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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2 weeks ago
Photos from Talking Talons Youth Leadership's post

Our Youth Advisory Council visited the NM State Legislator with Wild Friends New Mexico & their 5th grade students. We got to experience NM’s House of Representatives and Senate, Governor Michelle ... See more

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3 weeks ago
Photos from Talking Talons Youth Leadership's post

Photo from last night's Youth Advisory Council (YAC) meeting hosted by Mark Dixon with https://www.facebook.com/IsletaResortandCasino/.

Not only did we get a lot done on the work of the YAC, we ... See more

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2 months ago
Photos from Talking Talons Youth Leadership's post

What an informative meeting for the Talking Talons Youth Advisory Council last night! Sara Van Note and Susan George of Wild Friends New Mexico gave a great lesson in the power of using our ... See more

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2 months ago

All of you are Invited to attend!

Super-interesting meeting TONIGHT 5:45-7:15 PM at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI)!

----Guest Speakers Sara Van Note and Director Susan George ... See more

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2 months ago
Talking Talons Thrift Store

Meet Talking Talons Youth Leadership Program Director, Betsy Fulreader. Betsy has been with Talking Talons since 2015 and became Program Director in early 2018. Betsy is managing multiple youth and ... See more

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2 months ago
Talking Talons Thrift Store

We are working to share more of the happenings of the Talking Talons Youth Leadership Programs with all of our wonderful Thrift Shop supporters through Facebook and Instagram.

This photo captures ... See more

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2 months ago

We still have 4 paid spaces available and all are invited! Contact Betsy@talkingtalons.org if you are interested!

Our next Youth Advisory Council meeting will be held this Thursday, Nov. 29 from ... See more

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2 months ago
Wild Friends New Mexico

Betsy Fulreader, Talking Talons Program Director, guides kids from UNM Law School's Wild Friends Program through some of the many ways of measuring forest health. To donate directly to Talking Talons ... See more

Wild Friends students learn about wildlife and civics through powerful hands-on experiences. Today 7th graders measured fuel loads in the Cibola National Forest with Talking Talons Youth Leadership. ... See more

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3 months ago

If you know a person 16 or older, they can be PAID to be a part of the Talking Talons Youth Advisory Council. Stipends provide $11/hour for up to 35 hours.

All others are invited to attend and ... See more

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3 months ago
Mayor Tim Keller Welcomes Albuquerque’s First Woman Open Space Superintendent

Congratulations Colleen! TTYL appreciates the many years of working alongside Colleen to bring locally relevant, hands-on, outside environmental education to our youth. ... See more

Colleen McRoberts highly qualified to manage more than 29,000 acres of major public open space

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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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