Education is a top priority for United Way of Central New Mexico. Access to better jobs, financial stability for families, and a solid local economy all spring from improved education.
UWCNM was also instrumental in founding the Education Support Initiative which grew into Mission: Graduate, an ambitious, data-driven cradle-to-career partnership that seeks to provide a fair chance for all individuals to succeed at school, graduate with a college degree or certificate, and pursue a career of their choosing.
Mission: Graduate has an ambitious goal: To add 60,000 new graduates with college degrees and certificates to central New Mexico by 2020.
Job Preparation for Refugees
United Way of Central New Mexico’s Community Fund supports Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains’ Self-Sufficiency Educational Training Services for Refugees so that newly-arrived refugees prepare for, obtain, and retain employment.
Fifteen refugee clients enter employment within 180 days of arriving in New Mexico and have maintained employment 180 days after the first date of hire, either by retaining the original job or securing another one.
Literacy Empowers Adults for a Full Life
United Way of Central New Mexico’s Community Fund partners with Reading Works to provide services to empower adults with literacy and language skills they need to participate fully and effectively in work, civic life, and community.
Seventy-five clients who participate in the program for six months will achieve a Literacy Benchmark Achievement (survival literacy skills, community, GED, voting, children, library, employment, education, computer, math).
Technology Can Improve Independence
In partnership with United Way of Central New Mexico’s Community Fund, the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides blind or visually impaired children the opportunity to use new and helpful technologies to enhance their learning experience and increase their independence.
Four hundred children will increase their ability to move independently, demonstrate purposeful behaviors to communicate, and ability to access core curriculum.
The following education programs are currently being supported by UWCNM's Community Fund.