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Kids Can expands elementary and middle school after-school programs

This semester, Kids Can is excited to partner with NMSU STEM Outreach Center, Las Cruces Public Schools, Gadsden Independent School District, and Hatch Valley Schools. We share our newly created program with certified teachers and educational assistants throughout Doña Ana County and ask them to facilitate our after-school programs with the support of our amazing Kids Can staff.

These instructors are paid through 21st Century Grant funds, and they also receive another stipend for training and curriculum feedback offered during the semester to advance the clarity and ease of delivery of this new program already age-appropriate and comprehensive. The next steps will be to connect the program to grade the educational standards covered by the program, and then we will be ready for a full regional launch of the Kids Can program. We are excited to bring the Youth Tested and Approved Entrepreneurship Program to young people across the South West and beyond.

At Mesilla Valley Leadership Academy, the Kids Can program teaches entrepreneurship to 16 students in grades 6-8.

After-school programs take place twice a week at participating schools. Homework help is provided for the first 30 minutes as well as a healthy snack before the start of class.

Programs will be completed at the following elementary and middle schools:

Las Cruces Public Schools

  • Camino Real College
  • Lynn Community High School
  • Mesilla Valley Learning Academy
  • Desert Hills Elementary School
  • Central Primary School
  • Alameda Elementary School
  • Doña Ana Elementary School

Hatch Valley Schools

  • Hatch Valley High School
  • Rio Grande Elementary School

Gadsden Independent School District

  • Chaparral College
  • Chaparral Elementary School
  • Gadsden Primary School
  • Sunland Park Elementary School

With the Kids Can program, we aim to empower young people in our community to create and develop their own products/services and learn the responsibilities and enthusiasm of entrepreneurship. These programs are hands-on, where students learn entrepreneurship through planning, marketing, and building their own business. Elementary students learn business principles through the concept of running a lemonade stand business; middle school students learn the same principles by building a business on whatever they choose with guided support from program instructors.

Thank you to all the teachers for contributing to the success of this program! The Kids Can staff appreciate your hard work and dedication.

April Christensen is the founder of the Community Action Agency’s Kids Can Youth Entrepreneur program. For more information, she can be contacted at [email protected] or call 575-680-6766.

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