners with students and be surveyed about challenges related to owning and running a business, as well as useful resources and opportunities to access said resources for means of sustaining one’s business. The Circle of Support helps students to confidently and successfully present to community members about the design and potential implementation/launch of the businesses. The money will also help fund two Celebrations of Learning events, one in May and one in December, in which students showcase their work and achievements.
About the One Albuquerque FundThe One Albuquerque Fund, existing as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation, supports five crucial missions aligned with many of the City of Albuquerque’s priorities: workforce support and training, youth opportunity and programs, public service support and recruitment, black community investment, and housing and homelessness. Learn more at https://www.onealbuquerque.org/.