ENLACE stands for Engaging LAtino Communities for Education. This project is a multiyear initiative to strengthen the K-20 educational pipeline and increase opportunities for Latinas/os to enter and complete college. ENLACE aims to serve as a catalyst to strengthen partnerships and create coalitions among Hispanic-serving institutions (colleges and universities with 25 percent or more Hispanic enrollment), K-12 school districts, communities, businesses, families, and other funders that are working to increase opportunities for Latinos to enter and complete college. ENLACE in New Mexico was initially funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and is now funded by the New Mexico State Legislature.


College Awareness

National Council for Community and Education Partnerships. This site provides students with access to many college awareness programs that assist them in applying for college.

College Navigator – Use the search engine to help sort colleges by location, level of degree seeking, institution type, or degree program.

Early Awareness – This site provides information on preparing academically and financially for college.

Career Cruising is a self-exploration and planning program that helps people of all ages achieve their potential in school, career and life.

College Readiness

Go College Tap into links that will help students find money to fund their education and get the most out of their college experience.

Know How to Go: Great bilingual site for learning about requirements that need to be fulfilled at each grade level to help a student get ready for college. It provides information in both English and Spanish.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Resources


The 360 Strategy takes an innovative three-pronged approach to combating heroin/opioid use through Law Enforcement, Diversion, and Community Outreach.

Positive Discipline is a program developed by Dr. Jane Nelsen. It is based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs and designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. Positive Discipline teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults (including parents, teachers, childcare providers, youth workers, and others).

Recent research tells us that children are hardwired from birth to connect with others, and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school are less likely to misbehave. To be successful, contributing members of their community, children must learn necessary social and life skills. Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline teaches.


  1. Is Kind and Firm at the same time. (Respectful and encouraging)
  2. Helps children feel a sense of Belonging and Significance. (Connection)
  3. Is Effective Long-Term. (Punishment works short term, but has negative long-termresults.)
  4. Teaches valuable Social and Life Skills for good character. (Respect, concern for others, problem-solving, accountability, contribution, cooperation)
  5. Invites children to discover how Capable they are and to use their personal power inconstructive ways. 

The Positive Discipline Parent Education and Classroom Management models are aimed at developing mutually respectful relationships. Positive Discipline teaches adults to employ kindness and firmness at the same time, and is neither punitive nor permissive.

The tools and concepts of Positive Discipline include:

  • Mutual respect. Adults model firmness by respecting themselves and the needs of the situation, and kindness by respecting the needs of the child.
  • Identifying the belief behind the behavior. Effective discipline recognizes the reasons kids do what they do and works to change those beliefs, rather than merely attempting to change behavior.
  • Effective communication and problem solving skills.
  • Discipline that teaches (and is neither permissive nor punitive).
  • Focusing on solutions instead of punishment.
  • Encouragement (instead of praise). Encouragement notices effort and improvement, not just success, and builds long-term self-esteem and empowerment. 

Unique characteristics of the Positive Discipline Model also include:

  • Teaching adults and students through experiential activities. Creating opportunity to practice new skills and to have fun learning by doing.
  • Classroom discipline programs and parent education programs that are consistent. Parents, teachers, and childcare providers can work together to provide a secure, consistent environment for children.
  • Inexpensive training and ongoing support so members of communities can teach each other Positive Discipline skills.
  • Certified trainers across the country who can work with schools and communities.

Tewa Women United
Located in the ancestral Tewa homelands of Northern New Mexico, Tewa Women United is a multicultural and multiracial organization founded and led by Native women. The name “Tewa Women United” comes from the Tewa words wi don gi mu which can be translated as “we are one” in mind, heart, and in the spirit of love for all.

Enriching your childs education


AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

AVID targets students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but are falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. AVID pulls these students out of their unchallenging courses and puts them on the college track: acceleration instead of remediation.

The AVID Elective -— AVID students enroll in their school’s toughest classes, such as honors and Advanced Placement, and also in the AVID elective. For one period a day, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and asking probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. Their self-images improve, and they become academically successful leaders and role models for other students. 

Visit http://avidonline.org for more information on the AVID program.

Teacher Professional Development — The AVID elective class is led by a teacher who has been trained in the program’s methodologies. Teachers and administrators from throughout the school and district attend AVID’s Summer Institutes, where they learn techniques for bringing out the best in average students. In this way, AVID students are supported in content-area classrooms as well as in the AVID elective, and even more students can benefit from the AVID program. Curriculum — The AVID curriculum, based on rigorous standards, was developed by middle and senior high school teachers in collaboration with college professors. It is driven by the WIC-R method, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, and reading. AVID curriculum is used in AVID elective classes, in content-area classes in AVID schools, and even in schools where the AVID elective is not offered.

Building Leaders Who Make a Better World

The NSLS is an organization that helps people discover and achieve their goals. The NSLS offers life-changing lectures from the nation’s leading presenters and a community where like-minded, success-oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed. The NSLS also serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world.

The guiding question we established to shape all the important decisions the organization makes is: “Are we helping the greatest number of people in the greatest way?” When asked how he might sum up the key thing that the NSLS does, founder Gary Tuerack shared, “We are dream supporters – we build leaders, support people in achieving their dreams, and better the world in the process. We get people to ask the all-important question, ‘What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?’ and then help them to achieve those goals.”

Students and Financial Literacy https://www.annuity.org/financial-literacy/students/ A college education is one of the most important investments you will ever make. By managing how you pay for school and what you spend money on, you can worry less about debt and more about your career come graduation time. Receiving scholarships can greatly reduce how much you pay for college. Scholarships come in many shapes, sizes – and dollar amounts. Many students receive partial scholarships from different sources.


Northeastern New Mexico ENLACE Staff:

Ron Martínez
Director, Ben Lujan Leadership and Public Policy Institute Northeastern New Mexico ENLACE Director

Alma Rivera
Northeastern New Mexico ENLACE Coordinator Northern New Mexico College

Erwin Rivera
ENLACE Community Resource/Family Specialist
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