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COMMUNITY LEARNING NETWORK

"Building stronger communities through real-life learning"

Santa Fe, NM   |  www.communitylearningnetwork.org

Mission

CommUNITY Learning Network (CLN) is dedicated to "building stronger communities through real-life learning" and supporting CommUNITY resiliency. CLN is grassroots community-driven organization that responds to local needs and creative, collective solutions to local challenges. CLN supports regional work-based learning and paid internship programs, statewide Tech and STEAM initiatives to improve broadband access. adoption, and use and to expand Tech access, education, enterprise and employment, especially for rural, underserved and underrepresented communities and community members. CLN also supports community-driven SEED and sustainability efforts, "Love Where We Live" and "Buena dente" projects, and CommUNITY Relief and Resiliency initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ruling year info

2015

Director and Lead Educator

Jennifer Nevarez

Main address

208 Ambrosio

Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA

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EIN

47-2654167

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our communities are stronger when community members of all ages feel a sense of belonging and have meaningful relationships and work. We are also addressing the need to re-engage and reconnect youth through hands-on, real-life learning and community-based, experiential educational opportunities. We are also addressing the need for communications, IT, and media skills development. Although 90% of parents want their children to take a computer class in school, a majority of schools don't teach computers and there are not enough teachers trained or confident enough to teach it. Will more than 1800 unfilled computing jobs in the state, and fewer than 6% of public high school students taking a computer class, there is a need for Tech skills training and workforce development.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

S.E.E. Southwest Experiential Education

CommUNITY Learning Network facilitates community-based learning programs including educational immersion, service learning, and hands-on experiential learning programs for all ages, as well as community-based virtual learning programs and bootcamps.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Indigenous peoples
Families
Academics

CommUNITY Learning Network (CLN) supports real-life learning and work-based learning opportunities in New Mexico and developed the online resource www.nminterns.com to document statewide paid internship programs and developed the initial www.santafeinterns.com online resource portal to support local internship, apprenticeship, and mentoring opportunities in the region. CLN also co-facilitated PROTEC, a Tech bootcamp training and paid internship program through Santa Fe Community College.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Indigenous peoples
Economically disadvantaged people
Students
Children and youth

CommUNITY Learning Network (CLN) supports community-based learning oppotunities that engages youth in getting to know their own community and in telling their own story while learning communications skills, Tech and IT skills, public engagement skills, and media and digital media skills.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Economically disadvantaged people
Students

CommUNITY Learning Network (CLN) is dedicated to connecting learning with real-life in support of thriving communities in New Mexico. CLN is working to support TECH and STEAM initiatives including improving broadband access, adoption, and use and expanding Tech access, education, employment, and enterprise, especially for rural and underrepresented and underserved communities and community members. CLN helped launch the Northern NM Tech Task Force and Opportunity Santa Fe TechHire , the Northern NM STEAM Coalition, supported coding and tech training as well as Hour of Code in NM, Working Group, helped launch CS Week for teachers, provided free hands-on workshops to support community members of all ages in learning to build, launch, and manage their own website through the 1000 Websites in !000 Days Campaign, and co-hosted the first Indigenous Connectivity Summit in New Mexico with the Internet Society in 2017.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status
Work status and occupations
Family relationships

CommUNITY Learning Network (CLN) is collaborating with Santa Fe Community College with support from the County of Santa Fe to offer an accelerated training program that provides hands-on bootcamp training in tech platforms for business operations, communications, and social media, plus an optional paid internship of up to 80 hours. Due to the pandemic, both the training bootcamp and internship opportunities moved online and are being offered virtually. Visit www.protecsantafe.com to learn more.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Students

CommUNITY Learning Network (CLN) supports "Teaching and Learning with GIS" through a range of efforts including workshops, training support, clubs, mentorship, and online resources, and is stewarding the annual ArcGIS competition in New Mexico. "Geographic Information System (GIS) technology provides "a framework to organize, communicate, and understand the science of our world." Explore strategies for integrating GIS to support instruction, discussion, and extended learning on any topic.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Students
Teachers

