SANTA FE — NDI New Mexico was awarded a $5,000 grant in March from the Continuous Pathways Foundation in Pojoaque.
The funding was used to support NDI New Mexico’s programs in Pojoaque and the Española Valley during the end of the 2019-20 school year.
NDI New Mexico’s North Program serves 545 Northern New Mexico children and 9 public and BIE elementary schools through participation in NDI New Mexico’s transformative outreach in-school and advanced training programs.
Participation in these programs has been shown to lead to significant improvements in children’s skills, attitudes and behaviors related to academic engagement, confidence, discipline, physical fitness, risk-taking, and well-being.
March 13, 2020, schools statewide were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, students were required to learn remotely from home, and NDI New Mexico’s North End-of-Year performance was cancelled.
In response, NDI New Mexico rapidly developed and implemented new online programming in support of the public schools’ effort to deliver remote learning and to help children stay healthy and engaged during the crisis. This work follows the New Mexico Department of Health’s public health mandate and COVID-19 safe practices and aims to be a light in the darkness of COVID-19 for children in New Mexico.
In the 2020-2021 school year, our digital content developed to serve New Mexico public schools will allow us to reach the children of New Mexico once again with our beloved dance and youth development programming. We have created a system of high-quality online classes that are a mix of live virtual instruction and prerecorded instruction led by our talented NDI New Mexico instructors. This system will allow us to continue to support existing program schools, as well as reach new schools for the 2020-21 school year.
About the Continuous Pathways Foundation
The Continuous Pathways Foundation supports the cultivation and continuation of culture, education, leadership, community and individual wellness, and economic independence for the Pueblo of Pojoaque and northern New Mexico region.
The Continuous Pathways Foundation was established in 2013 as a nonprofit organization to help bring stability and self-sufficiency to the Pueblo of Pojoaque and the region. The Foundation is an independent entity that is outside of tribal government and Pueblo enterprises.
About NDI New Mexico
NDI New Mexico is founded with the knowledge that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate children. The purpose of our distinctive programs is to help children develop discipline, a standard of excellence and a belief in themselves that will carry over into all aspects of their lives. NDI New Mexico began its school-year programming in 1994, and to date has reached over 125,000 children across New Mexico. NDI New Mexico’s programs teach the Core Four values, encouraging children to do their best, never give up, work hard and be healthy. For more information call 505.557.6080, or visit www.ndi-nm.org.