The FACES for the Future, Albuquerque program is a partnership between Native American Community Academy, South Valley Academy, Health Leadership High School and several health agencies in Albuquerque. The program officially launched in Fall of 2017. The FACES Albuquerque program provides a multi-year healthcare internship and leadership development program for Native American Community Academy, South Valley Academy, and Health Leadership High School students. The program will support entry into healthcare professions through internships, workshops, academic support, college preparation and wellness support.
- Clinical and non-clinical rotations with local healthcare and community-based agencies.
- Exposure to one-on-one relationships with Internship Supervisors who provide support, guidance and hands-on training.
- Interactive Workshops and Field Trips designed to further immerse students in the health professions.
- Interaction with health professionals who regularly present during classroom workshops to enhance healthcare preparatory curricula.
- Health careers preparatory curriculum, covering topics such as HIPAA, ethics and confidentiality, safety, and professionalism.
- Individualized academic and career support to high school students via one-on-one advising and tutoring.
- College pathways support in helping search for college, apply and receive financial aid.
- A Psychosocial Program focusing on counseling and education.
- Ongoing case management, psycho-social referrals to appropriate services when appropriate.
- Individualized Life Coaching and academic plans.
- Strong commitment to engaging parents and families in all aspects of the FACES program via parent meetings and phone conferences.
- Regular personal growth workshops focused on experiential learning about self-advocacy, assertive communication, healthy and unhealthy relationships, stress management, and other relevant topics.
- Team building activities and support experiences.
- Working with and supporting youth to seek out leadership opportunities in FACES as well as their schools and neighborhoods.
Mia Mendoza, Program Coordinator
Mia is a native New Mexican and has called Albuquerque home since 2008. She obtained Bachelor’s degrees in Religious Studies and Psychology from the University of New Mexico. She will graduate with her Master’s in Social Work, with a focus in public policy and social justice, in May of 2017. Since living in Albuquerque, Mia has worked with several organizations serving underrepresented populations, as a case manager, legal advocate, and counselor. She has been involved with the Agora Crisis Center since 2008, and has served as a director, mentor, lecturer, and youth outreach coordinator for an educational program on suicide prevention and intervention, depression, and anxiety.
Mia is deeply devoted to advocacy work, striving to create educational, social, and economic opportunities, and helping individuals and communities realize and foster their potential and strength. As a FACES for the Future Coordinator she will be able to blend these interests and help youth achieve empowerment. Mia also loves spending quality time with loved ones, hiking in New Mexico’s beautiful mountains with her dog, Sophie, going on road trips, listening to podcasts, and discovering new music.
Mia Mendoza, LMSW
FACES for the Future, Albuquerque
555 12th Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (505) 463-0240