Community Consciousness

The Enchanted Circle Festival supports our local communities by raising consciousness and awareness of important local and regional community causes in Northern New Mexico. Important community causes represented at this summer’s festival will be announced soon at this website.

Following is a list of community resources that support important causes for local and regional communities in Northern New Mexico:

TAOS YOUTH COLLABORATIVE (http://www.taosyouthcollaborative.org)

Through powerful network of providers TYC provides positive youth development, “the ongoing growth process in which all youth are engaged in attempting to (1) meet their basic personal and social needs to be safe, feel cared for, be valued, be useful, and be spiritually grounded, and (2) to build skills and competencies that allow them to function and contribute in their daily lives.”

TAOS-UNM LITERACY CENTER (http://taos.unm.edu/theliteracycenter/index.html)

“UNM-Taos Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program offers instruction in basic literacy, General Education Development (GED) preparation in both Spanish and English, and English as a Second Language (ESL) for adult students who are at least 16 years of age. GED Grad – If your goal is to attain a GED, get a better job, be ready for college, learn to speak English, or simply improve your reading, writing and math skills, this program is for you. We have students from very beginning to more advanced skill levels; those who want to be able to read to their children and grandchildren and others who wish to enroll at UNM-Taos but don’t feel they are quite ready.”

“These academic programs are free of charge. Classes are offered during the days, evenings, and Saturdays. We also have a computer lab for independent work and the help of volunteer tutors to provide one-on-one instruction. Classes are offered throughout the community, including at the Taos Public Library, the Taos Youth and Family Center, the Taos High School, and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.”

TAOS MEN ENGAGED IN NON-VIOLENCE (http://www.nonviolentmen.org)

Mission: “to inspire, train and empower men and boys to lead lives of nonviolence.”

Vision: “a world in which men once again perform their traditional role of raising boys to be productive, respectful and nonviolent members of society…a world in which leaders model the highest standards of what it means to be a man. . . a world in which men are involved, skilled and responsible fathers.”

Goal: “to perfect The MEN Model and The MEN Programs here in the multi-cultural crossroads of Taos, New Mexico, and to establish a center for training men from communities all across America.”

TEAMBUILDERS COUNSELING SERVICES (http://www.teambuilders-counseling.org)

“The MISSION of TeamBuilders is to provide a comprehensive array of individualized services designed to empower our children, families, and community.”

“The VISION of TeamBuilders is unconditional care… for its clients, its employees, and its communities; is impacting the lives of others, by helping them to recognize and develop their strengths, and to acknowledge and overcome their limitations; is working to improve our quality of life, child by child, family by family, employee by employee, and organization by organization; TeamBuilders has the potential of some day touching everyone who lives in the communities it serves. TeamBuilders is the Vision, the Vision is the belief system, Hold the Vision!”

ROCKY MOUNTAIN YOUTH CORPS (http://youthcorps.org)

“Rocky Mountain Youth Corps inspires young adults to make a difference in themselves and their communities.  Through training and team service, RMYC is a stepping stone to new opportunities.”

PASO A PASO NETWORK (http://pasoapasonetwork.org)

The Paso a Paso Network “brings together organizations in Taos and western Colfax  Counties which serve families with children prenatal to 8 years old. Network members are health, education and social service organizations in Taos and the surrounding areas. Paso a Paso bridges the gap between these organizations, allowing them to work together to bring families the best possible care when it counts the most.”

Paso a Paso Network Vision -  “Children in Taos and western Colfax Counties will live in an environment that promotes optimum health and development, with parents who are able to support, guide and advocate for them in a culture of community collaboration.”

OUTSIDE IN PRODUCTIONS (http://www.outsideinproductions.org)

“OUTSIDE IN is a non-profit, community-based organization established in 1995 to bring free, live, professional music, dance and other artistic presentations to people who are confined in shelters, residential treatment facilities, correctional facilities, and nursing homes in New Mexico and who do not otherwise have access to the Arts.”

“Our mission is to alleviate suffering, lift the spirits, and ease the loneliness and sense of abandonment that is so common among confined and institutionalized populations, through access to the performing arts by providing a continuous series of live performances and presentations. We also seek to educate, inspire and empower troubled and high-risk youth by offering them continuous arts workshops and instruction.”

“A major focus of Outside In is our Youth With Promise program (http://www.outsideinproductions.org/youth-with-promise), which offers weekly art, music and dance educational workshops for high-risk youth, juvenile offenders, and other underserved youth.”

NEW MEXICO FORUM FOR YOUTH (http://www.nmforumforyouth.org)

“The New Mexico Forum for Youth in Community (the Forum) functions as a statewide network intermediary that is both a catalyst and support to the positive youth development movement. In fulfilling this role, the Forum engages three strategic intentions:”

  • “Being the catalyst for a paradigm shift in the youth development field from a deficit to an assets framework.”
  • “Facilitating the building of a broad community of stakeholders who are guided by positive youth development principles working toward a common set of positive youth outcomes.”
  • “Supporting the positive youth development community of stakeholders by providing tools, training and technical assistance to get from paradigm shift to sustained quality practice.”

COMMUNITY AGAINST VIOLENCE (http://www.taoscav.org/en/)

“The mission of Community Against Violence, Inc. (CAV) is to foster and support communities free from all forms of domestic and sexual violence.  CAV is the only non-profit agency in Taos County exclusively addressing the needs of victims of domestic/sexual violence.”

“CAV’s roots date back to 1978. That year several domestic violence disputes resulted in deaths and the County saw an increase in reported rapes. Two different groups of local woman began volunteer-run crisis phone lines and offered emergency shelter and crisis intervention out of their homes. The Battered Women’s Project and Community Against Rape each incorporated as a non-profit and formed Boards of Directors functioning independently until 1992 when they banded together and formed what was then called the Community Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.”

BRIDGES – PROJECT FOR EDUCATION (http://www.bridgesproject.org)

“Supporting students on their path to college. We strive to expand college access and improve college retention for students of all ages, with an emphasis on first-generation students. We know that helping students earn college and vocational degrees can be an effective way to increase their ability to contribute positively to the broader economy and social welfare of our community.”