Category Archives: Education

Mentor 2.0 – Freshman Year Through Graduation

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According to the New Mexico Public Education Department, the current high school graduation rate in our state is under 70 percent. What can be done to bring up graduation rates in local schools?

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New Mexico is matching high school students in some Albuquerque schools with mentors who can offer support and guidance for students from the time they enter high school through graduation. The program is different than the traditional BBBS mentoring model and it aims to help make sure students make it through high school and earn their diploma.


Angela Reed-Padilla, BBBS of Central New Mexico
Jesus Ontiveros, mentor and senior manager at Sandia National Laboratories


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June is National LGBTQ Pride month. This year’s Albuquerque Pride parade will take place on June 13. This week on New Mexico in Focus, we learn about some of the challenges faced by young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. We also discuss what programs and policies might help young people feel more secure in their schools.

Amber Royster, executive director of Equality New Mexico
Erin Northern, co-chair of the Albuquerque chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Robyn Weekooty, high school junior

Learn More:

From Equality New Mexico – Know Your Rights: Students and Youth

GLSEN researches issues related to LGBT young people. National reports are here.

GLSEN 2015 National School Climate Survey

PUBLIC SQUARE on New Mexico PBS brings together community members and elected officials to talk about key issues in our state. In 2013, Public Square focused on challenges faced by young gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer young people: LGBT Youth in New Mexico