Building Futures & Foundations

Building Futures & Foundations (BFF) improves the path for young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood. We work directly with young people in order to learn how to manage daily responsibilities, build positive peer networks, and access tools to help them achieve goals related to education, employment, health, housing, and personal finance as well as strengthen their sense of belonging.

Each year, young people age out of foster care without having the experiences and opportunities necessary to develop self-advocacy skills, to build positive peer networks, and to access the family and community supports all young people need to achieve their dreams and become successful adults. Historically, young people aging out of foster care at 18 experience poor outcomes with high social costs. National data provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that:

  • More than 1 in 5 will become homeless
  • Less than 60% will graduate high school by age 19, compared to 87% in the general population
  • Only 50% will be employed by age 18
  • Fewer than 3% will have a college degree by age 25
  • At least 1 in 4 will be incarcerated within 2 years of leaving foster care
  • Girls are 2.5 times more likely to get pregnant by age 19
  • Approximately 1 in 4 have attempted suicide
  • At least 1 in 4 are coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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The Mentoring Project

The Mentoring Project empowers young people to make healthy choices for their own lives by providing one-on-one role modeling, supportive guidance, and encouragement.

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Eligibility:

  • Between the ages of 14 - 26

  • Currently in or at risk of "aging out" of foster care or recently "aged out"

  • Live in the greater ABQ area (including Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, and Belen)

  • Must be interested in having a supportive, caring adult in your life

    Contact:

    Nick Vottero at # (505) 217-0228 ext. 1009

VIP Leadership Network

The VIP Leadership Network is a youth-led opportunity for young people to work together to make real and lasting changes in the foster care system and their community. Youth involved in the Network will work to engage peers and the community in legislative and systems advocacy. All members will receive leadership training, linkage to community resources, and opportunities for civic engagement.

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Eligibility:

  • Between the ages of 14 - 25

  • Spent at least 30 days in foster care after your 14th birthday

  • Live in the greater ABQ area (including Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, and Belen)

  • Want to make positive changes in your life, your community, and the foster care system

  • Contact:

    Whitney Paul at # (505) 217-0220 ext. 1007

Community Partnership Network

The  Community Partnership Network is a collaboration of community stakeholders working together with young people to increase opportunities for those transitioning from foster care to adulthood and to help make meaningful changes in the foster care system. Members of the Network may be called upon to assist young people in resource development, sustainability, evaluation, and advocacy. Members of the Network currently include CYFD staff, private business owners, local organizations and universities, and concerned community members. 

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To be a member you must be:

  • A concerned community member

  • A local, state, or national non-profit organization

  • A committed business or private agency

  • Care about what happens in the lives of young people transitioning from foster care and want to make a difference in the community

Contact:

Claire Canfield at # (505) 217-0220 ext. 1013

Education Advocacy

Our Education Advocacy supports young people currently in or transitioning out of foster care who need assistance in obtaining their high school diploma or GED. It is also for those who want help getting into and/or succeeding in college (UNM, NMSU, CNM, etc.) or who want help exploring and connecting to alternative roads such as vocational training, the military, or general career exploration. We will help link you to resources and opportunities that will allow you to be successful in meeting your educational goals.

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Eligibility:

  • Between the ages of 16-25

  • Spent at least 30 days in foster care after your 14th birthday

  • Live in the greater ABQ area (including Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, and Belen)

  • A desire to obtain a post-secondary education in order to learn the skills needed to get a good paying job

Contact:

 Claire Canfield at # (505) 217- 0220 ext. 1013

Opportunity Passport™ & Financial Literacy Education

The Opportunity Passport™ involves four components: matched-savings accounts, financial literacy education through the use of a curriculum co-created by young people in foster care, access to banking services, and financial coaching. The goal is to help young people be more successful in their transition to adulthood by helping them become financially capable, gain experience with the banking system, and obtain assets for education, housing, transportation or other expenses required for a successful adult experience.

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Eligibility:

  • Between the ages of 14 - 25

  •  Spent at least 30 days in the foster care system after your 14th birthday

  • Live in the greater ABQ area (including Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, and Belen)

  • A desire to learn how to manage and save your money responsibly and effectively

Contact:

Claire Canfield at # (505) 217-0220 ext. 1013

B-More Workshops

The B-More Workshops provide a variety of life skill workshops, peer support, and community engagement to young people in foster care. 

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Eligibility:

  • Between the ages 14 - 26

  • Currently in or recently aged out of foster care system

These workshops are open to all eligible young people. 

Contact:

Rochelle Alvarado at # (505) 217-0220 ext. 1008.

Community Door Openers

Community Door Openers are designed to connect young people to a variety of experiences and opportunities in the community that will "open doors" for personal, educational and professional exploration and growth.

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Eligibility:

  • Between the ages of 14 - 25

  • Spent at least 30 days in the foster care system after your 14th birthday

  • Live in the greater ABQ area (including Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, and Belen)

  • Want access to opportunities in the community to help you achieve your dreams

Contact:

Claire Canfield at # (505) 217-0220 ext.1013