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