October 23, 2015

Santa Fe Mayor Previews Youth Summit, Highlights Youth-Identified Community Needs Survey in Monday Press Conference

Santa Fe, NM – In a Monday morning press conference at 10:00AM at Council Chambers in City Hall, Mayor Javier Gonzales, joining members of his youth advisory board, the Santa Fe Public Schools, the Department of Workforce Solutions, and other community partners will release the results of a first-of-its-kind city commissioned youth needs survey and preview a day-long Youth Summit slated for Tuesday morning at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center.

Monday’s press conference will bring together the Mayor, Department of Workforce Solutions Secretary Celina Bussey, Children, Youth & Families Department Secretary Monique Jacobson, Santa Fe Public Schools, Santa Fe High School student and Chair of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board Brittany Gurule, Capitol High Student and SWAT (Student Wellness Action Team) Member Anthony Rivera Ibarra, and other partners for a conversation about the survey results and the goals for Tuesday’s Summit.

The Summit comes on the heels of and addresses the needs identified in the initial youth survey, commissioned by the City of Santa Fe Children and Youth Commission and carried out by the Story of Place Institute, in which young people in Santa Fe identified a range of needs, obstacles and goals for the Santa Fe Community and the services provided to young people.

The Youth Summit is an extension of the Mayor’s efforts to engage young people, promote overall wellbeing and extend opportunities to kids growing up in Santa Fe.

Mayor Gonzales partnered with Eagle Rock, a national leader in Youth Advocacy to develop a data-driven framework for “next-steps” revolving around the outcomes identified through the 2015 Teen Survey.

Santa Fe’s kids face a vast array of challenges, including a population of young people who are disconnected from both school and work, a high rate of poverty, bullying, suicide, truancy, and lack of access to the workforce.

Mayor Gonzales has launched several initiatives to address these challenges in partnership with the education, non-profit, foundation and youth communities, including the Youth Advisory Board, the Children, Youth and Families Community Cabinet, Children and Youth Commission, and the Mayor’s Campaign to End Bullying.

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About Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock, a nonprofit Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of the American Honda Motor Company, is both a school for high school age students and a professional development center for educators. The school is a year-round, residential, and full-scholarship school that enrolls young people ages 15-17 from around the United States in an innovative learning program with national recognition.

The Professional Development Center works with educators from around the country who are interested in engaging in education renewal and reform. The Professional Development Center works with educators committed to making high school a more engaging experience for our country’s youth.

We envision this country’s high schools as high functioning centers of engagement and learning. We accelerate school improvement and support implementation of engaging practices that foster each students’ unique potential and help young people use their minds well.

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