NACA has created many strong partnerships to support student success. NACA’s partnerships range from organizational to institutional; governmental to tribal; and corporate to community. The Partnership Programs listed below in alphabetical order are significant programs established within the school that support NACA’s mission – and serve a large number of students.
In addition to these core partnerships, NACA also works with many other community partners which can be found in our Community Connections section.
NACA is a public charter school established under the umbrella of Albuquerque Public Schools (APS). APS is one of the prime NACA partners, and provides facilities and operating support to NACA.
Weaving an international Indigenous network, Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) catalyzes and facilitates culturally appropriate initiatives and opportunities that enrich the cultural, political and economic lives of Indigenous peoples. Founded by LaDonna Harris (Comanche) and a cohort of her fellow Native American activists in 1970, AIO draws upon traditional Indigenous philosophies to foster value-based leadership, inspire stakeholder-driven solutions, and convene visionary leaders to probe contemporary issues and address challenges of the new century.
AIO collaborates with NACA in a number of areas in the school. They worked with NACA in the initial two years with staff, students, and community in a process that helped us develop our core cultural values. Using the Indigenous Leaders Interactive System (ILIS) they facilitated NACA through this process and helped NACA strategize priority areas and next steps. AIO also works in collaboration with the Dean of Academics and College Prep in building the capacity of student leadership in the school. Every year AIO helps to facilitate and carry out the 8th grade leadership trip to Washington DC. They will also be instrumental in helping NACA continue building youth leadership and helping plan the senior trip to an international indigenous community.
AIO continues to facilitate work with staff, students and parents that relate to and enhance NACA’s indigenous philosophy and curriculum. They provide presentations in core value work, Indian law and policy, and much more.
Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. There are AmeriCorps members serving at NACA in several capacities and roles.
NACA partners with CNM in many different ways:
- Dual Credit College Program. NACA high school students are enrolled in the dual credit program through a partnership with CNM, a nationally recognized and progressive community college in Albuquerque. This program provides an opportunity for students to take college-level courses to earn high school elective credit simultaneously with college credit when each course is completed satisfactorily. When students graduate from high school they will also have earned an associate’s degree from CNM.
- The Center for Community Programs and Partnerships (C2P2) provides students with academic and non-academic support programs designed to improve the student’s life and academic coursework while enrolled at Central New Mexico Community College. The staff is dedicated to providing students with a safe and exciting learning environment. C2P2 students can build upon their interpersonal skills and leadership development while completing their academic coursework.
- Center for Working Families. A component of the Elev8 initiative is a partnership with CNM-Center for Working Families. Achievement Coach with CNM, Karen Gomez (Laguna Pueblo) provides public benefits screening, financial services, workforce support, legal aid resources, tax preparation and higher educational opportunities to NACA families free of charge. Ms. Gomez is housed within the Student Support Services office and works as an integral part of our program including attending program meetings and collaborating with families.
Elev8 New Mexico partners with local and national organizations to implement a comprehensive, evidence-based program that includes and integrates three “best practices” to provide direct support and services and appealing learning activities to middle school students and their families before/after school, on some weekends and in the summer.
A statewide initiative, the Elev8 New Mexico demonstration phase is being implemented over four years in four diverse middle schools in addition to NACA that include: Gadsden Middle School (by the Mexico border); Laguna Middle School (Pueblo of Laguna); and Grant and Wilson Middle Schools (in urban Albuquerque).
Elev8 New Mexico Components:
(1) Extended Learning (Out of School Time Learning) “OST”
OST offers a diverse choice of relevant, structured learning activities that are fun, challenging, and which reinforce the school curriculum. These activities, carried out with involved families and caring adults, embrace family and culture to promote children’s intellectual, physical and emotional growth for success in school and life. Students are also connected with caring, trained and competent adult mentors.
(2) UNM School Based Health Center
School-based health centers (SBHCs) provide students with easily accessible, user-friendly, age-appropriate preventive, primary, mental and dental health care. SBHC supports, like behavioral or nutritional counseling, are integrated with Extended Day Learning and family services.
(3) Key Family Support and Services: CNM Community College, Center for Working Families
Elev8 New Mexico enhances families’ “financial literacy”””focusing on intricacies of investing, budgeting and managing credit””as well as on accessing economic relief benefits like Earned Income Tax Credits or food stamps when families are eligible.
