Community leaders, service providers, youth, teachers and parents work together to create programs that have a positive impact on our youth.
The Los Alamos Community Health Council is currently funded by the county and exists to take the lead in community health improvement for Los Alamos. Our membership represents all areas of health related services and we complete a community health profile every 2 years in order to give direction to health planning, coordination and development of health programs and services. At present, we partner with the JJAB because one of the top 6 health priorities is Youth Risk behaviors and support for asset-based programs. The council gets regular updates from JJAB staff on their efforts to address youth issues and we work together on ways to inform our community of these programs, needs and successes.
Family Strengths Network provides educational and fun activities to all types of families, parents, teens, and children. Through our work, Family Strengths Network improves the quality of family life for generations. FSN is a private non-profit organization that has been serving Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico since 1989.
FSN knows you have a vision for your family. Whatever your family looks like, whatever your stage of life, we have the resources to make that vision a reality. Come discover what proactive families already know: FSN helps families reach their unique goals.
The Vision of the LANL Community Programs Office is to effect positive and sustainable impact on our region's economy, education system, and quality of life. Their mission is to be the lead organization for developing community support to accomplish LANL's national security and science mission by: (a) connecting LANL with Northern New Mexico, (b) providing clear communications, and (c) managing the LANS community investments. The Community Programs Office provides support to the JJAB through representation on the board and resource assistance.
LACDC is a private, not-for-profit corporation that serves Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico. LACDC programs and projects focus on economic and community development. The LACDC delivers actionable information, provides customer focused services, and takes initiative on behalf of the community to promote sustainable economic progress. They oversee the Assets in Action program.
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board is an established non-profit organization located in Los Alamos County. Created in 2004 through a joint effort of the Los Alamos School Board and the Los Alamos County Council, JJAB is recognized within Los Alamos County and statewide as a leader in prevention and intervention initiatives for youth. Los Alamos County currently contracts with the JJAB to provide community youth prevention and intervention services. This funding provides vital support and allows the organization to be responsive to community needs and offer the full spectrum of youth services from prevention to intervention.
The mission of Los Alamos Family Council, Inc. is to promote emotional and social well being through advocacy, education, prevention, and counseling.
The JJAB works in close partnership with the Los Alamos Public Schools to provide students with enrichment and leadership opportunities, truancy intervention services, connection to community programs and resources, and academic support to improve attendance and graduation rates.
Our focus at The Family YMCA is on nurturing youth development, energizing healthy living and inspiring social responsibility—our community is stronger and healthier because of the impact we make on the lives of people. Though our partnership with JJAB, we are able to engage and inspire teenagers through Los Alamos Youth Leadership (LAYL), Youth Mobilizers, Fifth Quarters, and the Prom/Homecoming After Parties.
The Hilltop Spot provides a safe place for teenagers attending Los Alamos High School to congregate, study, play video games, and have fun. Admission to the teen center if free to Los Alamos Teenagers and individuals attending the Los Alamos School District. The Los Alamos Hilltop Spot is funded by Los Alamos County. The Family YMCA administers the contract. The Hilltop Spot is free for all teenagers attending Los Alamos High School or being home schooled in Los Alamos County. Daily attendance averages between 65 to 70 teenagers.
Los Alamos Teen Center Facebook page
Teen Court is a nationally recognized early intervention and restorative justice program for juveniles (ages 12-18). It is a diversionary court that keeps first time teen offenders with traffic infractions and misdemeanor offenses out of the traditional court system. The teen accepts responsibility for their offense, appears before a judge, and their peers, and is sentenced. The teen faces consequences that help them to learn from their mistakes and make amends for their actions. The sanctions are determined by the Teen Court jury, and usually include community service and jury duty at future Teen Court hearings. Other possible sanctions can include, being required to write an essay, letters of apology, educational programs, gender-specific programs, and substance abuse prevention workshops.
A hands-on educational service learning opportunity for students to develop a sustainable, local food system. The project benefits the entire school district and is engaging the community in building a garden and greenhouse at Los Alamos Middle School. The project is funded by a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board and represents a collaboration of community organizations including the Family YMCA, Los Alamos Public Schools, Los Alamos County, Kiwanis, the Los Alamos Food Co-op, Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, and others.
The Y is working in partnership with the Schools, the Chamber of Commerce, Pajarito Environmental Education Center, The Co-op, Ecolutions, and a myriad other community entities and volunteers to make this project a success. We are in need of expertise, volunteers, and donations of materials or financial support to help develop this project. Please contact Sylvan Argo at the Y at 662-3100 X 34.
La Youth Food Project
The JJAB continues to advocate for a Teen Center in Los Alamos County which will provide a safe place for teens to gather, learn, and express themselves. The JJAB sees this as an opportunity to create alternatives for youth to risk-taking behaviors. The current bridge teen center has been successfully hosting Envision Your Future for Boys since the Spring of 2011. A larger Teen Center would provide a venue for expanded youth programs and meet the need for such a youth-focused community space which is currently lacking. In May, the JJAB rallied board members, community partners, and youth to attend County meetings to further advocate for the funding of a permanent Teen Center. The JJAB's continued sponsorship and advocacy culminated in the County allocating four million dollars for Teen Center infrastructure.