Elev8 New Mexico
Elev8 New Mexico is being implemented in five diverse middle schools statewide—in urban, rural, and tribal communities. Elev8 New Mexico is a program of Youth Development, Inc. (YDI), a statewide endowment-building and grant-making organization that serves and invests in New Mexico’s communities and people.
Elev8 New Mexico thrives on the diversity of its local populations, offering programs and services that support each unique school community. In Gadsden, on the US-Mexico border, there are integrated supports for a largely agricultural, immigrant community; at Laguna Pueblo, there is culturally relevant programming for an American Indian student population; and in three schools in Albuquerque, Elev8 is structured to meet the needs of a very diverse community that includes over 40 American Indian tribes, a large population of Mexican immigrants, Latino, Anglo, Asian, African and African American youth.Middle grade students in Elev8 New Mexico schools face major challenges that are reflective of much of the state. Lack of health insurance, high dropout rates, issues related to poverty, high levels of unemployment, and access challenges in rural areas. With the participation of a broad array of organizations, elected officials, students, families and schools, Elev8 New Mexico is integrating extended day learning programs, healthcare, family supports and community engagement so students succeed in school and in life.
Watch a video about Elev8 New Mexico here.
Elev8 New Mexico programs offer: