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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Bernalillo County - Carlito Springs Open Space

TTYL works hard with our local partner, Bernalillo County Open Space, to provide wildlife and environmental education at the local jewel, Carlito Springs! ... See more

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Your support for the past 27 years created the foundation for TTYL to provide even more "Spring to River" watershed education, this time to Rio Grande Roots and Shoots and Rio Grande Middle School. ... See more

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Van Buren Middle School kids learning about watershed health and impacts during our 3rd field trip to inform local youth about the Tijeras Creek Watershed from "Spring to River", funded by the EPA.

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Program Director, Laurie Wearne, presents Ed Nunez of the Manzano Mesa Intergenerational Center in Albuquerque a "Thank You" for hosting our Youth Advisory Council meetings and final Youth Summit ... See more

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Today, Talking Talons Educators Betsy Fulreader and Rachel Ericsson got kids from John Adams and Jimmy Carter Middle Schools involved in water quality education at the Valle de Oro National Wildlife ... See more

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We are beginning our visits (with animals!) to over 3,300 local 4th graders to teach them about their local public lands, giving out maps on where to go and how to get there, talking about what they ... See more

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Join us on Sunday to learn about the great work of our partner, the Sandia Mountain Bear Collaborative.

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Talking Talons Youth Conservation Crew 2017 @ Educational Outreach

Talking Talons Youth Leadership fielded a Youth Conservation Crew during the Summer of 2017. Along with working with several local partners to accomplish man...

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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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