One Albuquerque: Kids' Cabinet

The City of Albuquerque and community partners support our community's children with One Albuquerque: Kids' Cabinet.

Senior Policy Advisor for Education Sasha Pellerin

Sasha Pellerin, Senior Policy Advisor for Education [email protected]

We have a pivotal role in serving youth in Albuquerque. Expanding access to effective youth programs to keep our next generation engaged, learning, and out of harm’s way is a top priority.
—Tim Keller

In 2018, $1M was invested into city-run youth programs. Simultaneously, Mayor Keller established the One Albuquerque Kids' Cabinet.

Who We Are

The Cabinet is an appointed action body composed of content experts, community partners, and agencies who work with city leadership to identify ways to improve access and increase youth opportunities across Albuquerque. Membership includes representatives from the public and private sector as well as the City of Albuquerque Police Department; Equity and Inclusion; Family and Community Services; Cultural Services; Parks and Recreation; Senior Affairs; and Transit.

Kids' Cabinet Work Groups

The One Albuquerque Kids' Cabinet is charged with:

  • Identifying service gaps and potential assets
  • Conducting gap analyses
  • Cultivating youth voice
  • Selecting and implementing strategies and leveraging resources
  • Developing Policy

Strategic Priorities & Committees

Community members are leading the following work groups:

  • Public Safety
  • Early Learning
  • Outcomes and Data
  • Out-of-School Time

Current Projects:


The Mapping the Gap: Out-of-School Time Programming in the City of Albuquerque report identifies where Out-of-School-Time programming is offered across the City of Albuquerque, and it uses a demographic analysis to identify the areas where these programs may be needed most. Understanding these patterns, both where programming is offered and where it is needed most, can help the City and its partner organizations build or expand existing programs.

Out-of-School Time programs can play a fundamental role in youth development. Whether it is a cooking class, soccer practice, or after-school tutoring, these activities allow youth to have high-quality interactions with their peers and adults, which can help the development of self-management strategies. Academic oriented programs can also support positive academic outcomes. However, research suggests that low-income families and families of color often struggle to engage in OST programming due to the cost of these programs or other logistical barriers, like programs being too far away or rigid work schedules that prevent parents from taking their children to these programs. Because of this, it is critical for the City of Albuquerque to understand who is not currently being served and where strategic partnerships may be in order to fill the gap.


View Report as a PDF file.

A PNG of the cover of the kids cabinet mapping the gap report.

Identifying service gaps is a key priority of the Kids' Cabinet. As a first step, the City has completed an inventory that includes all opportunities for children and families (1) administered by City departments (2) through City contracts with community organizations and (3) at City facilities. The next step is to capture additional opportunities for children and families.

Community organizations are encouraged to submit an opportunity at our Children and Youth Programs and Services Inventory.




View as a PDF file.

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One Albuquerque: Youth Connect

One ABQ: Youth Connect is committed to connecting Albuquerque's youth to childcare, education, recreation, and meals during out-of-school time throughout the year, enriching the lives of the people of Albuquerque and creating a community of safety and inclusion.

Youth Connect is made up of staff from a number of City of Albuquerque departments including the Mayor's Office, Family and Community Services, Parks and Recreation, Senior Affairs, Cultural Services, Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Department of Technology and Innovation, Transit, and partnering organizations.

View youth opportunities at One ABQ: Youth Connect.

Image of the Balloon Museum.

Past Projects:

Youth Connect State of the Summer Reports

In cities across America and across New Mexico, the pandemic led to decisions to cancel summer programs entirely and to freeze hiring for thousands of young people who depend on these programs for summer jobs. In our city, we saw a chance to step up for local families, especially our essential workers who have not had the luxury of being able to stay at home while they work. We knew affordable, accessible child development programs were even more critical in this year than ever before.

For summer 2020, we made a commitment to offer full-day youth programs for kindergarten through eighth grades at 22 community centers across Albuquerque. We brought together staff from Cultural Services, Parks and Recreation, Senior Affairs, and the Family and Community Services Departments, coordinated by our Youth Connect initiative, to offer dozens of programs adapted to include COVID-safe practices.

View the complete 2020 State of the Summer Report.

A JPG of the cover of the State of the Summer report for 2020.

The 2019 State of the Summer report provides an overview of results and future trends of City of Albuquerque youth programs and events and shows substantial growth and expansion since the Mayor’s first State of the Summer Report released in 2018.

“We set high goals and got to work providing more and better opportunities for our youth,” Mayor Tim Keller said. “The results are paying off—now, and for the future of our City—as our next generations are learning new skills and staying involved.”

View the complete 2019 State of the Summer Report.

A JPG of 2019 Sate of the Summer Report.

The first State of the Summer Report provides an overview of results and future trends of youth programs provided by the City of Albuquerque. During Mayor Keller’s first summer in office, City departments (Family and Community Services, Parks and Recreation, Cultural Services, Senior Affairs, and Transit) partnered to expand and create new opportunities for youth and families. Among some of the most dramatic results: enrollment increased at community centers by 31% and swim lessons by 17%; more than 27,000 youth registered to participate in one of the 119 programs offered by the City; and more than 1,000 youth were employed during the summer months, including many first-time employees.

View the complete 2018 State of the Summer Report.

A jpeg of Youth Connect State of the Summer 2018