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Learning About the Legislative Process
FFC sponsored the Thoreau Youth Group trip to the NM State Capitol
The New Mexico State Capitol building was overflowing with students on Tuesday, January 21 for Celebrating Children and Youth Day, which coincided with opening day at the 2014 New Mexico Legislative Session. This year's theme: "New Mexico Kids are Counting on Us" references the New Mexico Voices for Children data that ranked New Mexico 50th in child welfare in the 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book. During morning speeches by various legislative officials many students were given the opportunity to make a short public statement. The students ended their speeches with the tag line, “don’t sugarcoat it" to underline the seriousness of this low ranking.
Youth-related organizations manned tables in the hallways leading into the Rotunda, distributing informational materials describing their work in promoting the welfare of children in New Mexico. Advocates held a learning session which provided information to attending students about the legislative process and how to discuss their issues with legislators. Thoreau Youth Group students then spent several hours visiting with legislators to discuss their concerns about New Mexico education problems.
American Indian Day at the State Legislature was held on Friday, February 7. The purpose of this event was to increase awareness of the tribal perspective to legislators and constituents during the session. The theme for the 2014 American Indian Day was: “Successful State-Tribal Relations: Five Years of Building a Better Tomorrow for All New Mexicans." FFC staff and board members were present to support legislation benefiting increased educational opportunities for American Indian students.
Healthy Heels Campaign Promotes Healthy Lifestyles
Futures for Children (FFC) is providing American Indian student a healthy alternative for seasonal sweets with holiday stockings that include items intended to encourage a healthier lifestyle. The Healthy Heels campaign also helped the FFC staff stay in shape as they logged a few miles walking around tables stuffing over 1000 holiday stockings with fruit, healthy snacks, oral care products, balls, jump ropes, hand sanitizers and other "good for you" items.
Donations from many individuals and corporations supported the Healthy Heels campaign. Participants were O'Dell Financial Services, Lovelace Health System, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Greater Sandoval County Chamber of Commerce - Nick Vuillemot, Walmart, Smith's Food and Drug Stores, Eric Stanley DMD - Perfect Teeth, Paul Apodaca and Sue Casarez, Office Max, Trader Joe's, Anytime Fitness on Juan Tabo and a group know as Active Boomer Singles.
45 Year Anniversary Open House A Success
The article below, wirtten by Colleen Keane, was featured in Navajo Times. It highlights the impact Futures for Children programs have on American Indian students and their communities. Ms. Keane was one of over 300 guests who attended the 45 Year Anniversary Open House celebration on September 21, 2013. We thank Navajo Times and Colleen Keane for promoting our mission to empower American Indian youth through leadership development, mentoring, and community service.