Other Providers/Services for NACA’s Elev8 Program:
- Southwest Youth Services
- UNM Tribal Service Corps
- Sage Council
- Junior Achievement of NM
- UNM Dream Makers Health Sciences Program
- VSA North Fourth Arts Center
- UNM Wild Friends
- NACA Community Members
The Institute for American Indian Arts, a federally chartered institution that provides higher education in Native American arts and cultures, offers art instruction for NACA students as a part of the art curriculum two days each week. Through the NACA College Preparatory Program, the Institute for American Indian Arts also offers two college-level courses, taught by an adjunct faculty member, right on our own NACA campus. High school students can enroll in the Dual College Degree Program enabling them the opportunity to graduate high school with a degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts.
New Mexico Forum for Youth in Community
NACA and the NM Forum for Youth in Community (NMFYC) have developed a formal partnership to place two Public Allies NM team members at our site to obtain field experience in leadership and organizational development by learning and working with a school community who serves youth and their development. The Public Allies work full time at NACA and are assigned designated tasks based on scope of work that aligns with program and school goals. The NMFYC has been a long partner with NACA in providing training and professional development to the Out of School Time Learning Program staff around positive youth development, organizational development and leadership. Staff members of NMFYC have extensive work and have contributed to the development of NACA’s work with youth in the out of school time field.
The Public Allies program trains young adults in leadership roles across the nation and provides internship positions with partnering non-profits. In collaboration with the New Mexico Forum for Youth in Community, two Public Allies provide 32 hours of service at NACA each week from fall to summer. Public Allies’ mission is to advance new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation. The organization is changing the face and practice of leadership in communities across the country by demonstrating the conviction that everyone can lead, and that lasting social change results when citizens of all backgrounds step up, take responsibility, and work together.
NACA has a strong collaboration with SYS. Not only do we share the campus, we partner on important programs that support Native American youth and communities. Southwest Youth Services manages the Native Youth Wellness Corps Project (NYWC) in partnership with AmeriCorps VISTA & AmeriCorps focusing on social, youth, and economic development with Native communities in New Mexico. The NYWC project addresses pressing youth development needs among Native communities to develop and increase the capacity of local youth resiliency, health & wellness, and prevention support. NACA students participate in youth-led positive youth development projects such as: Youth Advisory Group Project promoting youth resiliency, the Native American Soccer Project, and participate in the Indigenous Soccer Cup to promote positive outcomes through culturally-relevant trainings in youth resiliency, leadership, life-skills, college-preparation, and health & wellness.
The Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health works to provide community oriented services to underserved populations, engage in rural training and workforce development and strengthen the behavioral health services. Since 2007, Charlene Poola, LISW has been detailed to NACA Student Support Services from this department to provide direct clinical services (primarily assessment and groups), as well as to share her invaluable knowledge of Native American behavioral health in New Mexico for program development.
In its policy center role, CLPS primarily focuses on youth matters, leadership for community capacity building, local community projects and inter-governmental or institutional collaboration. CLPS helps community members, leaders, and institutional representatives conduct needs and asset assessments, plan programs, develop youth/adult partnerships, and provide technical assistance and learning support designed to articulate community learning agendas. CLPS works to provide a unique AmeriCorps program to NACA through the Tribal Service Corps program detailed below.
NACA and University of New Mexico Americorps collaborate to offer NACA students with a unique opportunity– the UNM Tribal Service Corps provides a 2.5 hour after school program Monday-Friday at NACA. The Tribal Service Core is a program facilitated by local Native American Undergraduate and Graduate students from the University of New Mexico who believe in supporting our youth. They share their experience and knowledge, serve as positive role models for NACA students and provide a strong out-of-school program that supports NACA students in reaching their academic, physical, social, emotional, and community goals.
University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Center – Family and Community Health Department
Located on the NACA campus and shared with neighboring Wilson Middle School, a team of health care professionals work collaboratively in the school setting to provide primary care, mental health services, referral and prevention as part of a statewide initiative through the New Mexico Community Foundation Elev8 Initiative. The program is administered by the University of New Mexico and offers both behavioral health and psychiatric services to our students, in addition to preventative health and dental care. The program is a collaborative effort with the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Pediatrics. This program supports NACA’s Wellness Program.
NACA works with all New Mexico tribes and pueblos. View Map
- Acoma Pueblo
- *Cochiti Pueblo
- *Isleta Pueblo
- Jemez Pueblo
- Jicarilla Apache Nation
- *Laguna Pueblo
- Mescalero Apache Tribe
- Nambe Pueblo
- *Navajo Nation
- Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo
- Picuris Pueblo
- Pojoaque Pueblo
- *Sandia Pueblo
- *San Felipe Pueblo
- San Ildefonso Pueblo
- *Santa Ana Pueblo
- Santa Clara Pueblo
- Santo Domingo Pueblo
- Taos Pueblo
- Tesuque Pueblo
- *Zia Pueblo
- Zuni Pueblo
To see other collaborative partners please visit our Community Connections page.