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

 

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True Kids 1 Featured in Taos News

On May 30 the Taos News ran an article about the True Kids 1 Showcase of Learning which featured civic media projects created by classrooms  that participated in our year long media education pilot. Here's…

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On May 30 the Taos News ran an article about the True Kids 1 Showcase of Learning which featured civic media projects created by classrooms  that participated in our year long media education pilot. Here's the article: Kids Journalists Take On Suicide, Climate Change, Homelessness


 

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.


 
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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.




    True Kids 1 Featured in Taos News

    On May 30 the Taos News ran an article about the True Kids 1 Showcase of Learning which featured civic media projects created by classrooms  that participated in our year long media education pilot. Here’s the article:

    Kids Journalists Take On Suicide, Climate Change, Homelessness




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Yesterday at the National Taos Jr Freeride extreme skiing and snowboarding competition, young athletes showed off their skills on the slopes and wowed crowds with their technical lines, skill, and big air! ⛷Thanks to @ifsafreeriders, in partnership with @freerideworldtour for putting together this event at Ski Taos! The clip features athletes Neilly Busch (@beillynusch,) Ella Haverkampf (@hella._.ella,) Alex Kruzel (@alex_kruzel,) and Anna Katnik. More extreme coverage coming soon! 🏂
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During the @bcorporation summit in @skitaos we were able to interview Kim Coupounas (@kimcoupounas,) Global Ambassador for B Lab about the human side of the climate crisis. Often the first people to feel these effects are those that are the most vulnerable. Natural disasters can irreparably damage communities and livelihoods, and something needs to be done. Thank you to our True Kids interviewer, Madison Davisinger (@maddy_violets) for conducting a great interview.

OUR BOARD


DR. PATRICK VALDEZ

Dr. Patrick Valdez is an accomplished higher education executive with 20 years of experience in developing and executing academic and student success programs. He has served as the Dean of the Undergraduate College and Associate Professor of the College of Mount St. Vincent in New York City since 2014. Dr. Valdez is currently Chief Executive Officer of the University of New Mexico’s branch campus in Taos, New Mexico.

Dr. Valdez is a graduate of St. Edward’s University with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies, a master’s degree in student personnel administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a doctorate in higher education administration from The University of Texas at Austin. He has held senior level positions at St. Edward’s University, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and CUNY-Lehman College developing and executing academic and student success programs.

 




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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  • DR. PATRICK VALDEZ

    Dr. Patrick Valdez is an accomplished higher education executive with 20 years of experience in developing and executing academic and student success programs. He has served as the Dean of the Undergraduate College and Associate Professor of the College of Mount St. Vincent in New York City since 2014. Dr. Valdez is currently Chief Executive Officer of the University of New Mexico’s branch campus in Taos, New Mexico.

    Dr. Valdez is a graduate of St. Edward’s University with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies, a master’s degree in student personnel administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a doctorate in higher education administration from The University of Texas at Austin. He has held senior level positions at St. Edward’s University, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and CUNY-Lehman College developing and executing academic and student success programs.

     




    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.




    MARTH BECKTELL

    As a community planner, educator and artist,​ Marth Becktell ​continues to reflect on creativity, pedagogy and learning styles. She explores how the tools of technology can be used to better communicate our traditions in digital networked environments. Currently Marth works at the University of New Mexico in Digital Arts and Information Technology. In her early career, she worked as part of a team during the formative years of Dine College.  She established the Developmental Studies Division of the Shiprock Campus and much later was invited to be part of an ambitious Navajo Nation group project in which she was co-principal investigator. Marth worked with Navajo staff and medicine men on the adaptation of traditional Navajo values and concepts related to learning and living that were infused into a new college curricula. She assisted in the translation of Navajo texts. In San Francisco Marth founded Community Service Learning in the Arts, an organization dedicated to bringing artists from the studio to the streets in a life literacy campaign. More recently, Marth was Museum Director at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Her most cherished work in life continues to be as mother and grandmother.




    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.