Without you — our donors, volunteers, partners, teachers, scholars, and grantees — the LANL Foundation couldn't exist. We are profoundly grateful for all of you, and your dedication is changing the lives of our students and their families.
To Our Community:
As we write this letter, in June 2020, our country is in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic and experiencing civil unrest and anger. Protests are being held throughout the U.S. to challenge the police brutality, extrajudicial killings, and racism that Black people in the United States have endured for our history. COVID-19 is magnifying the impact of racism on health disparities.
In New Mexico, Native American people account for well over half of the state’s cases, despite being only 11% of the population. In our country, COVID-19 has hit African-American, Latinx, Asian, and Native American people at higher rates than White people. It is a turbulent and difficult time for New Mexico, the United States, and the whole world. However, we are also inspired because people are engaged and we know an engaged and active citizenry is core to a strong democracy.
Our work in 2019 focused on the children and families of northern New Mexico and those who support them: caregivers, early childhood providers, teachers, principals, nonprofits, and community organizations. We work to foster the endless potential in our communities by improving their access to rich opportunities in and outside the classroom. This report highlights our partners’ wonderful work and demonstrates what can happen when our communities work together to lift each other up. New Mexicans are resilient, courageous, and strong.
Despite these hard times, LANL Foundation will continue to bring diverse groups together, to amplify voices that are often not heard, facilitate dialogue, and create spaces for understanding, compassion, and hope for a better, more just future. We will also continue to nurture human potential and inspire excellence in education and learning. As Nelson Mandela so astutely said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”
With Warm Wishes,
Jennifer M. Parks, President & CEO