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Unidos Project Community Forum and Resource Fair

Saturday, August 15, 2015, 10am – 2pm

West Mesa High School, 6701 Fortuna Rd., NW 87121

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The Unidos Project will host its’ Fall Community Resource Fair on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 10am-2pm at West Mesa High School, 6701 Fortuna Rd. NW in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The goal of the Community Resource Fair is to provide bilingual information regarding education, health and career opportunities to community members through a number of interactive and informational resource tables from local businesses, health providers, and other community organizations. Lunch and a Learning Zone for children 3 and up will be available. There will also be giveaways and prizes for participants. Zumba demonstrations, live radio remotes and other special activities will also be featured. The event is free and open to the entire community. 

 “The Community Resource Fairs are an excellent way for the families and students of West Mesa High School, and throughout APS, to become more aware of the variety of services, beyond education, offered at our school and throughout our community,” said Dr. Jozi De Leon, VP for Equity and Inclusion, UNM and Principal Investigator, Unidos Project. “We understand the critical role health and social issues have in the educational success of our students and their families.”

Over 400 people attended the Spring Community Resource Fair in March 2014 and expressed their appreciation for being able to access information for health, education and career needs in one location.


Exhibitors at this year’s Resource Fair include:

ACE Leadership High

Aging & Long Term Services Department

Alamosa Public Health Office

Albuquerque GED, Inc.

Albuquerque Public Schools

American Heart Association

APS Medicaid Enrollment Project

Blue Cross Blue Shield New Mexico

Center for Educational Opportunity, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Santa Fe

Central New Mexico Community College

Centro Savila

CHI St. Joseph's Children

Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women

El Centro de la Raza



FCACC/Mission: Graduate

Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity

Health Action New Mexico

Health Leadership High School

Healthy Choice Health Fair

High School Equivalency Program

Myo Cardiovascular/Cosmedic Clinic

New Mexico CPR Associates

New Mexico Crisis and Access Line

New Mexico Gay Straight Alliance Network

New Mexico Office of Superintendent of Insurance

NM Department of Health-Women, Infant, 
     and Children (WIC) Program


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   Media Arts Collaborative Charter School

   NM Primary Care Association

   Office of Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham

   Open Skies Healthcare

   Parents Reaching Out

   Partnership for Community Action/Abriendo Puertas

   Pegasus Legal Services for Children

   Presbyterian Health Plan

   Running Start for Careers - Office of Mayor Richard J. Berry

   United Healthcare

   University of New Mexico

   Vessel Health

   YDI Elev8/WMHS WorkKeys

   YDI Fourth Street Outreach

   Youth Development Inc Alamosa Office

   Youth Voices in Action for Change (VIA)

“The success of the first Resource Fair highlighted the need families have for information presented in a safe and open environment as we work together to meet our goal of increasing graduation rates,” added De Leon.

The goals for the Community Resource Fair are:

  • To provide a direct and tangible benefit, information and resources to community participants with support of local businesses, community and service organizations, schools, colleges and universities.
  • To meet the needs of our community by bringing together organizations that are willing to work collaboratively on these efforts.

The Unidos Project, one of thirteen projects in eleven states nationwide selected as a recipient of the Lumina Latino Student Success Initiative Grant. Additional information regarding the Unidos Project and the Resource Fair can be found by visiting http:///


 About the Unidos Project:

The Unidos Project is built around a “no wrong gate” approach that allows students to flow freely through our educational system, with appropriate support and direction to remain on course, and with minimal barriers to impede their movement.  By creating a culture of collaboration across numerous entities, the overall goal of the Unidos Project is to produce 55,000 post-secondary degrees and credentials for Latinos in Bernalillo County by the year 2025, by increasing Latino high school graduation rates, enrolling more Latinos in postsecondary education, and graduating more Latinos from our institutions of higher education. 

 The Unidos partners include representatives from six key sectors: Albuquerque Public Schools (K-12 education), the University of New Mexico (higher education), Central New Mexico Community College (higher education), the Center for Education Policy Research (higher education), El Centro de la Raza (higher education), the College Board (higher education), Youth Development, Inc. (community-based organization), the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce (employers), ENLACE (community-based and Latino-serving organizations), Innovate+Educate (employers), the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Community Schools Partnership (policy leadership), Partnership for Community Action, Catholic Charities, Encuentro, ABQ GED, Families United for Education and State Representative and NM House Majority Leader/ House Education Committee Chairman Rick Miera (policy leadership).

Media Contact:
Lorena Blanco-Silva

Communications Manager
Unidos Project
505-277-1238 – phone
505-227-0777 – cell 

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