Policy Center in the College of Education coordinates National Service Learning Conference meeting in Albuquerque, a gathering of 1500 service-learning advocates and practioners from all fifty states and 6 countries.

Discussions begin between University, City of Albuquerque and local neighborhoods about the need and purpose of service-learning programs centered on youth development.


Technical assistance provided by the Policy Center to Siete del Norte Community Development Corporation to secure federal funds for the first AmeriCorps grant awarded in the state of New Mexico, serving ten (10) communities across seven northern counties.

Policy Center staff coordinates all field site placements in community mentoring and problem solving for Siete del Norte in northern counties.

Vice President for Student Affairs requests Policy Center lead efforts to expand service-learning options across the entire UNM campus.


Levi Strauss Foundation funds yearlong Institute for Educational and Community Leadership (IECL) to focus on educational reform, community involvement, youth programming and intercultural relations.

After school projects oriented towards literacy and local leadership development emerge out of a design phase led by first cohort of a yearlong Institute for Community and Educational Leadership (IECL) participants.

Policy Center forms partnership with University of Pennsylvania Center for Community Partnership to replicate university-assisted community schools model in New Mexico.


Policy Center launches UNM Service Corps and Albuquerque Community Schools Project with Save the Children/USA pilot project funds in two neighborhoods marked by on-going youth violence.

After school projects are designed and implemented with less than fifty student participants each storefront site.10 university students from seven academic majors form nucleus of first UNM Service Corps to coordinate after school programs.

Due to significant first generation enrollment at UNM, university opts to pay students a “living wage” stipend for serving in the UNM Service Corps (paid community service model started with foundation, city and financial assistance monies).

Initial programs offer save place for children, caring and consistent adults, and enrichment activities oriented toward learning and literacy modeled after Americas Promise guidelines.


City of Albuquerque Middle Schools Initiative funds first summer programs and urges Policy Center to consider expanding to more community sites, especially community centers in poor neighborhoods.

Corporation for National and Community Service awards UNM first collegiate national direct AmeriCorps Education award grant in New Mexico – 80 corps members have these first appointments.

Plans made to expand to 10-12 more neighborhood learning sites, all largely staffed with part-time college students serving as AmeriCorps members.Program solidifies its base as a community oriented after school youth development project operating in poor or marginalized neighborhoods.


City of Albuquerque commits to funding 55 part-time UNM Service Corps members with nearly $500,000 per year in funding support for member stipends.

UNM Service Corps opens learning centers in twelve community centers, art workshops, schools, and neighborhood storefronts and libraries. Reaches nearly 1800 young people first summer in expanded operation.

Identified homeless youth living on the streets reaches almost 2,000 in city and so school district and UNM Service Corps create special project to respond.

Corps moves from 50% students of color to nearly 90% at request of neighborhood leaders and community partners to see UNM Service Corps become representative of the residents in the communities served.

CLPS and UNM Service Corps convene with the Historic Neighborhood Alliance a National Summit on Urban Youth Programming with representatives and experts attending from 17 cities.


City of Albuquerque Division of Family and Community services continues to budget for 55 corps members, states that corps present in community centers has changed quality of programming for youth.

Policy Center leads statewide coalition to secure permanent fund for youth development support at state level – the Next Generation Fund.

Experience with youth as legislative advocates leads CLPS to plan for a statewide civic engagement project targeted at high school and college students.

UNM Service Corps recognized by several New Mexico funders (especially the Daniels Fund and McCune Charitable Trusts) as exemplary state youth development project

Policy Center morphs into new office to host community projects and youth programs – named Community Learning & Public Service (CLPS). Research studies and evaluations indicate student participants in Corps led projects come to school better prepared, with their homework completed, at higher attendance rates, and perform better on standardized tests.


City of Albuquerque slashes its youth budget by 2 million dollars – UNM Service Corps loses $400,000 in annual support for corps stipends and personnel at community sites.

United States Department of Education awards Albuquerque Public Schools and UNM Community Learning & Public Service the largest 21st Century Learning Center grant in state at nearly 1.2 million dollars over three years (2001-2004).

New Albuquerque Community Schools Project (ACSP) provides scale support for seven current after school sites (CLPS still serving 12 neighborhoods and homeless youth).

AmeriCorps award expanded to include 92 part-time AmeriCorps members, including tribal service component.

Homeless program becomes biggest single population the UNM Service Corps serves with nearly 3,000 students involved in a year.

Daniels Fund supports general operation and program development for UNM Service Corps with first of three years of funding.


PPew Memorial Charitable Trusts awards Community Learning & Public Service one of eight national pilot project grants to create a New Mexico Civic Engagement Initiative for high school and college students to become more involved in community service.

Civic engagement projects started at 24 high schools across the state – on the border, in rural villages, at charter school, comprehensive public high schools, and on five tribal reservations with UNM Service Corps acting as support staff.

Legislative briefing held for teachers, youth and community allies to educate people on current youth policy proposals and to better understand the state legislative process.

Service Corps expands programs into Southeast Heights – areas known as War Zone by the local media due to high crime and youth violence.

