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    2021 Community Highlights

    The Laboratory, its employees, and its managing contractor Triad are committed to help Northern New Mexico thrive by creating programs and also partnering with organizations throughout the region.

    We focus on three main areas:

    • Improving educational opportunities for children
    • Promoting economic and workforce development, to grow small businesses and help people into jobs
    • Supporting nonprofits as they help address issues facing the community

    To enhance and expand the Laboratory’s work in the community, managing contractor Triad National Security, LLC, invests in nonprofit programs in the region under its own Community Commitment Plan.

    Information in this report is from FY 2021 (which runs Oct 1 2020 - Sept 30 2021), except where stated.

    Education

    The success of the region and of Los Alamos National Laboratory depends on skilled people. To help produce better education outcomes for students, the Laboratory supports initiatives from elementary school through higher education.

    Education
    A high school students works with a Pojoaque Valley Intermediate School student in the afterschool math program established as part of the Regional Partnership School initiative.
    • In the fourth year of the Regional Partnership School program with partners Pojoaque Valley School District and New Mexico Highlands University:
      • In-class support by LANL Math & Science Academy (MSA) team
      • Professional development program for teachers and principals received a $40,000 grant from the LANL Foundation to offer sessions throughout the year and during the summer, and provide support for teachers as they apply their new skills and practices in the classroom
      • New afterschool math program recruited five high school students to work with four Pojoaque Valley Intermediate School teachers and education specialists from the MSA to provide extra math instruction for 30 fourth- and fifth- grade students.
      • Virtual Mindset Math Summer Camp for 36 students in grades 6th-9th
    • Six Northern New Mexico teachers comprised the first-ever cohort to graduate with the new Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with an Emphasis in K-8 Mathematics Teacher Leadership from New Mexico Highlands University, a collaboration between the teachers, the University, and the Laboratory’s MSA program.
    • Bradbury Science Museum’s educators brought creative hands-on activities for more than 400 kindergarten through sixth-grade students at six Española district elementary schools under the Bradbury Science Museum’s Summer Science on Wheels program
    • 200 LANL employees provided 2,342 service hours to nonprofit and educational organizations in Northern NM, impacting an estimated 2,620 students, teachers and community members
    • Lab employees Nicole Lloyd-Ronning and Mark Galassi, who have devoted much of their free time to STEM education programs for students from underserved communities in Northern New Mexico, were named as the first winners of the Los Alamos Community Relations Medal. Galassi was also named one of the ‘10 Who Made a Difference’ for 2021 by the Santa Fe New Mexican.
    • Free two-week virtual Summer Physics Camp for Young Women for 40 high-schoolers from schools in the region and in Hawaii
    • The Los Alamos Employees Scholarship Fund awarded $811,750 in scholarships in 2021

    Workforce and Economic Development

    The Laboratory invests and partners in workforce and economic development initiatives that train future employees, create jobs and help businesses grow.

    Thom Mason
    Laboratory Director Thom Mason at the launch of the bachelor of science in mechanical engineering program at UNM-Los Alamos.
    • New pipeline programs address critical skills for a growing workforce:
    • Hosted an online community conversation attended by over 100 community leaders on the importance of developing the skilled trades in the region, featuring Laboratory Director Thom Mason and a panel of union and education experts.
    • The New Mexico Small Business Assistance program assisted 110 for-profit businesses in New Mexico with access to subject matter experts and cutting-edge technologies at Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories to solve technical challenges, attracting $25 million in new financing, and creating or retaining 501 jobs.
    • The Laboratory spent $505 million on procurement in New Mexico in the 2021 fiscal year, including $408 million with New Mexico small businesses

    Community Giving

    Laboratory employees are committed to community service, and work to improve the quality of life for people in the region through giving their time, talent and money to STEM projects and other nonprofit activities that benefit the region.

