City, State: Santa Fe, NM
Program Models: High schools/Community Service Centers; Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention and Services; Public Awareness and Education
Annual Funding: $1,300,000
New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) will connect with key state organizations to develop a service delivery model that provides a comprehensive array of services to support the academic, economic, social, and health needs of pregnant and parenting teens and their children. NMPED will leverage existing resources invested in Graduation Reality and Dual Role Skills Program (GRADS), school-based health centers and domestic violence programs to enhance and expand the current GRADS program. The new service delivery model will be called GRADS: Making Connections for Success. NMPED will partner with GRADS, the NM Department of Health, the NM Alliance for School Based Health Care and the NM Attorney General's Office in order to: strengthen and expand a replicable school-based model that integrates services and collaboration between school health care and pregnant and parenting teen programs in public schools; connect current GRADS program sites to school-based health centers and expand to new sites; establish a state teen dating/domestic violence program; and create public awareness campaigns targeting teens, the general public, school administration and other key stakeholders about the importance of high school completion and other needs of pregnant and parenting teens.