Corporation for National and Community Service and Harvard University Center for Family and Community Support both recognize UNM Service Corps and community schools projects as model projects.


Through CLPS leadership, state passes memorial (resolution) to study youth development oriented funding, campaign led by high school students in New Mexico Civic Engagement Initiative.

Federal pass through funds through Public Department of Education secured for after school programming through the 21st Century Learning Centers with grant to expand to four additional sites (now 8-9 federal supported sites operating at scale).

CLPS organizes and forms statewide Out of School Time Network for youth groups working with young people in after school and youth related projects – project secures major funding from Mott Foundation and is spun off to the New Mexico Forum for Youth in Community (statewide youth development intermediary).

With homeless student population and after school sites, UNM Service Corps serves nearly 4,000 young people in 2003.

Two small Challenge grants secured from the Corporation for National and Community Service to promote civic engagement in the state and also disseminate information to the universities about Campus Compact, including sharing the model for developing campus based service corps with other colleges and universities.


Partnership formed with Albuquerque Technical and Vocational Institute (TVI), the largest local community college, to create a 15-person work-study pilot project for students to work on literacy education at the neighborhood levels.

New sites developed between after school projects and community arts – team of corps members bridge arts workshops and activities into the various sites.

Corps members serve 5,000 individual students during the academic year and summer.

Legislation and funding earmarked to create a statewide web site on Civic Engagement and Service Learning with New Mexico State University’s Distance Learning unit – emphasizes student community service projects, civic stories, and resources to expand community service across New Mexico.

Daniels Fund awards grant to UNM Foundation to support UNM Service Corps and allow for the first fulltime director to be hired.


First phase of community planning and strategic plan completed for forming a Tribal Service Corps.

New director of UNM Service Corps selected to provide more fulltime leadership for the corps.

Curriculum offerings planned with College of Education and several other academic units

CLPS Director named as chair of University-wide committee on Public Service and Community Engagement, to broaden and better coordinate UNM’s civic engagement programs.

Bonner Foundation names UNM Service Corps first southwestern university member of its service-learning consortia and a major pilot project site for the Bonner Leader program.


New sites identified with more social justice and grassroots community orientations in South Valley and other areas of the city/county.

Discussion begun with the New Mexico Community Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies to plan and fund new experiments in middle school after school programming.

CLPS invited to facilitate UNM’s membership into the Princeton University-led Community Based Research Network, in conjunction with the Bonner Foundation.

Dr. Kiran Katira named Post-Doctoral Fellow in Educational Leadership and CLPS, to both teach community oriented coursework and continue to lead the UNM Service Corps.

Native America Community Academy pilot project site for Tribal Service Corps launched.

Work Study sites begin to become self-identified with technical assistance from CLPS to secure their own positions.

CLPS Director invited to attend as one of six expert US witnesses on civic engagement to the Council of Europe and International Consortia on Universities and Democracy special meeting at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.


UNM CLPS awarded major three year funding from NM Community Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies to launch middle schools after school program at Wilson, Grant and Native American Academy (totaling an estimated $750,000 over three years).

CLPS celebrates its 10th Anniversary with visit from and address by Dr. Ira Harkavy, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of the nationally recognized Nutter Center for Community-University Partnerships.

CLPS invited to present at International Conference on Community-University Partnership on “When Universities Listen …” at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Canada (one of two American projects invited to present).

Expansion occurs to more than 30 community based sites and deeper partnerships built with University College’s Research Service Learning and El Centro La Raza programming office.

New Mexico Commission on Voluntarism and Community Service awards CLPS $25,000 contract to study impact of AmeriCorps at sites, including NACA.

Carnegie Foundation invites CLPS and UNM Service Corps to attend special 10-campus summit on campus based civic engagement at Miami University (Ohio).


CLPS requested by NM Secretary for Higher Education and NM Commission on Voluntarism and Community Service to submit a proposal to develop a Guidebook for establishing Service Corps at other NM universities and colleges.

CLPS invited to attend, with six other colleges and universities, a planning and implementation session at the New York-based New World Foundation for a new COIN Initiative, that encourages civic engagement in community-based organizations (CBOs).

Discussion and field trip begun to University of Veracruz to support and establish an exchange with 8 new indigenous intercultural colleges across Mexico. Staff also begins plans for alternative spring break to Veracruz and documentary film on sister project known as the Veracruz Brigade, college students working in rural villages on a variety of community service projects.

New international exchange program also planned with UNESCP Centre for Pluralism, Human Rights and Democracy at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland on youth work in contested places. Exchange to begin in June 2009 with students and faculty studying in Belfast and Derry. CLPS undergoes further discussions on re-focusing its talents and resources on areas sites and deepening its connections to academic partnerships with other departments, colleges and the Medical and Law Schools.

By Fall 2008, more than 600 students from UNM, CNM and area high schools had completed one or more AmeriCorps terms of service, generating more than $10,000,000 in trust grant in aid support for New Mexico students to further their education through civic engagement. More to follow…