Bailey Raye Martinez , the new director of the Youth Activity Centers with her daughter 3-year-old Maddy Raye Cordova. Courtesy photo
Youth Activity Center News:
Fall is a wonderful time for youth in grades third through eighth to visit the Los Alamos Youth Activity Center. There are many activities, friendly staff, and the best blast from the past to grace the halls in quite a while.
Former staff member Bailey Raye Martinez has returned to the Youth Activity Centers, as director of the program, as the Los Alamos Family Council celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2022. While she knew she always loved children since her working life began in 2013, her world changed when she joined the team in 2016.
“I was so happy to know that there was a place where the young children from the community and surrounding communities could come together in a safe and inclusive place to be free to express themselves,” Martinez said. “I instantly fell in love with the work, the staff, and many people who contributed to this organization. This world needs more people who genuinely care about the future of our world, and it all starts with our children.”
She loves working with children and helping them to become resilient, as they travel this journey. At the YAC, she is able to create the programs and hire the staff that allow the youth of our region to gain those skills. She is thrilled to now lead the Youth Activity Centers and be a part of the larger Los Alamos Family Council, and their goal of emotional and social wellbeing through education, prevention, and counseling.
She has studied at the University of New Mexico, earning a degree in liberal arts. She then continued with Northern New Mexico College, earning a degree in psychology. Her next track will take her toward a degree in Management at Grand Canyon University.
Her first focus with the two activity centers in Los Alamos and White Rock is to build back the youth center program.
“COVID did a number on the program, and I am hoping to bring in more YAC members,” Martinez said. “I would also like to bring back a sense of belonging for youth and their families.”
She plans to focus on generosity, with staff and students, allowing them to seek opportunity to value and practice serving others. She plans to include community awareness, family engagement and educate the community, that they are there to help and serve, in the best way possible.
Martinez knows the importance of family, she is mother to 3-year-old Maddy Raye Cordova with her husband Curtis Cordova. The family enjoys time together, and the great outdoors. Bailey is on a path to success at the Youth Activity Centers and the future looks very bright in her capable hands.
The activity centers are on Facebook at LosAlamosYAC and check out the Family Council website at www.lafamilycouncil.org.