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August 27, 2014 MEDIA RELEASE Albuquerque’s La Plazita Institute, Inc. partners with Conservation Legacy to launch a Native American Youth Urban Corps with a $25,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Albuquerque’s La Plazita Institute, Inc. partners with Conservation Legacy to launch a Native American Youth Urban Corps with a $25,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM. – Conservation Legacy, in partnership with La Plazita Institute, Inc. will field one crew of 8 Native American youth participants for six weeks in fall 2014 (to begin September 2014). The La Plazita Native American Urban Corps will complete conservation service projects in the Department of Interior’s newest Fish and Wildlife Refuge Valle de Oro in Albuquerque as well as other Tribal and Ancestral lands and waters. Through this project, Conservation Legacy will support La Plazita in expanding LPI’s suite of healing, transition, and community outreach programs to include conservation service corps opportunities, learning and provide a continuum of healing and support for Native youth ages 16 – 25 years.
“We are thrilled to be working with La Plazita – especially on this important pilot project in effort to connect Native youth in Albuquerque to their ancestral lands and heritage,” says Eugenie Bostrom, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications of Conservation Legacy. “La Plazita is already such a vital community resource, we feel fortunate to be partnering with them to add a Conservation Corps to their quiver of high-impact programming, and we are committed to working together ensure that the conservation corps experience is available to Albuquerque residents through this project and beyond.”
“We are honored by this collaborative opportunity to engage Native Americans through this urban conservation corps project, which will provide economic opportunity to local Native youth,” says Albino Garcia, Executive Director of La Plazita Institute. “This project is critical due to the historical uprootedness, polarization and isolation from sacred and natural connection to their ancestral lands and serves to reconnect them to their environment and community.”
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La Plazita Institute, Inc. receives grant to strengthen organizational capacity to better serve and promote opportunities amongst youth, elders and returning citizens in New Mexico.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM. – La Plazita Institute, Inc. of Albuquerque, receives a $50,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich. The goal of this grant is to strengthen La Plazita’s administrative, financial and evaluation capacity which will provide greater access to cultural and racial healing programs for vulnerable youth and their families in New Mexico. “Effectively managing growth, increasing organizational capacity and fundraising,are often the greatest challenges many community based nonprofit organizations face.” says Co-Director/COO of La Plazita Institute, Theresa Gonzales.“Addressing the volatile economic climate in strengthening self-sufficiency and resiliency of grass roots nonprofit organizations is imperative.”
Goals of this capacity grant include strategic planning, board development, building sustainability and fortifying operations. Efforts of this grant began in May and will continue through July 2015.
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La Plazita Institute: La Plazita Institute, Inc. is a community based non-profit grass roots organization in Albuquerque, NM, which engages youth, elders and communities in a comprehensive, holistic and cultural approach. LPI programs engage youth, elders and communities to draw from their own roots and histories to express core traditional values of respect, honor, love, and family. Most of our participants are of Hispanic/Latino, Chicano, and Native American heritage, are previously incarcerated and/or gang involved, and come from families with multi-generational legacies of poverty, gang involvement, and substance abuse addiction. Since 2004, LPI has made huge strides in establishing a significant footprint in the South Valley and throughout the state of NM in reducing violence, addiction, incarceration and recidivism amongst the most overrepresented youth and adults in detention and those considered high-risk populations in the community. For more information, visit www.laplazitainstitute.org.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation: The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.
Theresa L. Gonzales, Co-Director/COO La Plazita Institute, Inc.