November 29, 2015

WHO WE ARE

WHO WE ARE

OUR MISSION:  To elevate youth and the community to become effective advocates and ethical stewards  of themselves, wildlife, habitats and the environment.  

OUR VISION:  Healing the planet by transforming generations of leaders through nature.


Talking Talons Youth Leadership is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) youth development organization working to transform generations of environmental leaders through experiences with nature. Our youth leadership curriculum is nationally recognized and is proven effective in enhancing the lives of its young participants by instilling a sense of civic duty, providing a mission that youth can believe in, and teaching skills that will benefit a lifetime. Non-releasable wildlife are brought into the classroom and have proven to be very effective teaching tools that build knowledge, skills and attitudes in our youth. We support sanctuary for these non-releasable wildlife through our partners who rehabilitate and care for them.

Talking Talons Youth Leadership is serving its community in powerful, effective ways:

  • Building young leaders through environmental education and training in public speaking
  • Educating youth in science-based conservation through long-term, in-school programs
  • Providing hands-on conservation education and job-skills training at diverse outdoor classroom locations
  • Engaging youth and the community in wildlife habitat improvement projects
  • Managing community-based projects that benefit ecosystems and reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires
  • Generating local jobs, volunteer and first-time employment opportunities at our non-profit Talking Talons Thrift Store

In accordance with 40 C.F.R. Section 5.140 and Section 7.95, Talking Talons Youth Leadership (TTYL) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in its programs or activities. TTYL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For information on civil rights compliance, contact TTYL Board Executive Committee Chair via info@talkingtalons.org.

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Our summer youth crew tackled a nagging problem at the Talking Talons Thrift Store by creating a better pathway from the north parking lot to the front door.

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One of the wonderful things about volunteering for Talking Talons Youth Leadership - interesting items popping up in the office!

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Hello All! and All are Invited

Reminder! The last Youth Advisory Council (YAC) meeting is Saturday, May 20 from 12-2:30PM at Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center in the WEST SOCIAL HALL. Address: ... See more

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Thanks to the hardworking UNM students from Tau Beta Pi who helped us build a collection of painted rocks that we put out during field sessions with kids. These rocks have keywords and build ... See more

Tau Bates volunteering at Talking Talons Youth Leadership today as part of Spring Storm

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This just in: Krista Bonfantine (Arid Land Innovations) delivered the first sample of bear scat to TTYL Educator Conrad Greaves at the Talking Talons' program office. Not only did Krista get the ... See more

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Our Educator, Rachel Erickson, has a keen eye for critters. Look what she found wandering on her desk! PS, it was more like an "eighth-inch worm"

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Sandia Mountain Bear Collaborative

This summer the Talking Talons Youth Conservation Crew will get to work with the Sandia Mountain Bear Collaborative and its incredible partners to collect and study bear scat in our surrounding ... See more

The SMBC is an alliance between a number of regional agencies to study the bears of the Sandias and educate the public about black bears.

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Storage labels tell a lot about a tiny slice of the Talking Talons' award-winning curriculum.

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All invited!

Talking Talons Youth Advisory Council (YAC) meeting:
Saturday, April 29 12-2:30PM
Room 3
Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center
501 Elizabeth St. SE, ABQ, NM 87123
(Southeast of ... See more

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patrick_circleTHE BOND MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

 

It is the bond that our Talking Talons' students form with our wildlife that makes our school-based Youth Leadership Curriculum so effective. As our students learn about our special non-releasable wildlife, including hawks, falcons, bats, and reptiles, they develop empathy for all wildlife and for the environment that we all share. This, in turn, gives the students a motivation to pay attention to science and to all of their studies.

It's one of those things that we always knew, but funding agencies like to have that sort of thing scientifically verified. Dr. Carmen Sorge, Ph.D. in Education, conducts rigorous evaluation of our school-based programs each year in order than we may document the program's impact. This rigorous evaluation includes pre- and post-tests, as well as  comparisons to control groups. This process has been proven to have the following impacts:

• To affect a significant reduction of identified risk factors in the participants, such as violent behavior, impulsivity, rebelliousness, tobacco, alcohol and drug use.

•  To affect a significant increased in identified protective factors, such as self-esteem, peer interactions, bonding to school, social skills, ethical beliefs and decision making skills.

•  To affect a significant increase in attitudes and interest in science, wildlife, and the environment.

present_circle7"What I like about the Talking Talons program is being around the animals and learning about them, how they live, what to do if you find an injured one, I think that's really important. Also, how they interact and live with us and how we survive together is interesting to learn."

HISTORY

Talking Talons was founded in the fall of 1988 by Wendy Crouch Aeschliman, then serving as school nurse of Roosevelt Middle School in Tijeras, New Mexico. . .

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IMPACT

How what we do enriches the lives of the people who participate in our programs, as well as the greater community.

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PROGRAM EVALUATION

TTYL’s programs have been proven effective over time through the use of scientific, outside professional evaluations from the University of New Mexico, College of Education and private evaluators.

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AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Talking Talons Youth Leadership has been recognized over the years for it's outstanding contribution to our communities through education, advocation and connecting youth to nature.

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