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Southern New Mexico students gather at fourth annual ENLACE Youth Research Conference

About 175 students from across southern New Mexico, including Deming and Las Cruces, gathered April 16 to discuss issues important to them, including problems in schools and communities, at the fourth annual ENLACE Youth Research Conference.

About 175 students from across southern New Mexico attended the fourth annual ENLACE Youth Research Conference April 16 at the Arrowhead/Early College High School. (Courtesy photo)

The conference took place at the Arrowhead/Early College High School on the New Mexico State University campus, and was organized by the NMSU College of Education’s ENLACE Southern Program.

Christopher Adams, regional coordinator for high school and middle school course curriculum for ENLACE at NMSU, said the conference was established four years ago to give youth a voice.

“The ENLACE Southern Program recognizes that the voices of youth in general, and low-income and youth of color in particular, are so often missing from educational research and contemporary debates on institutional and social policies and practices that affect them,” Adams said.

This year’s conference featured 22 presentations on socioeconomic, environmental, health, criminal justice and educational issues impacting schools and communities, Adams said. The results and findings from the Youth Action Research Projects were shared, along with actions and solutions the students found in their research.

“Throughout the school year, ENLACE youth work to identify an issue, review the related research literature, and collect and analyze data using rigorous qualitative and quantitative methods,” Adams said.

For more information about starting an ENLACE program, contact Federico Marquez at sammy824@nmsu.edu or Christopher Adams at cmadams@nmsu.edu. More information can also be found at https://www.facebook.com/EnlaceSouthernNewMexico.