    Community Giving
    LANL Scholars like Ryan Trujillo (left) and Isaiah Archuleta benefit from the contributions to the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund. Ryan and Isaiah both grew up in the Rio Grande Valley, and are currently pursuing bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering at New Mexico State University.
    • Employees donated:
      • $2.7 million to nonprofit organizations in the 2021 employee giving campaign
      • more than $370,000 to the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF), including more than $70,000 in new pledges and gifts, to provide scholarships for students from Northern New Mexico
      • 1,276 gifts kits for young people and senior citizens in need, and 1,000 winter clothing sets to shelters serving people facing homelessness or domestic violence, and young adults transitioning from foster care to independent living
      • more than 700 backpacks with school supplies to schools and regional partners with a particular focus on five rural school districts. Backpacks and supplies were purchased from a local business
    •  A new Community Technical Assistance program allowed nonprofit, tribal, and non-Federal government entities in Northern New Mexico to access the unique expertise and capabilities of the Laboratory on a variety of technical challenges at no cost to the organizations. Among the first projects was a data sprint in which LANL data scientists partnered with Northern New Mexico College and Santa Fe Community College to investigate student retention rates and risk factors at those institutions.
    • The Laboratory organized 12 blood drives with 393 donors giving 469 units of blood, enough to save 1407 lives
    • Hosted a Community Conversation online event for more than 90 regional nonprofit leaders outlining new ways the Laboratory can assist nonprofits, and offering an expert-led session on running successful volunteer programs
    • A virtual Food Drive received donations of $41,724 for the Food Depot which equates to 166,894 meals provided to tackle food insecurity in the region
    • New Time & Talent program launched, under which employees who track their volunteer time with Northern New Mexico nonprofits make those nonprofits eligible to enter a draw for a $500 grant from LANL operator Triad

    Triad’s Community Commitment Plan

    Building on the Laboratory’s work in the community, managing contractor Triad National Security, LLC, invests in nonprofit programs in the region under its own Community Commitment Plan. In accordance with the plan, Triad invested $2.5 million in the LANL Foundation, Regional Development Corporation, United Way of NNM and more than 70 other nonprofit organizations.

    Commitment Plan
    In 2021 Ryan Roller Fine Arts in Santa Clara was one of the recipients of a Triad-supported grant from the Regional Development Corporation’s Tribal Economic Diversity Fund.

     

    SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION

    Triad made grants totaling $819,857 to 25 education nonprofits and organizations supporting education programs and initiatives across Northern New Mexico.

    Triad’s investment in the LANL Foundation supported a range of initiatives with the aim of fostering 21st Century learning opportunities, leveraging the LANL Foundation’s work to expand their collective impact in four areas: K-12 STEM education, expanding college career and community pathways; preparing and supporting teachers, and supporting LANL Scholars. Initiatives include:

    • Monthly STEAM Partnership meetings held with educators and innovators from throughout the region
    • Maintaining the NM STEAMHub website, social media and newsletter to identify and disseminate STEM resources in the region, including early childhood and connectivity resources.
    • Co-developing a regional research report and plan to expand work-based learning opportunities in north- central New Mexico along with five higher education institutions
    • Organizing the inaugural meeting of the Northern New Mexico Coalition for Work-Based Learning, a cross-sector partnership intended to guide action on the report’s recommendations.
    • Preparing and supporting teachers in Northern New Mexico by expanding the current National Board Certification (NBC) training programs
    • Preparing and supporting teachers in Northern New Mexico by expanding the current National Board Certification (NBC) training programs
    • Launching the Growing Our Own Native Teachers and Counselors pilot project to create tailored campaigns to interest Native students in pursuing a career as a teacher or counselor

     

    SUPPORT FOR ECONOMIC DIVERSITY

    Triad’s investment in the Regional Development Corporation helped the regional economy in this particularly challenging time:

    • 207 visits or coaching sessions provided to local entrepreneurs offering free individualized support to identify resources to help their businesses grow
    • 48 regional businesses were awarded an average of $1,165 in Micro-Grant Fund grants to acquire services or equipment needed for growth.  
    • Seven regional businesses were awarded no-interest loans through the Technology and Manufacturing (TEAM) Fund to assist with the cost of patent applications, equipment to increase production and efficiency, product packaging design and development, and ISO-9000 certification
    • Six tribal member-owned businesses from three Northern New Mexico pueblos were awarded grants averaging $5,700 through the Tribal Economic Diversity Fund
    • Partnerships with six regional institutions of higher education continued throughout 2021. UNM-Taos, UNM-Los Alamos, Luna Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, Northern New Mexico College, and Santa Fe Community College received funding for workforce training and education programs tailored to the region’s needs.

     

    SUPPORT FOR NONPROFITS

    Magnified the generosity of Laboratory employees by providing a $0.50 on the dollar match for employee contributions to qualified charitable organizations in Northern New Mexico.

