The New Mexico Youth Alliance is a statewide youth advisory council comprised of youth representatives, up to one from each legislative district. The Alliance was established in 2003 by the Youth Council Act, which enables state lawmakers and administrators to create and refine youth policies with the benefit and feedback from youth statewide. It is a tool for ensuring that youth have meaningful voice in the state’s political process. Members mobilize youth to make positive contributions in their locales, meet regionally to discuss youth issues and develop their platform and inform policy makers, as well as conduct Community Impact Projects where they participate in civic engagement.
The NMYA recognizes young people as assets to the community, not just as leaders of the future, but as leaders of today. Youth have the fundamental opportunity of advancing the positive youth development work to connect theory with practice ultimately being able to create change at the local and statewide level through various vehicles.
Moving youth voice to youth empowerment is successfully completed through the exemplary work of youth planning and implementing Community Impact Projects. Youth Alliance members identify concerns about which they are passionate and invested in making a difference in the communities. With their civic engagement they work closely with community based organizations and adult sponsors. Below are some highlights of Community Impact Projects statewide:
We collaborate with phenomenal partners who strive to create thriving communities for our youth. Although New Mexico is considered an impoverished state we are rich with social and cultural wealth and with these partnerships we are able to move to shifting the paradigm of recognizing youth as contributors and change agents. Among our partners are:
|NM Children Youth and Families DepartmentNew Mexico State LegislatorsAmeriCorps Vista Carde ProjectGeneration JusticeNatural HelpersAlbuquerque Mayors Youth CouncilFarmington Mayor Youth CouncilZenithEnlace ComunitarioSafeTeen New MexicoLa Plazita Institute
Southwest Organizing ProjectNew Mexico Civic EngagementProject Feed the Hood
|Office of School and Adolescent HealthOffice of African American AffairsENLACEPartnership for Community ActionTaos Rocky Mountain Youth CorpsCuidando Los NinoNative Health InitiativeSembrano SemillasNative American Community AcademyAmy Biehl Charter High SchoolSouth Valley AcademyDeming Youth CouncilOrganizing Youth EngagementFarmington Public LibraryEl Centro de Igualidad y DerechosSanta Fe Mayor Youth Council||Center for Community EngagementCampaign 2020Acequia SolutionsSawmill Youth CouncilYouth JamNew DayThe Wellness CoalitionAppleTree Education CenterNew Mexico Dreamers in ActionTeen Outreach ProgramElev8Young Women UnitedSouthwest CreationsSomos Un Pueblo UnidoRio Rancho Mayoral Youth CouncilNew Mexico Voices for ChildrenNew Mexico Teen Pregnancy Coalition|