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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Environmental Education Association of New Mexico (EEANM)

Thank you, Environmental Education Association of New Mexico, for hosting this important conversation regarding the economics and benfits of environmental education. The number of attendees shown in ... See more

What an incredible afternoon sharing perspectives and collecting wisdom about the value and benefits of environmental education! Thanks to everyone who attended our first community dialogue. We ... See more

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Talking Talons Youth Leadership partner, Friends of Tijeras Pueblo, is hosting a wonderful summer camp focused on Archaeology at the Tijeras Pueblo Archaeological Site.

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Our bears are very active now and, unfortunately, "getting into trouble." Our partner, Stephanie Long of the Sandia Mountain Bear Collaborative invites you all to a really great presentation on what ... See more

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Our partner, The Nature Conservancy, hosted an informative tour of projects focused on watershed-based environmental and wildlife conservation along the Tijeras Creek Watershed.

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Talking Talons Youth Leadership takes it's mission to the highest levels! Current and emeritus Talking Talons Youth Leadership Program Directors (Betsy and Laurie) with NM Senators Tom Udall and ... See more

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5.10.18 Students from Amy Biehl High School and Garfield Middle School learning about watershed health and protection during TTYL's "Spring to River, Hidden in Plain Sight", EPA-funded Environmental ... See more

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Wonderful morning spent doing recon for The Nature Conservancy's Collaborative Forest Restoration Program Project near Cedro. TTYL is doing environmental education and some post-treatment ecological ... See more

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It is National Environmental Education Week! Talking Talons staff is celebrating by preparing education and stewardship materials for upcoming EPA-funded field trips. These field trips are bringing ... See more

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Earth Day 2018 Google Doodle

Earth Day inspiration to get outside, listen, smell, touch, and feel the connections. https://youtu.be/q8v9MvManKE

Today’s annual Earth Day Doodle was created in partnership with one of the planet’s most influential advocates: Ethologist (animal behavior expert), conserva...

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Sandia Mountain Natural History Center

Talking Talons' EPA award in action! Our partner and sub-awardee, Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, is doing a terrific job providing Environmental Education (EE) education to at least 30 of ... See more

Photos from our workshop with UNM pre-service teachers, where we worked with them on how they could incorporate environmental ed into their teaching and effectively use the outdoors. Our next ... 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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