In Albuquerque, Bank of America announced the launch of its Neighborhood Champions program, naming New Day Youth and Family Services as its inaugural awardee for its work to move homeless and at-risk youth onto a path of stability and self-sufficiency. New Mexico Market President, Paul Mondragon, and Chief Executive Officer, Steve Johnson, sit down to talk more about the program.
As part of the new program, New Day Youth and Family Services will receive $50,000 in grant support and an opportunity to participate in virtual leadership training on topics ranging from human capital to financial sustainability by experts in the nonprofit sector.
New Mexico ranks amongst the worst of all 50 states for youth homelessness, according to the National Center on Family Homelessness; as many as 4,000 youths in Albuquerque experience homelessness each year; and 10 percent of New Mexico youth are considered “disconnected” from school or work. The state also ranks last for high school completion rates.
Since 1976, New Day Youth and Family Services has been exclusively helping Albuquerque’s homeless, runaway and other at-risk youth, by providing a continuum of care that builds pathways out of homelessness, such as emergency and transitional housing, life skills support, career development, and access to critical government, educational and social services. Approximately 87 percent of the youth served moved to safe and stable housing, higher than the national average. More than just beds, New Day Youth’s Life Skills Academy has a state-of-the-art building with classrooms, a computer lab, a commercial training kitchen for career training, communal space and laundry facilities.
New Day Youth will use the Neighborhood Champion award to hire additional staff, improve staff training programs, improve “efforts to outcomes” reporting and data collections, and train additional government agencies and other partners working to help at-risk youth succeed.