The Albuquerque Community Foundation awarded a grant to NMSPAL in 2004 to support the Girls' Health Mentorship Program. This project combined established girls sports programs, which include karate, judo, and boxing, with an educational intervention that focused on reducing and preventing health-risk behaviors. The sports' environment provided the female participants with experiences of teamwork, goal-setting, positive adult mentoring, leadership training, as well as a ready-made social support system.
The program was so successful, that it will be continued as part of the NMSPAL program curriculum in 2006. A nutritional program will also be added to the project.
Special thanks go out to the Albuquerque Community Foundation for their funding support of the Girls' Health Pilot Project. The implementation of this mentorship program helped many young women learn how to cope with circumstances and change behaviors that threatened their well-being.