Move Mountains Project 2018

$2,570 of $6,500 goal

Raised by 38 people in 10 months

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

culebra communities.


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:




SAN LUIS, CO 81152


Visit our website www.movemountainsprojects.org 


For more information contact us at movemountainsproject@gmail.com

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Due to the incredible support from individuals and businesses, foundations such as the Chinook Fund and American Family Insurance, and local institutions such as the Costilla County Commissioners, Centennial School District, Costilla Conservancy District, Costilla Tax and Lodging we have raised over $16,000 for the Youth Leaders Summer Program this year. We are currently just $680 short of our goal. If you’ve got a few more bucks at the moment, please donate again. Please share this GoFundMe page with your friends and family to help us reach our goal.

We’re currently in the middle of our 3rd week of the program. Just like every year, it goes so fast. We’ve had a field trip to the Great Sand Dunes and Zapata Falls and we were also welcomed to the Wild Rivers Recreation Area and Cerro Vista Organic Farm in Cerro, New Mexico. We’ve been honored to host facilitators such as Master Herbologist Theresa Vigil, Ryan Johns from Alpine Achievers Initiative, and Permaculturists Jared and Mercedes. Lindsay Deen joined us again this year to talk about photography and how to use the technology in our pockets to create meaningful media. Our former Program Director Kerry Millen came through town with her new son to facilitate a reflection on community action and the role Move Mountains plays in this community. Community elder Ronny Sandoval joined us to talk about holistic health through a native perspective using the medicine wheel.

This week we’ve focused on activism and community action. Former Ancient Forest Rescue activists, Kirsten Atkins and Denise Luttrell as well as Pavlos Stavropoulos from the Woodbine Ecology Center came to San Luis to talk about ecology and direct action. Today we’ve transitioned to talking about entrepreneurship and preparing for our next guest facilitator, Jose Rodriguez. Youth are identifying challenges in their community and proposing solutions to those challenges.

Our final week of programming is packed. We’ll have elder Theresa Vigil here again with us for one day followed by entrepreneur and organizer, Andrea Jacome of Cocarosa Apothecary ( https://www.cocarosa.com). Andrea will be facilitating two workshops with the youth in which they will create healing tinctures of Osha.

The youth have divided into work groups called Tag Team Ups and are reporting back to each other their progress towards their Capstone. The Capstone projects are something that each youth is passionate about and will be presenting at Santa Ana on Saturday the 28th in San Luis.

Moving forward, the board and staff of Move Mountains are planning for a big year of growth. We’re excited to report that we’ve been nominated for a major grant opportunity (details coming soon). We’re laying out our fundraising strategy for the next year to strengthen our programming and expand our impact in the community. In 2019, we hope to have a tier system for youth as they age through Move Mountains and increasingly take peer leadership roles within the organization and their community. We’re also planning to expand our year around programming and grow our summer program into something longer, more in-depth and more challenging for these incredible youth.

Stay tuned on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/youcanmovemountains/

Website: www.movemountainsprojects.org
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$2,570 of $6,500 goal

Raised by 38 people in 10 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Move Mountains Projects Incorporated
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San Luis, CO
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