• Save Today For Your Child’s Tomorrow

    Parents know time is the most valuable commodity in the world when it comes to their children — and it can fly by in the blink of an eye. However, many families don’t realize that time can also be their most important asset when saving for a child’s college education. You shouldn’t let that time slip away.
    Take advantage of the time that you have and put your money to work by starting early and saving often with a 529 college savings plan. Saving even modest amounts, such as $25 a month, especially when your child is young, can have a dramatic impact on your out-of-pocket costs later and can make college much more affordable for you and your family. 

    Download a brochure today for the 529 Educational Plan.

    Visit the website for more information: The Education Plan





    GEAR UP 

    Lorinda Manuel, Program Coordinator: (575)387-3199

    Beverly Montoya, Data Coordinator: (575)387-3105




    Parents and Community Members are welcome to visit by appointment by calling (575)387-3199








    Senate Bill 347 (SB 347) PASSED with a HOUSE AMENDMENT during the 2014 Legislative Session; this means that both the Senators and the Representatives came to an agreement on this bill

    • Because SB 347 PASSED and has now been signed by the Governor, there are IMPORTANT CHANGES that students, families, and staff need to be aware of

    • Becoming AWARE of the NEW requirements will help you best prepare so you can ATTAIN and KEEP the Lottery Scholarship while you are in college

    • REMEMBER that there are many programs that can HELP you while in college; seek SUPPORT so that you can KEEP the Lottery Scholarship and GRADUATE 




    • Students must now take 15 credit hours per semester and must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA every semester to continue to be eligible

    • If you maintain eligibility, you can receive the Lottery Scholarship for 7 semesters for 4 year institutions



    • Students must take 12 credit hours per semester and must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA every semester to continue to be eligible

    • If you maintain eligibility, you can receive the Lottery Scholarship for 3 semesters for 2 year institutions



    The Lottery Scholarship has now been “decoupled” from tuition. This means that all students who qualify for the Lottery Scholarship will now receive “a uniform percentage of the average of in-state tuition costs charged by:

     1) Research institutions for each research institution; 

     2) Comprehensive institutions for each comprehensive institution; and

     3) Community colleges for each community college."

    In other words, the Lottery Scholarship no longer automatically covers 100% of tuition; the amount you receive will depend on the total amount of revenues available; the total amount of qualifying students, and the institute you are attending.  

  • NM Gear Up Newsletter




    Because I said I would is a social movement and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. We created the Promise Card to inspire others to keep their promises, but the movement has grown into something far greater than its origin. Our programs bridge the gap between intention and action through:

    A lot of people don’t keep their promises these days. That might just seem like social commentary, but think about how many people promise to quit smoking, graduate, recycle or volunteer… but then don’t. The consequences of broken promises plague the world. Nothing about that is going to change… unless there is something to change it. That is what we are.

    Resources for your promises:

    To fulfill a promise, sometimes we need help. We need the strength to get better. Sometimes that strength comes from the love of others. Do not be afraid to reach out to others when you need it. Do not give up.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ – 1-800-273-8255
    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Crisis Text Line

    http://crisistextline.org/ – Text HOME to 741741
    Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

    The National Domestic Violence Hotline

    http://www.thehotline.org/ – 1-800-799-7233
    Operating around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, NDVH provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse.

    Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

    http://www.rainn.org/ – 1-800-656-HOPE
    RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth magazine.


    American Lung Association – Freedom From Smoking Online

    http://www.freedomfromsmoking.org/ – 1-800-LUNGUSA
    Freedom From Smoking® Online, or FFS Online, is a program specifically designed for adults who want to quit smoking. It’s an adaptation of the American Lung Association’s gold standard, group clinic that has helped thousands of smokers to quit for good.