Together We Can Make a Difference!
YDI VALENCIA DIRECTORY
MEDICAID ENROLLMENT PROGRAM (NMPCA) is designed to enroll children and their families in Medicaid and SCHIP in Valencia and Bernalillo Counties.
Edwina Moya for appointment 352-3473
Cecilia Vazquez for emergency walk-in 352-3475 (lots of field work, call first)
YDI VALENCIA TEEN COURT is a first offenders program that guides youth through the experience of court from sentence compliance to jury panel. Valencia County youth volunteers are also trained as Teen Court Attorneys to represent the first offender clients.
Devon Caldarera 352-3492
TEEN OUTREACH PROGRAM (TOP) is aimed at reducing teen pregnancy by educating middle school students, raising community awareness and strengthening life & leadership skills.
Devon Caldarera 352-3492
LOW COST CAR SEAT PROGRAM in partnership with Safer New Mexico is designed to provide education and access to low cost car seats to families in need.
Ambar Chavez by appointment 352-3496 (best 459-0460) Needs $20 money order, child (unless pregnant) and vehicle present.
COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATE (CASA) PROGRAM trains community volunteers, appointed by a judge to represent the best interest of a child in court. CASAs provide hope for a brighter future for our children.
Tasa Stromei 352-3483
YDI-VIDA CHILD AND ADULT CARE FOOD PROGRAM ensures that providers serve nutritious meals to children and/or disabled adults in Valencia, Bernalillo and Socorro counties.
Victoria Flores 352-3484
NO EXCUSES-COURTS FOR SPORTS PROGRAM in partnership with Los Lunas Magistrate Court provides financial assistance to income qualifying families for all individual youth activities. Lack of resources should never be an excuse to go without.
Edwina Moya 352-3473 (must pick up/submit application at YDI Valencia) Needs to submit sponsor request application with proof of income-1040 tax form and activity application.
FAMILIES AND CHILDREN TOGETHER (FACT) PROGRAM uses an attachment-based curriculum to improve resiliency and reduce risk factors by focusing on the individual child and the family environment. FACT specializes in At Risk families with children from 0 to 5 years of age but can assess and refer others to ensure that our community families have access to the resources and support needed. Let’s work together to make a difference.
Cyndi Manning 352-3479 or 990-9516
Jeff Aragon 352-3480
SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION & ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM focuses on reducing underage drinking, DWI, binge drinking and tobacco use. In collaboration with law enforcement, youth and community partners we implement strategies to build coalitions, educate, mobilize and change public policy to improve the quality of life in Valencia County.
Ambar Chavez 352-3496 (best 459-0460)
Community Coalition Program/Underage Drinking Prevention and Enforcement Program raises awareness and implements strategies to educate and mobilize to change public policy and improve the quality of life.
No Excuses-Courts for Sports Program provides financial assistance for all individual youth activities of their choice. Kids Should be kept busy and lack of resources should never be an excuse to go without.
What is Teen Court?
YDI-Valencia Teen Court Program is an alternative court where teens are judges and sentenced by a teen jury. All teen court cases are heard at Thirteenth Judicial District Court house 1835 New Mexico 314 Los Lunas, NM 87031 the first Thursday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Teen attorneys facilitate court and also prosecute and defend the misdemeanor cases.
Teen Court does not determine guilt or innocence; Teen Court is for sentencing only. A teen must accept complete responsibility for their offense (s) to be heard in Teen Court.
Teen Court is a way for eligible teens to keep their record clean. If a teen successfully completes his/her sentence the charges and fines are dismissed.
YDI Valencia Teen Court is a first offenders program that guides youth through the experience of court from sentence compliance to jury panel. Valencia County youth volunteers are also trained as Teen Court Attorneys to represent the first offender clients.
Referrals accepted from Juvenile Probation Office, Valencia County Magistrate Courts, Valencia County Municipal Courts, Valencia County Schools and more...
FAMILIES AND CHILDREN TOGETHER (FACT) A Family Support and Development Program
YDI-VIDA Child and Adult Care Food Program ensures that providers serve nutritious meals to children and/or disabled adults in Valencia, Bernalillo and Socorro counties.
