Mayor's Community Cabinet


 Mayor's Children Youth and Family Community CABINET

In September 2014, President Obama issued a challenge to cities, towns, counties and tribes across the country to become “MBK Communities.” This challenge represents a call to action for all members of our communities, and mayors in particular, as they often sit at the intersection of many of the vital forces and structural components needed to enact sustainable change through policy, programs, and partnerships. 

The MBK Community Challenge encourages communities (cities, rural municipalities, and tribal nations) to implement a coherent cradle-to-college-and-career strategy for improving the life outcomes of all young people to ensure that they can reach their full potential, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or the circumstances into which they are born.

In January 2015 Mayor Gonzales accepted that challenge and placed Santa Fe on the list of becoming an MBK community. Alongside the work of the Mayors Children Youth and Family Cabinet, Santa Fe now has MBK at its core in early childhood development and disconnected youth. The cabinet is committed to ensuring a birth to career pathway for all Santa Fean's.


The Vision of the Children Youth and Family Community Cabinet (CYFCC) :

Improve the overall well-being for babies, children, youth and families within our Santa Fe community.


The Mission of the Children Youth and Family Community Cabinet (CYFCC) :

To create a cross-sector collaborative governance that:

  • Ensures that all children enter kindergarten prepared to learn and succeed. 

  • Ensures that all children are proficient in reading by 3rd grade.

  • Improves high-school graduation rates and college preparedness

  • Ensures high-school graduates and disconnected youth have pathways to post secondary education and workforce training options 

  • Develops and implement educational and workforce training initiatives that supports economic development.

  • Designs, proposes, and recommends alternative policies (both state and local) to meet the intended outcomes of CYFCC.

  • Aligns and seeks appropriate funding through local, state, and national partners.


The Framework of the Children Youth and Family Community Cabinet (CYFCC) : 

  • To build a collaborative governance structure of cross sector leaders to improve coordination, efficiency, and alignment of resources across local levels of government, private sector and community agencies;

  • Improve the City's economy and prospects for competition in the job market by investing in the education and skills of children, the city's future workforce;

  • Foster public awareness of children, youth and family issues;

  • Engage new partners in public efforts to service children and their families;

  • Build long-term commitment to children's issues in our community; and

  • Foster coordination among stakeholders at the local, state, and national level to inform and empower decision-makers.

The Santa Fe Collective Action Plan:

The Priority Focus Areas:

  • Early Childhood

  • Leadership, Mentorship and Education

  • Prevention and Re-engagement of Disconnected Youth

  • Workforce Development and Career Pathways





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