YDI awarded 11 scholarships for the Spring 2015 semester to young adults pursuing their education at institutes of higher learning. The scholarships ranged from $250 to $750 and were granted to support costs associated with tuition, fees, and/or books. YDI is proud to support youth continuing their education and is thankful to all our partners, collaborators and sponsors that help make this happen. Scholarship recipients will become part of the YDI Scholarship Alumni and give back to the community through volunteer work, mentoring, speaking at or planning YDI events.
Estevan Stark is a student at the University of New Mexico majoring in Environmental Planning and Design. “I enjoy bringing the community together and working with them to create more vibrant and sustainable communities,” said Estevan.
Pictured: Estevan is congratulated by Mr. Larry Fortess, Chief Operations Officer at YDI.
Viridiana Anaya is a student at the University of New Mexico majoring in Sociology. “I want to be a leader in my community and encourage other people to overcome obstacles to improve their lives,” said Viridiana.
Pictured: Viridiana is congratulated by Ms. Debra Baca, Interim President/CEO of YDI.
YDI EXPANDS SERVICES IN VALENCIA COUNTY
YDI is pleased to announce the State of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) has awarded YDI a new grant to serve the residents of Valencia County. Recent data reveals that in Valencia County 198 of 2, 289 children from Valencia County are in CYFD’s Protective Services custody, ranking second behind Bernalillo County.
With these factors in mind, YDI’s Prevention, Intervention and Treatment Division (PIT) is awarded a $660,500.00 grant to provide child abuse prevention and support services for families in Valencia County.
With these new monies, it remains YDI’s mission “to work with our community to help children, youth and families achieve their full potential.” In doing so, YDI Valencia will be providing, in Home, Family Support and Re-unification services to the citizens of Valencia County. In the past six months, YDI has been selected as a recipient of the Early Head Start Expansion and Child Care Partnership Grant, Youth Build and now it’s newest grant to provide child abuse prevention and support services for families in Valencia County. Ms. Debra Baca, YDI’s Interim President and CEO stated “The award of these new grants is an indication of the needs in our communities, as well as a demonstration of the great work and services that are being provided by YDI’s employees”. For more information about the new program in Valencia County, please contact (505) 352-3441.
To Report suspected child abuse or neglect by calling #SAFE (#7233) from a cell phone or 1-855-333-SAFE.
YDI formalizes partnerships with First Fruits Christian Academy and St. Marks in the Valley Dayschool to offer high quality Early Head Start services.
Youth Development, Inc. has officially formalized their partnerships with private child care providers, First Fruits Christian Academy and St. Marks in the Valley Dayschool. This award was recently announced and its intent is to provide 80 Early Head Start opportunities for infants and toddlers 6 weeks to 3 years old. The grant calls for a partnership between private child care centers and YDI. The purpose of the grant is to collaborate and train private providers on high quality Early Head Services. The grant award is for $1,551,325.
YDI has selected wonderful partners with St. Marks in the Valley Dayschool (Tory Pruitt, Center Director) and First Fruits Christian Academy (Pastor Dennis Dunn and Laverne Dunn, Center Director). These are the individuals who are vested in the community and want to serve infants, toddlers and families using the high quality standards of the Early Head Start model. In our opinion, Head Start is the best and most comprehensive child development program in the country!
YDI EARLY HEAD START IS NOW HIRING 20 EARLY HEAD START TEACHERS
Do you enjoy working with young children? Do you want to make a change in the lives of children? Then YDI Early Head Start wants you! In following the recent awarding of the Early Head Start Expansion and Child Care Partnership Grant, YDI Early Head Start is now hiring 20 Early Head Start teachers to work with infants and toddlers. YDI is recruiting highly energetic Early Head Start teachers who enjoy working with infants and toddlers. For more information, please contact the YDI Human Resources Department. Call (505) 352-3444 or apply at our Main Office at 6301 Central Ave. NW Albuquerque, NM 87105
On February 6th and 7th YDI Head Start was honored to welcome Howard Glasser to Albuquerque for two trainings on Awakening the Greatness in Children Transforming Intensity to Immensity Through the Nurtured Heart Approach®
Howard Glasser, the creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach® and Founder of the Children’s Success Foundation, has been a featured guest on CNN, a consultant for 48 Hours, and has consulted for numerous psychiatric, judicial, and educational programs. Howard is the author of 8 books including Transforming the Difficult Child, currently the top-selling book on ADHD.
These trainings were open to YDI staff, Head Start parents and community members. Over 180 people attended.