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Projects & campaigns



Organizing & Leadership Development

Leadership training and development is a part of all our projects and campaigns. We also hold our El Puente Leadership Academy during the summer for youth 14-25 years old in addition to our Poder Familiar Trainings. Applications for El Puente are posted in May and are available on our trainings page. El Puente will resume Summer 2025.


Poder Familiar

Poder Familiar is a Family Leadership Collaborative that came into fruition in 2017. Poder Familiar is currently working on several projects in the schools and in the community. Examples include our arts and culture programming, Abriendo Puertas / Opening Doors workshop series, Sand Play, vaccine equity campaigns & clinics, Consejos, and more! 


Community Driven Planning & Development

We are working on several community development projects and campaigns with our members including the Southside Teen Center, Airport Rd Main Street, the 100% Santa Fe Initiative and so much more. 

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Environmental Justice Campaign

We worked with Southside residents to oppose the consolidation of an asphalt plant in our area. This area is dense with housing and new developments, plus it is close to our schools. 

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La Milpa Comunitaria

The La Milpa Comunitaria project is a family food justice project. Our purpose is to create a space where families come together and learn about growing food, where children and young people learn and share their cultural roots, and where we can cultivate not only the land but also human relationships and good habits. 

Santa Fe Mutual Aid
Solidarity Economy

With the help of community leaders and organizations, we helped lead the jumpstart of Santa Fe Mutual Aid at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hosted community events like Community Swap Meets and Brake Light Repair Clinics. Thanks to our neighbors and members, we have also redistributed $324,000 to community members in Santa Fe County for groceries, medicine, household supplies, rent, and more! We also took part in the national movement to redistribute federal stimulus checks to our undocumented & mixed status community members/families.




In 2019, YUCCA emerged out of Earth Care's El Puente Leadership Academy. YUCCA launched a climate emergency campaign that summer and has been leading direct action organizing and grassroots capacity-building in New Mexico to pressure politicians, candidates, and the press to address the climate crisis. Led by youth from Indigenous, Latine, Immigrant, Chicano, and low-income backgrounds, the campaign successfully mobilized thousands of youth and adults for the climate strike on 9/20/2019 and has continued to build on that momentum with a series of actions designed to hold Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham and her administration as well as law-makers accountable for inadequate action on the climate crisis. Our campaign has earned consistent media attention and has included escalated tactics, including 21 arrests for civil disobedience in October.

The purpose of YUCCA is to grow a youth-led intergenerational & intersectional grassroots climate justice movement in NM that is powerful enough to hold leaders accountable and force the passage of climate policies that address the science, move us swiftly toward carbon neutrality, and end our abusive dependence on fossil fuel extraction. We need to keep the untapped reserves in the Permian Basin – in the ground!

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