Court Appointed Special Advocate Program trains community volunteers, appointed by a judge to represent the best interest of a child in court. CASAs provides hope for a brighter future for our children.
The Low Cost Car Seat Program in partnership with Safer New Mexico is designed to provide education and access to low cost car seats to families in need.
Teen Outreach Program is aimed at reducing teen pregnancy by educating middle school students and raising community awareness and strengthening life and leadership skills.
YDI TOP Youth have raised over $1000 for the Valencia County Animal Shelter. Proceeds are used for shelter maintenance and transportation of shelter critters to no-kill shelters.
Donation of your time or materials can be arranged with Devon Caldarera.
Enforcement of Underage Drinking Laws Program focuses on reducing underage drinking in collaboration with law enforcement.
Education, Employment & Training Division
Eleven years of direct service and or management experience supervising youth programs providing alternative education, drop out prevention, and workforce development for at risk youth.
The Argus Learning for Living Program is a educational and workforce development program that works with high school drop outs between the ages of 16 and 18 to provide GED preparation, computer based instruction, social skills training, job skills and job readiness training, job acquisition assistance and job retention assistance. Outcomes include improved social skills, more prosocial attitudes and behavior, improved job skills and readiness, part-time summer employment, internships and increased educational attainment.
For questions on recruitment process for Argus, please contact Natalie Chavez at 352-3457.
Provides workforce training, mentoring, and work experience opportunities to youth ages 14-21 interested in the construction or healthcare industries. Program provided throughout Central New Mexico.
For more information call 505-352-3466
The Computer Clubhouse is designed to give youth ages six to eighteen (6-18) access to computer technology. Adult and peer mentors work with each individual to explore ideas, nurture their talent, and build self-esteem through the use of technology.
The GED program provides GED preparation and instruction for youth ages 16-24 that have dropped out of school. The program is also a workforce program and offers employment training to all students. The program assists students in obtaining gainful employment by completing their education and training for career-readiness. Each participant will need to qualify through HUD Income guidelines.
The C-Core program recruits professionals from the home building and construction field to become mentors for youth ages 16-18. The goal of the program is to provide a positive role model in the lives of our youth and help expose them to this industry to lead them on a career pathway. Mentors will spend 1 one hour a week with their mentees and participate in quarterly community service projects. Training is provided for all mentors and mentees and YDI staff will be available throughout the relationship to ensure proper communication and to assist the mentor.
For more information please call 505-352-2336
The Medicaid Enrollment Program enrolls eligible children in both Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Families receive assistance in the enrollment process to ensure that children receive appropriate health care. YDI enrolls over 200 children per month and during the enrollment process refers families to other social service and health care service providers.
For more information call 505-352-3463
QOP is a drop out prevention program that works with a 9th grade students from West Mesa High School to provide tutoring, mentoring, social skills training and leadership training. The goals of QOP are to elevate the proficiency of participants to increase their grade level, improve grades, reduce truancy, reduce drop outs, reduce crime and other problem behavior, enhance leadership skills, and increase the likelihood that participants will continue to post-secondary education. Case management is provided to all students throughout their 4 years in high school to ensure they graduate. Monetary stipends are available to all participants for participation in the program.
The Stay-In-School program is a drop-out prevention program that operates during the school year only and serves students in high school ages 14-21.
This program was designed to help those who are unemployed to upgrade their employability skills to find good jobs or those who are underemployed and want to advance in their present job. It will prepare participants for the workplace, with high quality training covering job readiness, workplace expectations, life and employability skills, workplace communication and problem solving and entry level occupational skills.
Through the New Mexico Workforce Connection, YDI operates the Workforce Investment Act program (WIA) in the Central Region of New Mexico; Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia, and Torrance counties. YDI staff are located in each county in the One-Stop office developed by the Workforce Connection of Central New Mexico (WCCNM) and the Central Region governing board of WIA. YDI is co-located with other WIA providers including the New Mexico Department of Labor, Job Corps, ABE, TANF, and many more.