YouthWorks of Santa Fe

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Santa Fe, NM   |
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YouthWorks of Santa Fe

EIN: 85-0480524


YouthWorks’ mission is to remain dedicated to helping youth develop the necessary life skills to become active, productive participants in their community. YouthWorks specializes in comprehensive programs designed to assist youth to develop social, leadership and workforce skills, and to expand educational opportunities while achieving productivity and success. The focus of YouthWorks is to take a whole community approach to youth development, recognizing that given a supportive environment, youth will develop the healthy attitudes and behaviors necessary for coping with the challenges that they encounter throughout life.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Melynn Schuyler

Co Principal Officer

John Paul Granillo

Main address

1505 Llano St

Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA

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Subject area info

Youth development

Population served info

Children and youth

NTEE code info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

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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?

YouthWorks Opportunity Youth Programs & Services

Santa Fe Youth Corps - Crews of youth and young adults are recruited, hired and paid to train as team members to work together to restore community environmental resources and also, through its Food Corps, assists with emergency food and meal supplies.
Workforce Innovation Program – An apprenticeship program developed by YouthWorks in partnership with local businesses.
Santa Fe YouthBuild – A federally-funded employment and training program featuring construction trades training and culinary arts industry training.
Social Justice Kitchen Culinary Program – A youth-operated, culinary arts training program with a food truck, cafe, and catering.
Case Management -wrap-around resource navigation services
Alternative Education School of Success – Providing GED preparation, tutoring, and alternative education.
Juvenile Justice Community-Based Intervention-community-engagement with prevention, peer mediation, workforce prep, community service, restorative justice, counseling, etc.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Young adults
LGBTQ people
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Average number of service recipients per month

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Related Program

YouthWorks Opportunity Youth Programs & Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

CARES ACT and ARPA FUNDS available to support youth and families with housing and utilities and other social and income assistance supports

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.

YouthWorks goals are to positively impact the lives of all Santa Fe and northern New Mexico marginalized youth, ages 14-25, through alternative education, work-based learning projects, job skills training and jmeaningful job placements, and projects that benefit the community and the environment. YouthWorks strives to bridge a multitude of opportunities that impart skills, leverage learning toward career pathways, develop leadership skills, and promote youth educational attainment and personal accomplishment through social justice programming that accelerates the possibility of successful lives and futures for all who seek to make gains.

YouthWorks social justice programmatic model is designed to positively impact youth through mentoring and experiential learning to promote practical skills attainment. YouthWorks imparts social skills; fosters leadership development and community engagement; increases interpersonal and communication skills and develops leadership and responsibility through classroom-based and hands-on education leading to meaningful employment, higher education, and career trajectories.

YouthWorks provides a continuum beyond the organization by bridging job-ready youth to apprenticeships and/or long-term jobs while also positioning youth for career pathway coursework in trades certificate programs or college enrollment. Our young adult engagement model links a combination of youth-centered and client-driven programming in a strategic wrap-around system of services that includes the support of case managers and counselors for navigation toward health, stability, and wellness. YouthWorks array of programs, trainings and paid work opportunities strengthen youth abilities to achieve their educational and employment goals and secure positive outcomes for success, community attachment and increased earning potential and successful futures.

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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


YouthWorks of Santa Fe
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.23 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 10% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

YouthWorks of Santa Fe

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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YouthWorks of Santa Fe

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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YouthWorks of Santa Fe

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of YouthWorks of Santa Fe’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$15,426 $109,309 -$25,739 $90,768 $411,212
As % of expenses -1.1% 7.3% -1.2% 3.9% 17.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$31,490 $93,279 -$44,720 $71,327 $391,771
As % of expenses -2.1% 6.2% -2.1% 3.1% 16.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,435,461 $1,601,753 $2,049,651 $2,396,465 $2,731,059
Total revenue, % change over prior year -7.1% 11.6% 28.0% 16.9% 14.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 28.9% 45.8% 44.2% 63.8%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 100.0% 39.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 0.0% 31.6% 54.1% 55.1% 35.5%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.6% 0.7%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,450,887 $1,500,392 $2,075,390 $2,305,697 $2,319,847
Total expenses, % change over prior year -6.5% 3.4% 38.3% 11.1% 0.6%
Personnel 38.9% 62.3% 51.6% 51.7% 53.4%
Professional fees 0.0% 5.2% 15.5% 8.1% 17.0%
Occupancy 5.5% 3.3% 2.2% 3.1% 4.4%
Interest 1.2% 1.2% 1.0% 0.6% 0.7%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 4.6% 6.6% 7.8%
All other expenses 54.4% 28.0% 25.1% 29.9% 16.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,466,951 $1,516,422 $2,094,371 $2,325,138 $2,339,288
One month of savings $120,907 $125,033 $172,949 $192,141 $193,321
Debt principal payment $9,781 $10,068 $10,488 $13,607 $0
Fixed asset additions $39,619 $0 $0 $0 $689,388
Total full costs (estimated) $1,637,258 $1,651,523 $2,277,808 $2,530,886 $3,221,997

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash -0.2 0.2 0.8 0.1 0.4
Months of cash and investments -0.2 0.2 0.8 0.1 0.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -0.1 0.5 0.1 0.5 2.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash -$21,766 $29,430 $143,299 $21,527 $82,838
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $49,362 $139,537 $183,291 $179,918 $498,219
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $611,031 $611,031 $613,332 $613,332 $1,302,720
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 14.5% 17.1% 20.1% 23.3% 12.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 64.0% 60.1% 72.5% 55.9% 60.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $269,504 $224,784 $296,111 $687,882
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $198,967 $269,504 $224,784 $296,111 $687,882

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Melynn Schuyler

Melynn Schuyler is the Founder and Executive Director of YouthWorks, a nonprofit, community-based organization that connects marginalized youth to success through innovative programming that offers hands-on workforce training, life skills training, education, counseling and career and college placement. Melynn founded YouthWorks in 2001 and, in the years since, has established it as a model in New Mexico for youth development practices. Originally from the state of Washington, Melynn earned her BA from Boston University and her MA in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy from the Phillips Graduate Institute in California. With nearly 21 years in operation, YouthWorks is a recognized, trusted and highly relevant youth-serving organization, making a difference in the lives of at-risk youth in the region. YouthWorks is known widely as a regional resource hub for all youth and young adults who are seeking the pathways to completing their education, learning job skills and life skills

Co Principal Officer

John Paul Granillo

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

YouthWorks of Santa Fe

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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YouthWorks of Santa Fe

Board of directors
as of 06/12/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Vicki Gage

City of Santa Fe, Retired, Human Resources

Richard Jones

Retired State NM DFA

Laine Renfro

Retired Nonprofit Director, Teen Pregnancy Coalition

David Cartwright

Chairman of the Board, Gene Autry Museum, Attorney

Tom Jensen

Attorney, Small Business Owner

Beverly DeHerrera Morris

Office Manager, Dental Hygiene of Santa Fe

Elizabeth Jeffreys


David del Mauro

Marketing Professional

Jim Hands

Structural Engineer

Andrea Rios

Branch Manager, State Employees Credit Union

Isaac Hammond-Paul

Housing Advisor, Homewise

Melynn Schuyler

Executive Director, YouthWorks

Kai Porter

Communications Executive, PNM

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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/9/2023

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/10/2023

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

Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.