This summer the Youth Leaders of the Sangre de Cristo Land Grant invite you to San Luis, Colorado to witness their vision for the future of el valle de San Luis, su pueblo, y el futuro del Movimiento Chicano!
The Move Mountains Project is a youth-driven community organization in its 5th year of organizing youth through art and entrepreneurship to create a sustainable platform for their voices. Our mission is to encourage youth, as heirs to the Sangre de Cristo Land Grant, to develop deeper understandings of art, resource preservation, and entrepreneurship in order to empower active community citizens through a focus on local and global social justice issues. By facilitating the Art and Science Festival for the annual Santa Ana celebration on Saturday July 28, 2018, we rally San Luis around the voices of the youth.
To activate youth into taking
ownership of their community,
speaking up about what they see, and
using their creativity to positively
influence San Luis and the surrounding
We currently serve 70 youth on a drop-in basis annually. Approximately 61% of youth enrolled in Centennial Middle and High School engage in MMP workshops, service learning projects, trips and special events.
Move Mountains Youth Leaders drive programming through conversations with supportive adults, research-based assessments, interviews and surveys. As they develop trust with mentors and elders, youth leaders discuss how they want to serve their communities. Youth Leaders have successfully organized to address several critical issues in their school, community and families.
In our 5th year as a youth-led organization, we turn to the elders of San Luis and the surrounding counties to connect and generate stories and community action. Lessons will give youth skills and strategies to enable them to be impactful storytellers, ie: identifying hidden meaning, forming questions for deeper understanding, planning community events, accessing languages other than English, and combine oral storytelling with other art forms. Youth Leaders will also connect with mentors and youth from other communities to exchange skills, stories, and their histories. Youth Leaders will attend workshops ranging from wilderness survival, herbology, traditional healing, and resource preservation. Youth Leaders will facilitate community service projects that are rooted in tradition such as cleaning the communities acequias.
The Move Mountains Project seeks to revive the stories still hiding in the lips of the elders and youth alike, trickling down arroyos and acequias, and locked behind the gates of La Sierra. Stories are the lifeblood of a people. Whether historical or mythological, stories provide a context of culture and identity for individuals in a society.
Add to the power of these leaders’ voices! Please donate to support our 2018 Youth Leaders Summer Program and share the story of this youth movement with your friends and families.
We have raised $20,000 through local and regional government and private foundation loans, help us raise the $6,500 more we need for the 5th Annual Youth Leaders Summer Program!
MOVE MOUNTAINS IS A 501(C)(3) Non Profit Organization
DONATE ONLINE May 15 2018 to July 15 2018 OR MAIL A CHECK TO:
MOVE MOUNTAINS PROJECTS. INC
PO BOX 44
SAN LUIS, CO 81152
Visit our website www.movemountainsprojects.org
For more information contact us at [email redacted]
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