FLOW: Future Leaders of the World
FLOW enables teens to focus their acquired knowledge and skills in the areas of arts and agriculture towards inventive community leadership opportunities. Meeting once a month, FLOW is the steering committee and “think tank” for all of NYP’s programming.
FLOW members initiate, plan, organize, execute, and manage all teen programs, community service projects and fundraisers—from mentoring younger children and community action to deciding where to go on field trips.
Working together with their peers, teenagers learn basic skills like running a meeting, marketing events, and community building.
They also originate entrepreneurial projects including operating booths at local fiestas, exhibiting and selling their art, bringing their produce to market, and finding diverse ways to give back.
Although Northern Youth Project teens raise some of their own revenue, it is with the help from many generous individuals, organizations, and local businesses that our programs are made possible. Luciente, Inc., a community-based, 501(c)(3) organization, is the fiscal sponsor of the initiative. The Northern Youth Project garden site is provided by Tres Semillas Foundation, Inc.
In 2015, the Santa Fe Community Foundation awarded Northern Youth Project a coveted Chispa Award, given to organizations who are a shining light (chispa) in their communities and do “a lot with a little.” Other important organizations who have generously supported NYP include Clothing Helping Kids; Con Alma Foundation; United Way of Northern New Mexico; New Mexico Children’s Foundation; Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area; Dr. Gerald J. & Dorothy R. Friedman Medical Foundation, Inc.; Farm to Table New Mexico; Abiquiú Studio Tour; and Owl Peak Farm. More than 2,500 volunteer hours and thousands of dollars worth of in kind goods and services are donated each year to keep our program—and youth—thriving.