In response to the pandemic, CommUNITY Learning Network (CLN) mobilized our network of formal and informal relationships to support relief efforts for vulnerable, rural, and indigenous communities and community members impacted by COVID-19. CLN distributed over 287,000 donated PPE to more than 49 tribes and agencies, helped Native American artists to build more than 250 websites to showcase their work, and helped coordinate deployment with the ITDRC of more than 145 wireless access points to provide free Internet at community hotspots in communities in need in New Mexico, and more! CLN is also collaborating to provide supplies, emergency funds, water and wood for elders and families in need and has developed the on-going Buena Gente project to continue the work. Learn more about CommUNITY Relief and Resiliency efforts online at www.communitylearningnetwork.org

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Health
Social and economic status
Work status and occupations

Language Institute for Sustainability &. Transformative Education in Oaxaca (LISTO) was established by Cara Esquibel & carried by CLN in her loving memory to provide TESOL certification training in Mexico for teachers.
Human Reunion 1 & 2, a "Collective Journey of Reconciliation, Re-membering, & Re-Union," gathered traditional Indigenous women from Canada, US, Mexico, South America, Africa, Indonesia, India & Australia for a series of international events on multiple continents by Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining, Pat McCabe.
Tsedaak’aan Learning Community (TDK) & Hogan Dialogues were developed in partnership between Dr. Larry Emerson & Jennifer Nevarez, 2 educators committed to community-based learning &​ rooted in indigenous ways of knowing, being, & learning.
CLN coordinated Indigenous Farmers support & the La Escuela del Agua project in Bolivia to support indigenous seed & cultural preservation, student gardens, and building of a community seed bank.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Teachers
Students

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

Community Learning Network (CLN) is reconnecting and reengaging community members of all ages through real-life learning. NM Youth Ambassadors and Next Generation Media Teams are training the next generation of community leaders and providing the communications and digital media skills our youth need to thrive in the 21st Century. NM TechWorks is expanding Tech access and education and increasing Tech enterprise and employment, especially for underserved and underrepresented community members. The "1000 Websites in 1000 Days" campaign is growing our economy one website at a time by helping community members of all ages learn to build, launch, and manage their own website. For a state that has high poverty and low graduation rates, we are working to help families in New Mexico enjoy a better quality of life supported by a thriving innovation economy with successful, well-trained Tech entrepreneurs and employees fueled by a team of tech-savvy teachers, students, and schools.

The fundamental underpinning of our work is based on the words of a local wisdom-keeper, "Well being is nourished by being accountable to a people and a place." We value Relationships, Real-Life Learning, Resiliency, Resourcefulness, and Collective Well-being to accomplish our goals and ground our work in the Principles of Sustainability and Collective Impact. We build on local strength and emphasize what is local, whole-some, life-nourishing, organic, comprehensive, and engaging, while providing opportunities to tell our own stories.

We have a large Advisory Circle as well as a large community network of grassroots learning liaisons and community educators. We have worked with many programs and projects throughout the region and have extensive partnerships with businesses, schools, organizations, and agencies in New Mexico, as well as a growing network of NM Youth Ambassadors, Interns, and Next Generation Media Teams, as well as professional volunteers and active Task Force members.

More than 150 students each year participate in Southwest Experiential Education and service learning.
More than 500 community members participated in hands-on community activities and events.
More than 24 students participated in NM Youth Ambassador and Next Generation Media Team Training.
We hosted more than 7 Interns and Summer Associates.
More than 250 classrooms hosted Tech learning events.
More than 2500 students participated in Tech learning activities.
More than 75 professionals participated in Tech outreach and volunteer activities.
More than 60 students participated in Tech and Media training programs.
More than 180 educators participated in Tech training and professional development.
More than 75 community members of all ages participated in website-making and digital marketing training.
Our website is getting more than 1500 unique visitors a week.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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COMMUNITY LEARNING NETWORK

Board of directors
as of 01/01/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Katie Teague

Storm Cloud Media

Term: 2014 -

Mary Hekman

Mary Hekman Law

Jennifer Nevarez

Community Learning Network

Katie Teague

Storm Cloud Media

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/21/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/21/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.