"We embrace community to make change happen"

Las Cruces, NM   |


The mission of Ngage New Mexico is to serve as a catalyst to advance the well being of people of Southern New Mexico.

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Executive Director

Lori Martinez

Main address

3880 Foothills Rd Ste A

Las Cruces, NM 88011 USA

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NTEE code info

(Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis) (S05)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Improving education outcomes in Doña Ana County. We serve as a catalyst to advance the well-being of all people of Southern New Mexico.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SUCCESS Partnership

In 2013, Ngage New Mexico created the Doña Ana County, prenatal to career, SUCCESS Partnership education initiative. The partnership is a diverse group of over 100 cross-sector organizations comprised of parents, education professionals, nonprofit organizations, businesses, regional partners and prestigious community leaders who all believe education is a shared responsibility.

Population(s) Served
Work status and occupations

Ngage New Mexico takes the lead on nonprofit capacity building for Southern New Mexico. We aim to support our nonprofit partners by strengthening the entire system of nonprofit services, so they can continue doing the crucial, direct, on the ground, service work. Historically, our organization has accomplished capacity building through a provision of workshops and consulting in the areas of board development, strategic planning, conflict resolution, and self-care practices. As Ngage New Mexico evolves, we will continue to support the needs of regional nonprofits.

Population(s) Served
Work status and occupations

The children’s museum project came about as a result of Ngage New Mexico’s broader work in education and the Early Childhood Coalition, part of the SUCCESS Partnership, a prenatal-to-career education initiative in Dona Aña County, and will utilize the broad relationships with our partners and our community at large to create a space that embodies the uniqueness of southern New Mexico. The museum will be a place that connects families to community resources as they engage with their children in a fun-filled space designed for play, exploration and learning. The space will be designed for children of all ages and will have an emphasis on early childhood. Our children’s museum project has two phases: The first is a mobile unit, called Vamos Niños: Play to Learn, which will travel the county and we plan to launch by the end of 2022. The second phase will be a brick and mortar museum, currently in development with the City of Las Cruces.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have the ability to understand and comprehend communication

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

SUCCESS Partnership

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Ngage’s work challenges conventional approaches to community-based problem solving by uniting individual organizational efforts towards a common agenda. Educational outcomes are complex; effective long-term systemic impact requires a coordinated approach that includes all educational influences (i.e.: schools, family services, health, workforce, etc.) We will continue intentional coordination with other local coalitions to increase effectiveness, capitalize on areas of overlap, and minimize replication of efforts. Utilizing Collective Impact as a model for meaningful change, the following key outcomes will be accomplished within the next two years:

1.) Strengthened SUCCESS Partnership to support the improvement of a prenatal-to-career continuum in Doña Ana County
2.) Improved access to early childhood education and the quality of ECE education in DAC
as demonstrated by the improvement of key indicators and educational success. Our theory of change is based on ensuring that children -- from prenatal to 8 years old -- have access to quality early childhood education experiences that can affect the whole education continuum – from prenatal to career.
3.) Realized children’s mobile museum and planned stationary “brick and mortar” museum to contribute to early childhood development ages 0-8. The driving force for this initiative is to create equitable access to high quality early childhood education experiences for children, and community resources for families in a one-stop shop. We are currently in the second phase of the plan, transforming a recreational vehicle into a mobile Children’s Museum that will tour the county, bringing these experiences directly to rural and underserved communities.
4.) Improved capacity of area education partners and nonprofits to enhance their readiness to respond to compelling needs region-wide, including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ngage will partner with local and state partners to contribute to K-12 education transformation efforts statewide. 5.) We will be a partner in supporting the creation of culturally relevant curriculum efforts, including those by the NMSU Borderland and Ethnic Studies Department and the Transform Education New Mexico (TENM) Coalition, for the purpose of furthering the state’s movement towards a more diverse, inclusive and racially just education system.
6.) Use of data to drive positive change in our community and SUCCESS Partnership decision-making, in concert with our backbone partners at the NMSU Center for Community Analysis.

Goal 1. Stronger SUCCESS Partnership
Create a governance structure for the Partnership.
Strengthen impact of Leaders Circle and Steering Team to support launch of work groups across prenatal-to-career continuum
Launch K12, post-secondary, and career readiness work groups.
Engage in relevant responses to COVID-19 address the impact on ECE, K-12 education, higher education, and workforce.

Goal 2. Improve access to quality ECE in DAC, as demonstrated by key indicators and success in the three Action Networks of the ECE Coalition: Children are born into healthy homes, Children are ready for school, and ECE workforce is supported.

Implement county-wide ECE Plan for DAC using strategies outlined by the Action Networks and the logic model designed by CCA.
In 2019, Ngage worked with over 10 EC programs to pilot a live web-based referral system called Symbify. The goal is to allow providers to communicate and refer equitable services to each other in real time. The goal over the next year is to fine tune the system, launch publicly, and scale to a broad audience of ECE providers.
Continue work with DAC school districts and STEM Outreach at NMSU to provide families engagement programming and resources.

Goal 3. DAC Children’s Museum

Mobile unit: We will work with Sightworks to create an interpretive which will consist of exhibit design and fabrication.
Plans for a “brick and mortar” museum are in progress with the City of Las Cruces as a result of successful lobbying in 2019 ($750,000). Complete a feasibility study and site selection.

Goal 4. Capacity Building

Increase capacity of organizations providing backbone support to the SUCCESS Partnership by diversifying funding support and completing standard operating procedures.
Increase capacity of area nonprofit organizations in southern NM through collaboration as a key partner of the S NM Nonprofit Coalition.

Goal 5. Contribute to K-12 education transformation efforts statewide
Partner for the creation of culturally relevant curriculum, including an institute to be implemented by the NMSU Borderland & Ethnic Studies Dept.
As part of the TENM Coalition, contribute to a growing movement in the State working to create a more inclusive, just education experience for children, and work with the coalition to advocate for remedies necessary to address the deficiencies outlined in the Yazzie Martinez lawsuit ruling.

Goal 6. Data and Evaluation
Work with CCA on creation and integration of shared measurement systems
Integrate data into decision making for ECE Action Networks and the formation of K-12, higher education, & workforce.
Work with CCA to disseminate key data points to the public & amplify the importance of data-informed decision making.

Ngage New Mexico (Ngage) is a leading nonprofit organization that excels in engaging community to make change happen. Ngage has a current focus on education transformation and nonprofit capacity-building in Doña Ana County (DAC), in recent years with an emphasis on early childhood education. In everything we do we embrace the values of collaboration, consensus-building, social justice, racial equity, and data-informed solutions for the betterment of our entire community. Our vision is no less than a diverse, vibrant, and resilient community where all enjoy freedom, opportunity, and the power to direct our own lives.

Consistent with its mission, Ngage is especially proud to have spearheaded the formation of the education-focused SUCCESS partnership, a prenatal-to-career educational collaborative that includes some 120 leading members of the area’s educational community. In concert with SUCCESS, the DAC Early Childhood Education (ECE) Coalition,is thriving with some 70 organizational members itself. Both engage in system and policy change work to the benefit of the area’s educational system, and they serve as models statewide.

How we listen

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Board of directors
as of 01/18/2022
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Board chair

Mr. Michael Milam

Anthony NM Teen Advisory Council

Term: 2017 - 2023

Michael Milam

Judy Bosland

Rich Ferrary

Alejandro Lugo

Dulcinea Lara

Gema Suggs

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes