The New Mexico Community Foundation is bringing together New Mexico foundations focused on improving learning outcomes for vulnerable youth across races, classes and cultures. Over the years, it has learned valuable lessons about how to bring about collaborative social change, and it is sharing its knowledge with more than 100 organizations operating youth prevention programs.
“We’re giving individuals the tools they need to get into a career and then we’re engaging them into the mainframe of the community,” said Roberto Torres, executive director of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan.
Strong Beginnings Program Director Peggy Vander Meulen discusses racial equity programming with Project Coordinator Denise Evans (left) and Education Coordinator Bonita Agee (right) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Strong Beginnings Education Coordinator Bonita Agee (left) interacts with Keturah Bell and her son Elijah at a Strong Beginnings support group meeting for breastfeeding families in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
LINC UP’s Darel Ross attends the organization’s community food truck event in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The monthly event provides access to fresh foods for more than 250 disadvantaged families in the city.