Developed from the community up--the intent was to move from programs to standards rather then the other way around. The Elements were supported by CNYD with direct support from Sam Piha who had launched similar efforts in California.
Approximately 40 organizations supported the strategy process facilitated by Frances Varella. CNYD supported the design of the RBA process and report out. Over a two month period, the group identified four strategy approaches (i.e., Legislative, Budget, Administrative, and No Cost/Low Cost) and six key strategies. The strategy document also identified specific barriers and challenges, as well partners with a role to play. This report was presented to Lt. Governor Diane Denish.
With support from Janelle Cousino and Sam Piha of CNYD. Message elements developed and collaterial materials, as well as audience targets.
NM Forum for Youth in Community invited to launch a NM Network and join the national statewide afterschool networks efforts focused on three primary goals.
Afterschool providers and local officials came together, as well as youth and parents, across 11 communities in NM to talk about programming, needs in the out-of-school time, and quality standards. Out of these discussions, transportation issues and the need for a community learning structure to transfer best/promising practice became evident.
Clarence Hogue Jr. became 2nd Coordinator. Renee Paisano Trujillo was hired as he founding Network Coordinator. She assumed the Deputy Director position within the NM Forum for youth in Community, providing oversight to three network focus areas, the NMOSTN being one.