YHL IN THE COMMUNITY
No single agency can do everything, so we work with a broad range of agencies and service providers, so we can work together to tackle larger issues. If it turns out we can't provide the help that you need, we'll find out who can and give you a warm-handed referral.
Making Life Safer and Better
Youth Heartline is the only non-profit in Taos, Colfax, and Union counties focused on serving abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families.
Since 1991, Youth Heartline has strived to make life safer and better for vulnerable children and families in our community. We provide essential services to over 250 children and youth each year. The agency has grown significantly in the past few years but is facing significant deficits. We are currently working hard to consolidate our growth, strengthen our administrative structure, and invest in our systems and infrastructure so that we maintain a robust organization.
We are an agency with an open door policy that is trained and prepared to assist our most vulnerable community members: children. YHL also assists many in our community who need help who aren't children by providing referrals. Staff are equipped with an array of language competencies (Tiwa, Spanish, Mandarin, ASL), and we particularly seek to better serve many other marginalized groups such as gay, lesbian, transgender, homeless, handicapped, and immigrants.
We work hard to promote awareness of the child welfare system because it is complex, often unintuitive, and can stack the odds against our kids and teens. Healthy, thriving kids means a healthy, thriving community.
Child Advocacy Programs
Our flagship program recruits, trains, and supervises community members appointed by the District Judge to be advocates for kids during the vulnerable period when they are removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. CASAs advocate with CYFD, attorneys, counselors for the kids and the family, and any other parties involved before making their own independent recommendations to the District Judge in the best interests of the kids. Youth Heartline's CASA program operates in NM's Eighth Judicial District and is affiliated with the National CASA Association.
We serve over 100 foster children a year in the tri-county judicial district, ensuring that they are safe and helping them thrive. Every foster kid deserves a caring, consistent, compassionate adult who has their back.
*Services provided in our Taos and Raton offices
The Nurturing Program for Families in Substance Use Treatment & Recovery is built on the principles of relational development. We believe that success and satisfaction of parents and children improve as empathy, authenticity, and empathy become more vital to relationships.
The Nurturing Parenting Program serves Partners of parenting adults in treatment and recovery, extended family members who may be parenting children of substance using adults, and adults in treatment and/or recovery for substance use problems and who are in parenting relationships with children.
Interested families and providers can fill out a referral form (pdf link below) and submit by email, fax, or post.
*Services provided in Taos and Raton.
YHL participates in the Taos County Juvenile Justice Continuum Board and the Taos Milagro Rotary Club because we believe that comprehensive efforts are needed to improve and strengthen communities.
Trails to Trees
We partner with the DreamTree Project youth shelter and the Field Institute of Taos to take at-risk kids on half-day and full-day outdoor activities once a month to build friendships and learn about environmental stewardship, providing pickup/dropoff, meals, and water at no charge to participants.
Trails to Trees is facing significant funding cuts - make a personal donation to help us keep doing this wonderful program!
*Available in Taos
Taos Pueblo Family Navigator
This is a joint program with Taos Pueblo Division of Health and Community Services that helps Native families who are victims of crime to fully recover by providing case management and assistance in accessing all available resources.
Safe Exchange/Supervised Visitation
When parents separate, children often bear the brunt of conflict. Whether you are court ordered or self-referred, Youth Heartline provides a safe and welcoming environment for parents and children to maintain and build healthier, stronger relationships.
*Available in Taos and Raton
An after school enrichment program in the Gusdorf Park low-income housing development providing neighborhood kids with a safe place to do fun, educational activities. We provide a healthy meal and a broad range of meaningful activities that promote creativity, literacy, numeracy, and technology skills to help disadvantaged children improve their academic achievement and life outcomes.
In 2019, SmArt House is generously supported in part by a grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield New Mexico's Healthy Kids Healthy Families program.
We provide counseling, advocacy, and assistance accessing resources for families experiencing or recovering from violence and trauma. Join our therapy groups, receive one-on-one services, or sign your kids up for once-a-month outdoor activities. We have staff at Taos Pueblo and the Town of Taos to assist you.
*Available in Taos and Raton
TCF Child-Rite Grants
Through the generous support of Taos Community Foundation and the Child Rite Fund, YHL has been able to make small grants to help keep struggling families together and to help foster kids and their foster parents stabilize placements during a period of extreme disruption in their lives.
We have purchased winter clothes, hygiene products, heating, and many other things to help families get back on their feet.
Your donations allow us to help more kids and families in need.
One Circle Foundation Programs
Adolescence is a confusing, scary time, and teens often form habits during these years that will follow them for the rest of their lives. Girls' Circle and Council for Young Men are evidence-based programs that offer at-risk teens skills and relationship-building support to protect against victimization, suicide, and delinquency and become healthier, happier adults.
*Available in Taos