Family Empowerment

Family Empowerment programs assist families to become more self-sufficient by providing programs and services that will continue to allow them to become engaged in the community and improve their quality of life.

Free computer literacy classes allow clients to get their hands on technical training so that they can learn basic computer skills: how to turn a computer on, accessing and surfing the internet, and applying for jobs.  CAASNM believes that these skills are vital for our community members to become and continue to be successful in their journey towards self-sufficiency.  These free classes cover basic computer skills, introduction to the internet, social media and internet tools for businesses, and Skill-Up testing. Skill-Up Testing  allows workers learn what workforce skills they already possess, as well as what skills could be improved. WorkKeys is used by thousands of companies worldwide as a tool to help select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce.

Financial Literacy classes are presented to clients to learn about the importance of saving. Financial literacy is vital to our work helping clients build self-reliance.  Through these financial literacy classes, clients are taught how to budget and stretch their dollar. The goal of these classes is that clients will be able to rely less on outside assistance.

Individual development accounts (IDAs) are currently offered to high school juniors and seniors to get a head start on saving money towards achieving higher education goals.  IDA clients are matched 4:1 for contributions into their account, up to $1000 of their savings, for an end total of $5000. Since 2007, 167 savers have successfully completed the IDA program and were able to accomplish their goals. Out of 167 savers, 51 purchased homes, 66 started or expanded a business, and 50 attended post-secondary education.

Children’s Savings Accounts  CAASNM offers savings accounts to eligible children to save for their future.

Free tax preparation occurs each year during tax season (February-To mid-April). IRS trained and certified tax preparers at CAASNM (consisting of volunteers and temporary employees) offer free tax preparation services in English and Spanish to people in Doña Ana County with simple returns. CAASNM uses the tax preparation season for educating low-income people on the benefits of the Earned Income Tax Credit and linking tax refunds to asset-building activities like IDAs.

Business Development, specifically Small and Rural Business Development, is at the core of CAASNM’s mission. The Small Business Development Program supports and grows existing small and rural small businesses through one-on-one consulting services, hands-on business development training and technical assistance (business planning/counseling, market research, etc.). This training program is designed to assist nascent and seasoned entrepreneurs especially rural and minority business owners to expand their businesses and create more employment opportunities in rural areas. The business development curriculum focuses on: the business life-cycle, marketing, human resources, management, social media, information technology, financial management, etc.

Workforce development ensures that participants gain the skills they need in order to be successful members of the modern workforce with an emphasis on Soft Skills Training that teaches professionalism, good customer service, and prepares participants for positions in an office environment.

For more information about Family Empowerment programs, contact Dr. Rodolfo Acosta-Perez at acostar@caasnm.org or 575.527.8799 xt. 136