Supporting and scaling the Hiyupo Project to promote achievement for young Native American males

The Foundation's Forward Promise initiative was designed to improve the health of young men and boys of color and enhance their opportunities for success in school, work, and life.The New Mexico Community Foundation is the fiscal sponsor for the Native American Community Academy (NACA) which is a Charter School that cultivates success for male students--95 percent of NACA students are Native American from 50 tribes. Fifty percent are male and are the project's target audience, 75 percent live in Albuquerque and 25 percent commute from outside the city, such as from Laguna and Santa Ana Pueblos. NACA has improved student success due to these four strategies. By using new recruiting techniques, NACA broadened its teacher candidate pool, resulting in a teaching staff that is about 50 percent male compared to the national average of 14 percent -- many of these male teachers are Native Americans. NACA also mentors students by placing them with a mentor teacher who remains their guide and advisor for their six years of study. They explicitly teach fraternal and paternal roles in Native communities in coursework. Finally, they will institute cultural interventions for mental, physical, emotional, and social health. Students, with their mentors, develop and achieve wellness goals in four areas: intellectual, physical, community and relationship, and social/emotional.The project activities are: (1) business planning to build robust capacity to respond to requests for technical assistance and replication support; (2) improve data management to track longer-term outcomes for students, and (3) seek new alternatives for sustainable funding to build on programmatic success -- for example, investigating opportunities to accessing insurance reimbursements for traditional health care interventions.

New Mexico Community Foundation is a grantee of the RWJF Forward Promise Initiative.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $498,259.00

Awarded on: 7/1/2013

Time frame: 7/1/2013 - 12/31/2015

Grant Number: 71074


New Mexico Community Foundation

502 West Cordova Road, Suite 1
Santa Fe, 87505-1820


Kara Bobroff
Project Director