Friday, August 06, 2010
|You are invited to the "Strong Starts for Children" Pajarito Mesa Project Kickoff Event on August 7th from 11am to 1pm.
Invitation and Map
For immediate release:
July 31, 2010
Youth Development, Inc., Bernalillo County, and the Pajarito Mesa Community
LAUNCH AN EFFORT TO HELP YOUNG CHILDREN THRIVE
Strong Starts for Children: Pajarito Mesa Kickoff Event
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M— Youth Development, Inc., Bernalillo County, and community members from the Pajarito Mesa are hosting an event on August 7, 2010 from 11am-1pm on the Pajarito Mesa to launch the “Strong Starts for Children.” The initiative brings people from all walks of life into dialogues to work together for the success of all children.
Pajarito Mesa is one of five groups participating across greater Albuquerque as part of the Strong Starts for Children initiative, which is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
With the aim of creating a brighter future for kids and families, Youth Development Inc.,Bernalillo County,and Pajarito Mesa will work this fall to bring people together to talk about what to do to make their communities better for young children. People will work to bring about success on issues such as school readiness, health, access for families to development and job training, financial literacy, educational opportunities, and more.
“We’re excited that community members, policy makers and the business community are coming together to support our youngest children,” says Debra Baca, Vice President/Youth Development, Inc. “Our kick-off event will give the community the opportunity to learn more about how they can bring positive change to the Pajarito Mesa. This change will all begin through dialogue sessions and an action forum that will be happening throughout the fall.”
The Kickoff Event will feature interactive activities for children, live music, food and fun for the entire family. During the event, community members, activists, policy makers and concerned citizens will have the opportunity to sign-up for a series of dialogue sessions focused on building a positive future for the youth of Pajarito Mesa. The process will culminate with an action forum where participants will put together an action plan to provide strong starts for area youth and build a vibrant community that supports them.
Everyday Democracy, a national nonprofit organization, is leading the Strong Starts for Children initiative. The organization will work closely with Youth Development, Inc., Bernalillo County, and the rest of the groups over the next year to help them find ways for all kinds of people in their communities to talk, work and take action together on early childhood development issues. Everyday Democracy’s work in the Albuquerque area is part of the Our Voices, Our Children New Mexico-based initiative of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. With the Kellogg Foundation’s generous support, Everyday Democracy will provide funding, coaching, and training for this initiative.
"Pajarito Mesa Residents face many issues on a daily basis. This important, grassroots collaboration with other diverse stakeholders offers opportunities at all levels through an organized process using key leadership to identify and define issues there and affect the community as a whole. It is my hope, that workable solutions to the problems will result in a planned systematic process to create a better quality of life for children and all residents of Pajarito Mesa and for the greater good," says Bernalillo Commissioner DeLaCruz, Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.
Youth Development, Inc. (YDI), founded in 1971, is a nationally recognized youth service organization that provides educational, developmental and humanitarian assistance to children, youth and families in central and northern New Mexico. As a 501 (c) 3, non-profit charitable organization, YDI is eligible to receive tax-deductible cash and in-kind donations. YDI's programs include tutoring, after-school activities, gang intervention, drop-out prevention, family counseling services, emergency teen shelter, youth sports, internships, scholarships, parenting skills, leadership development, public housing assistance, community corrections, GED studies, early childhood education via Head Start centers, substance abuse and AIDS education and many others.
How do I get there?
From Coors and Pajarito Road, head west on Pajarito. Continue west up the hill past the landfill. The event will be held at the water tower on the mesa.
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