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About True Kids 1


True Kids 1 is a youth media education nonprofit based in Taos, New Mexico. To learn more about how we support student success and bridge classroom to career.

Our Mission


is to provide New Mexico youth with media skills, tools and opportunities to open career paths and promote digital citizenship.

THE TRUEKIDS1 MODEL

In our model, K-12 teachers and students are supported by higher education partners providing mentors, local government providing facilities and resources, community organizations providing guidance and purpose, local media outlets providing access to audience, and employers providing opportunities for professional experience and internships.

True Kids 1 coordinates the efforts of these community partners, with all activity integrated by four basic components:

Mentoring by media and tech industry professionals – provided by NM TechWorks, Stagecoach Foundation and others

Community Engagement through local media outlets – such as KNCE, Taos, KSFR, Santa Fe and PBS NM

Pedagogical Framework with Ongoing Professional Development – from the Media Education Lab

In August 2018, True Kids 1 launched a three year media arts education initiative in northern NM schools, in partnership with the Media Education Lab at Columbia College Chicago. The program is grounded in the Media Production Hive Framework, developed by Dr. Yonty Friesem of the Media Education Lab.

This initiative involves 20 K-12 classrooms in six schools participating in a year long program combining media production (i.e. video, radio, web design) with media literacy and social/collaborative skills.  At the end of the year, students will share their work with the community at a media celebration festival.

Participating schools include: Taos Pueblo Day School, Taos Integrated School of the Arts, Taos Middle School, Anansi Charter School, Taos Charter School, and Moreno Valley High School. Classes from Vista Grande High School and Taos Academy are also participating in our youth radio productions.

In the coming year, there are plans to expand this model to schools throughout New Mexico

 

NEWS

True Kids 1 Students Win 3rd Place in NM Brainy Solutions Video Contest

Jake Martinez and Hayden Greywolf from the 6th grade at Taos Charter School won third place in the 2019 Brainy Solutions video contest, presented by the New Mexico Museum of History and Science. The contest…

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Jake Martinez and Hayden Greywolf from the 6th grade at Taos Charter School won third place in the 2019 Brainy Solutions video contest, presented by the New Mexico Museum of History and Science. The contest is open to middle school classrooms throughout the state, and asks students to offer innovative solutions to world problems. Jake and Hayden's video presented their plan to create a metal shield to cover microwave ovens to protect people from microwave radiation. On May 6, 2019, their video was shown on the IMAX screen at the NM Museum of History and Science in Albuquerque. The sixth grade class at Taos Charter School is one of the 20 classrooms participating in the True Kids 1 Media Education pilot this year in Taos, NM.


 

True Kids 1 Students Win LANL Scholarships

Two Taos students who have been part of True Kids 1's radio and video journalism projects over the last several years have been named 2019 LANL Scholars.  Here's what Mike Ammerman, LANL Foundation Scholarship Manager had…

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Two Taos students who have been part of True Kids 1's radio and video journalism projects over the last several years have been named 2019 LANL Scholars.  Here's what Mike Ammerman, LANL Foundation Scholarship Manager had to say about our two award winners:

Zachary Ginn of Taos High School received a $20,000 Gold Scholarship, our top level award. Of 350 applicants, only 3 were awarded this scholarship. Zach was one of 11 students invited to participate in an interview to determine the winners of our top awards. Zach stood out in this process due to his exemplary academic record, his leadership in areas where he is most passionate , and his community to serving his community.

Jeremy Duran of Taos Academy Charter School received a $6,000 Bronze Scholarship. This is our largest scholarship category, with 68 students receiving this award. Jeremy’s role as Director of Journalism for True Kids1 along with his stellar academic history and desire to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering made him a very strong candidate for this award.

True Kids 1 is very proud of these two young leaders! We will keep you updated on their future achievements.


 
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  • True Kids 1 at LESC

    True Kids 1 was invited to present to the New Mexico Legislative Education Committee on September 27th in Albuquerque. True Kids 1 and its partners from Stagecoach Foundation, UNM-Taos Digital Media Arts, Levers, and the Las Cruces School District TV program talked about our Youth Media School Initiative currently being implemented in 20 K-12 classrooms in six northern New Mexico schools and our vision for expanding our model to Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Cruces.




    Best Student Journalism Show 2018

    True Kids 1 won a 2018 New Mexico Broadcasting Association award in the teen journalism category for our youth radio roundtable on School Shootings and Gun Violence. The show was hosted by seven NM High School Students, including survivors of the 2017 Aztec NM HS shooting. The show originally aired on KNCE Taos 93.5FM, and was rebroadcast on KSFR Santa Fe 101.1FM and KUNM Albuquerque 89.9FM. You can listen to the show here.




    True Kids 1 Films NM Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

    On Sunday, Nov 4 True Kids 1 filmed a meet and greet with NM candidates Ben Ray Lujan, Martin Heinrich and Michelle Lujan Grisham. Our student journalists also interviewed Governor Grisham, Representative Susan Herrera, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and Representative Bobby Gonzalez. You can see the videos in the media section of our website and on our YouTube Channel




    Media Education Bill 103 Passes Senate Ed Committee

    Senate Bill 103 which will expand True Kids 1’s youth media education model statewide received a “Do Pass” vote (8-1) from the Senate Education Committee on February 1, 2019. The bill now moves to the Senate Finance Committee. Supporters of this bill are encouraged to call Representative Bobby Gonzales (505) 986-4319 and Senator Carlos Cisneros (505) 986-4362 to encourage its passing.




