Advocacy

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

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 President Jamie Trujillo for more information about the advocacy committee and how you can get involved:

Contact Person: Jamie Trujillo
Email: jamie@abqalc.org
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: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Ro_vRGnHjnP9ypxytO1LliqvUWb2aTTT?usp=sharing

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

State Resources

2020-2021 New Mexico Adult Education Fact Sheet

AE Fact Sheet 2020-2021.pdf


AE Fact Sheet 2020-2021 pg2.pdf

Teachers, Administrators, and Friends of Adult Ed: Send an Email Supporting Adult Education (with help from COABE!)

Click "Take Action" below, enter your contact information and click "SUBMIT" to preview the editable letter we will send on your behalf to Congress, Governors, and Mayors.


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.