Since 1990, NMCAN has been leveraging community partnerships and volunteerism to improve children and youth’s experiences in foster care. Today, we have grown to authentically engage young people impacted by the foster care and/or juvenile justice systems to improve their transition to adulthood.
Together, we work to:1.Reduce systemic barriers that negatively impact their lives 2.Help them learn how to build positive community networks and strengthen their sense of belonging 3.Access tools to achieve goals related to education, employment, health, housing, and personal finance. NMCAN is a leader within the child welfare community, driving positive and equitable change in New Mexico.
NMCAN PROJECTS Young people (ages 14-25) are eligible to participate in our range of interconnected programming:
MENTORING PROJECT matches a young person with a committed adult volunteer in a long-term mentoring relationship, building their chosen family.
BACK ON TRACK allows young people (ages 17–25) to thrive in their education on their own terms, receiving both academic and nonacademic support.
OPPORTUNITY PASSPORT™ works to ensure young people are financially capable and ready to acquire assets in education, housing, transportation, and other areas that contribute to their long-term financial viability.
YOUTH LEADERS engages young people to become advocates and guides NMCAN’s policy work.
We offer INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY BUILDING that includes a hiking/camping series along with ongoing group events to build peer connections and a sense of belonging.