    True Kids 1 Students Win LANL Scholarships

    Two Taos students who have been part of True Kids 1’s radio and video journalism projects over the last several years have been named 2019 LANL Scholars. 

    Here’s what Mike Ammerman, LANL Foundation Scholarship Manager had to say about our two award winners:

    Zachary Ginn of Taos High School received a $20,000 Gold Scholarship, our top level award. Of 350 applicants, only 3 were awarded this scholarship. Zach was one of 11 students invited to participate in an interview to determine the winners of our top awards. Zach stood out in this process due to his exemplary academic record, his leadership in areas where he is most passionate , and his community to serving his community.

    Jeremy Duran of Taos Academy Charter School received a $6,000 Bronze Scholarship. This is our largest scholarship category, with 68 students receiving this award. Jeremy’s role as Director of Journalism for True Kids1 along with his stellar academic history and desire to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering made him a very strong candidate for this award.

    True Kids 1 is very proud of these two young leaders! We will keep you updated on their future achievements.




    True Kids 1 Students Win 3rd Place in NM Brainy Solutions Video Contest

    Jake Martinez and Hayden Greywolf from the 6th grade at Taos Charter School won third place in the 2019 Brainy Solutions video contest, presented by the New Mexico Museum of History and Science. The contest is open to middle school classrooms throughout the state, and asks students to offer innovative solutions to world problems.

    Jake and Hayden’s video presented their plan to create a metal shield to cover microwave ovens to protect people from microwave radiation. On May 6, 2019, their video was shown on the IMAX screen at the NM Museum of History and Science in Albuquerque.

    The sixth grade class at Taos Charter School is one of the 20 classrooms participating in the True Kids 1 Media Education pilot this year in Taos, NM.




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OUR BOARD


FERDI SERIM

Ferdi currently serves as Director of Learning Innovations at Innovate + Educate in Santa Fe. He has worked in many venues: Board Member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN); State Ed Tech Director for New Mexico; Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Data Program Manager, Governor’s Broadband Initiative Program Manager, and Associate of the David Thornburg Center for Professional Development. He’s a passionate educator and jazz musician.




ENRICO TRUJILLO

Enrico is a media specialist for the UNM-Taos Digital Media Department. A Taos native, Enrico has been a professional artist and educator for the past 20 years. Enrico’s level head, artistic spirit and media expertise make him an invaluable asset for True Kids 1.



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  • FERDI SERIM

    Ferdi currently serves as Director of Learning Innovations at Innovate + Educate in Santa Fe. He has worked in many venues: Board Member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN); State Ed Tech Director for New Mexico; Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Data Program Manager, Governor’s Broadband Initiative Program Manager, and Associate of the David Thornburg Center for Professional Development. He’s a passionate educator and jazz musician.




    ENRICO TRUJILLO

    Enrico is a media specialist for the UNM-Taos Digital Media Department. A Taos native, Enrico has been a professional artist and educator for the past 20 years. Enrico’s level head, artistic spirit and media expertise make him an invaluable asset for True Kids 1.




    LYNN ROMEJKO

    Board Co-Chair Lynn Romejko-Jacobs is also the Department Chair at the SMU Simmons School of Education and Human Development and has served on the SMU faculty since 1980. A sharp, passionate educator, Lynn has been a part time Taos resident for over 20 years. In 2007 she helped design and create a new major in Applied Physiology and Sports Management. With her positive spirit, extensive experience in education and non-profits, Lynn is a tremendous resource for True Kids 1.




    JONATHAN DOOLEY

    Jonathan is the Principal of the Media Arts Collaborative Charter School in Albuquerque, which offers secondary students a project-based, cross-curricular education centered in the media arts. Jonathan’s 30+ year career in education includes working on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and teaching in Albuquerque schools. Jonathan plays trombone in a local band, and has been a host/producer on an award-winning NPR program.




    LARRY MAPES

    A Taos native, Larry is a respected leader within the business community and local government, currently chairing the Education Committee of the Taos County Chamber of Commerce. Larry is the owner and CEO of Valverde Energy and Bond Plumbing.




    ANTHONY RADEMEYER

    Anthony Rademeyer – Board Co-Chair. Anthony worked in investment banking and markets for HSBC in Europe, Asia and the United States, retiring as Group General Manager and Head of Corporate, Investment Banking and Markets Asia in 2005. He and his wife Fabienne moved to El Salto in 2009. One of the original supporters and dedicated advisors of True Kids 1, Anthony’s experience, professionalism and wisdom are invaluable to True Kids 1’s success.




    ANDY “ROSEY” HAYETT

    Founder/Director. Mr. Hayett has worked with youth in Taos for over 20 years as a teacher and mentor, partnering with schools and community organizations to create enrichment programs around arts, education and wellness. He founded True Kids 1 in 2016 as a result of his work with youth at KNCE radio.