NMAEA is embarking on a renewed advocacy path that includes YOU!

Adult Education and Literacy Day is February 13, 2024!

We hope to see you and your students at the Roundhouse!

CLICK HERE to access the NMAEA Advocacy Toolkit Google Drive folder

CLICK HERE to nominate and Outstanding Student of the Year


Write to your Legislator to Support Adult Education 

Click here to find your legislators.

Not sure what to write? Make a copy of this template.

Advocacy involves promoting the interests of a person or group of people.  An advocate is anyone who supports, recommends, or argues for a cause; this may include advocating for a specific policy or course of action.   Effective advocacy requires strategic preparation, mobilization, coordination, amplification, and importantly:  helping people find their voice.    Knowing your audience, being clear on your 'asks,' and balancing the presentation of information with human-centered storytelling are all critical aspects of effective advocacy efforts.  Like anything else, strong advocacy skills are built over time.

New Mexico needs a strong group of adult education and literacy advocates to help us raise awareness and advance support for our important work.   That means we need you!  Students, parents, teachers, administrators -- all have valuable perspectives and experiences to share, and each voice helps strengthen the others.  Everyone in the field is an advocate on some level, but some of you might choose to take it to the next level and actively work to champion the adult education and literacy cause.  

We invite you to explore the resources below to help get you started.  The New Mexico Adult Education Association (NMAEA) has an advocacy committee you can join to help build your skills and take further action.  Getting involved will help you connect with your colleagues and grow as a professional, while you are contributing to the important work of supporting adult education.  Win win!  

Please contact NMAEA Executive Director Jamie Trujillo for more information about the advocacy committee and how you can get involved:

Contact Person: Jamie Trujillo
Phone/Text: (505) 228-9168 

"We are Adult Education" - Request for Videos

We are creating and releasing a "We are Adult Education" video that showcases the diversity and impact of Adult Education in the state. Therefore, here is our ask:

Please record 1-3 short clips of students (individual or as a class), staff, and/or community members saying, "We are adult education". It would be very beneficial to have at least some of the videos feature different individuals in their workplaces.

Upload clips to the Google Drive folder found at this link:

For inclusion in this year's legislative video, pleased submit recordings by Monday, January 31st at 5:00 pm.

State Resources

2021-2022 New Mexico Adult Education Fact Sheet

Adult Education Fact Sheet FY24_FINAL.pdf
Adult Education Fact Sheet FY24_FINAL page 2.pdf
Citizen's Guide to Leg. Advocacy in NM.pdf
NM Voices Budget-guide-2021-update-web.pdf

Lt. Governor Howie Morales in his Adult Education mask.

10-05-20 Thank you Lieutenant Governor Morales for meeting with the NMAEA Advocacy Team and thanks to students Jessica Diaz and April Little for your wonderful testimonials!

10-08-20 Thank you Senator Kernan for meeting with our NMAEA Advocacy Team and thanks to students Desiree Luna and Minlin Chen for your wonderful testimonials!

Zoom meeting participants (Left to right, top to bottom): LD Lovett, Teri Wimborne, Jessica Diaz, Emily Glikas, Jamie Trujillo, April Little, Letty Naranjo, Lt. Governor Morales, Jeffrey Abramowitz, Jim Ferrell.