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W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Michael and Laura Franklin
Kalpulli Teocalli Ollin
Albuquerque Mennonite Church
New Mexico Community Foundation
Albuquerque Community Foundation
McCune Charitable Foundation
The Funding Exchange
Panta Rhea Fund
Seasons Fund for Social Transformation
UNM Health and Sciences Pathways Program
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
Fish and Wildlife Services
Presbyterian Medical Services Construction Reporter
And many others!
PLAZITA INSTITUTE (LPI) is a non-profit grassroots organization in Albuquerque,
NM. LPI engages New Mexico’s youth, elders and communities in
a comprehensive, holistic and cultural approach. Designed around the
philosophy of "La Cultura Cura" or culture heals, La Plazita’s
programs engages New Mexico’s youth, elders and communities to
draw from their own roots and histories to express core traditional
values of respect, honor, love, and family. LPI supports them in leaving
behind violence and a destructive lifestyle.
“La Cultura Cura and Wookihi”—are
La Plazita’s core philosophies—and they enable us to work
effectively with individuals who do not respond to more mainstream services.
are tough for everyone, but especially for our youth and their
families, who face homelessness, difficulty finding work after
incarceration, and finding food for themselves and their families.
Most—though not all—of our youth come from a Chicano
or Native American background, and so face the challenge of
balancing "multiple worlds" and conflicting values between
the mainstream culture and their familial culture.
our youth effectively navigate these multiple worlds and offer
cultural healing through sweat ceremonies and teachings to
link youth to the traditional values from their indigenous
roots including respect for elders, honoring of oneself, and
importance of community.
Seeking funding through
conventional channels has always been a challenge for us for two reasons:
because we are who we serve—primarily hiring previously incarcerated
individuals; and because we choose quality over quantity in providing
intensive, 24/7 support to extremely high-risk youth—in lower
numbers than institutions serving youth at lower risk.
This is why your support - whether it be a tax deductible cash donation
through Paypal or your time
as a volunteer, will go a long way toward helping us serve New Mexico's
most vulnerable youth and their families.
here to read about your gifts at work.
For more information
on our programs and volunteer opportunities, call: 505.508.1802
La Plazita Institute
831 Isleta Blvd. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105