About Equity, Community Well-Being & Social Justice
Our vision at New Mexico Voices for Children is that all children and families have equal access to opportunities to thrive and to achieve their full potential. To realize that vision, our mission is to improve the status, well-being and racial/ethnic equity of New Mexico’s children, families, and communities in the areas of health, education, and economic security by promoting public policies through credible research and effective advocacy.
The Youth Spirit Awardees embody similar values as those that drove the founding of NM Voices – to advance equity and contribute to community well-being and social justice. For the awards, NM Voices defines the following terms as such:
- Equity is fair access, opportunity, treatment, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some people.
- Community well-being is the combination of social, economic, environmental, cultural, and political conditions identified by individuals and their communities as essential for them to flourish and fulfill their potential.
- Social justice refers to equal opportunity, treatment, and access to education, wealth, opportunities, rights, and privileges within a society.
If your work, activism, and/or volunteerism is dedicated to one or more of the above areas, please consider completing the online application. To read more about past recipients and their work, click here.