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Leaders Convene to Build Shared Vision of Summer Learning Opportunities for Area Students

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Contacts: Jeanette Brahl, United Way of Central New Mexico, 505.975.7557, Angelo Gonzales, Mission: Graduate, 505.903.6475

ALBUQUERQUE, NM: (April 30, 2018) – Mission: Graduate, a cradle-to-career initiative of the United Way of Central New Mexico, in partnership with the New Mexico Out -of- School Time (NMOST) Network, is convening community leaders to develop a shared vision for summer learning in our community. The summit will be held Tuesday, May 1 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m at Los Duranes Community Center located at 2920 Leopoldo Rd., NW.

Mayor Tim Keller will deliver closing remarks at approximately 11:15 a.m.

According to the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, research consistently demonstrates that many students lose ground academically when they are out of school for the summer. The problem is particularly acute among low-income students, who lose an average of more than two months in reading achievement in the summer in comparison with their middle-class peers.

“Our goal is to build a shared community vision in which all summer program providers are working together on a common goal of offering quality learning opportunities for all students,” says Mission: Graduate Executive Director Angelo Gonzales. “We’ll do that by understanding what programs are currently available then developing strategies for increasing access and building quality.”

“There is a growing awareness that the summer months are key to reducing our stubborn achievement gap,” says NMOST Network Executive Director May Sagbakken. “Engaging opportunities for students during summer can help us close this gap. Families also need to know that their children are safe during the summer break, and many children depend on meals during this time. A coordinated response can ensure access to quality summer learning, peace of mind for parents, and meals for all children and youth in our community.”

Mission: Graduate’s “Launch to Learn” summer learning program will kick off its fourth summer at the Science Fiesta on May 18 at Tiguex Park. Family Summer Adventure Guide booklets will be available to children and families at that time.


Mission: Graduate is a cradle-to-career partnership consisting of educators, local employers, educational support providers, government leaders and citizens who are committed to a goal of 60,000 new graduates with college degrees and certificates in central New Mexico by the year 2020. Mission: Graduate is an initiative of the United Way of Central New Mexico. For more information, visit  #60Kby2020

United Way of Central New Mexico, founded in 1934, serves a four-county region. UWCNM’s mission is to bring people and resources together to measurably improve lives and strengthen our communities. To learn more, visit or call 505-247-3671.

New Mexico Out-of-School Time Network brings together policymakers, educators, childcare providers, youth development workers, and other stakeholders interested in ensuring positive  youth development opportunities and outcomes through out-of-school time programs.  Go to for more information.

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