Youth and Family Services

Youth and Family Services division

The Youth and Family Services Division oversees the Children and Youth Commission, Human Services Section and the Youth and Teen After School Program and Summer Youth Programs at the Monica Roybal Youth Center and the Carlos Ortega Teen Center.  The youth programs provide instructional and recreational activities for local youth.  Over 80% of the children and teens served come from families whose total annual household income falls within the low to very-low income range of the federal poverty guidelines.

Children and Youth Commission

The city, through the Children and Youth Commission, improves the lives of Santa Fe children by providing funding and support for local non-profit organizations and public school programs that work for kids.  The Commission celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2009-2010.

Human Services Committee

The Human Services Section funding is designated to create a "safety net" of services to meet the essential health and human service needs of the residents of Santa Fe.  These needs include access to basic material goods and services such as primary health care, food and shelter, mental health counseling and crisis services, available financial resources, it is expected that agencies will receive ongoing funding as long as they contribute to the "safety net" as currently defined.

Juvenile Justice Program

 The Santa Fe Regional Juvenile Justice Board (SFRJJB) is a sanctioned planning board by the City of Santa Fe.  The Board is served by community members from diverse backgrounds who are appointed by the Mayor and City Council.  They are one of tweny continuum sites state wide.  All of the sites are funded through the State of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJPD).

Monica Roybal Youth Center

The Monica Roybal Youth Center serves over 140 children in the After School Program and over 150 in the Summer Youth Program.  The facility is located at 737 Agua Fria and serves youth ages 6-12.

Carlos Ortega Teen Center

The Carlos Ortega Teen Center serves over 50 teens in the After School Program and over 150 teens in the Summer Youth Program.  The facility is located at 737 Agua Fria and serves teen ages 12-18.

Summer Youth Program

Each year the City provides an 8 week Summer Youth Program for children and teens.  This program is open for all children in the community.  The fee is based on a sliding fee scale depending on your annual household income.  Registration is limited and on a first-come, first served basis.





Richard DeMella
Division Director
Youth and Family Services Division
(505) 955-6678 or (505) 955-6630
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Michelle Gurule
Project Specialist
Community Services Department
(505) 955-6913
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Edith Martinez
Office Manager
Monica Roybal Youth Center
(505) 955-6750 or (505) 955-6568
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Victor Vigil
Recreation Supervisor
Carlos Ortega Teen Center
(505) 955-6860
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Senior Planner

Julie Sanchez
Program Manager
Children and Youth/Human Services
(505) 955-6678
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Lisa Noriega
Special Projects Administrator
Youth and Family Services
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