    Triad’s support for United Way of Northern New Mexico allowed it to continue its multiyear plan to strengthen the nonprofit sector through capacity building and collaborations, and support youth empowerment:

    • Conducted four in-depth nonprofit training workshops in collaboration with Los Alamos Community Foundation 
    • Convened meetings of the UNITE! nonprofit partners to develop a public awareness campaign  to better connect local citizens to needed services, and foster partnerships, collaboration, and strengthen connections among nonprofit partners
    • Developed an online directory of the nonprofit agencies providing vital services to Rio Arriba residents including medical and behavioral health care, food and housing security programs, and parent supports
    • Helped launch an essential needs pantry at Española Valley High School to support at-risk students
    • Organized youth focus groups to discuss young peoples’ perspectives on regional community organizations, access to services or activities for youth, and opportunities for youth mentorships or internships

     

    SUPPORT FOR NONPROFITS

    Education 
    AAUW NMLos Alamos Public Schools Foundation
    APS Education FoundationLos Alamos Women in Science
    Climate Advocates Voces UnidasMentoring Kids Works New Mexico
    Collins Lake Autism CenterNew Mexico Mesa
    Community Learning NetworkNorthern New Mexico College Foundation
    Friends of the Española Public LibraryPojoaque Valley Schools Educational Foundation
    Friends of the Santa Fe National ForestPojoaque Valley School District
    Friends of the Santa Fe Public LibrarySanta Fe Alliance for Science
    Ignited MindsSanta Fe Community College Foundation
    Inquiry FacilitatorsSanta Fe Children’s Museum
    Los Alamos InstitutesSTEM Santa Fe
    Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation 

     

    Economic Diversity 
    American Indian Chamber of Commerce of NMRegional Development Corporation
    College and Career PlazaRocky Mountain Youth Corps
    Española Valley Chamber of CommerceSanta Fe Business Incubator
    Future Focus EducationSanta Fe Chamber of Commerce
    Los Alamos Commerce & Development CorporationSanta Fe Community Foundation
    Los Alamos InstitutesSanta Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    Los Alamos MakersSilver Bullet Productions
    Luna Community College FoundationSTEM Santa Fe
    MANA del NorteTaos Community Foundation
    Mora County Economic Development CorporationTaos County Chamber of Commerce
    New Mexico Highlands FoundationUNM Los Alamos
    New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Business AllianceUNM Taos
    Northern New Mexico College FoundationYouthworks
    R4 Creating 

     

    Community Giving 
    Triad match to regional nonprofitsLos Alamos Family Council
    Barrios UnidosLos Alamos Institutes
    Bicycle HarvestLos Alamos Retired & Senior Organization
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central New MexicoLuciente
    Court Appointed Special Advocates First Judicial DistrictMesa to Mesa
    Bradbury Science Museum AssociationMoving Arts Espanola
    Cancer Foundation for New MexicoNational Dance Institute of New Mexico
    DreamTree ProjectNew Mexico Wildlife Center
    EnSuenos Y Los Angelitos Development CenterRio Arriba Adult Literacy Program
    Family YMCASaint Elizabeth Shelter
    Food DepotSanta Fe Aquatics
    Friends of the Española Public LibrarySanta Fe Botanical Garden
    Growing Up NMSanta Fe Habitat for Humanity
    Habitat for Humanity of TaosSelf Help Inc.
    Historic Santa Fe FoundationTaos Community Foundation
    Kitchen AngelsUnited Way of Northern New Mexico
    Los Alamos & Española Habitat for HumanityVillages of Santa Fe
    Los Alamos Community Foundation 

    Letter from the Triad Board Chair, Michael Anastasio

    Michael Anastasio

    It has now been over three years since Triad National Security, LLC took over the management and operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory.  It remains our aim to sustain and enhance the Laboratory’s partnership with the community for the benefit of the region, the Laboratory and our sponsor.

    The three members of Triad – Battelle Memorial Institute, the Texas A&M University System, and the University of California – are all public service-oriented organizations, and Triad is proud to play its part in helping Northern New Mexico in what has been another very dynamic year.

    In 2021 Triad invested $2.5 million in the region through our Community Commitment Plan, with the investment expanding the reach of the Laboratory’s community work in education, economic diversity, and community giving.

    Triad initially chose those focus areas based on discussions with local community leaders, and we carefully monitor the effectiveness and impact of our major investments with the LANL Foundation, the Regional Development Corporation and the United Way of Northern New Mexico, and the other nonprofit grants and sponsorships we make.

    After three years, we are confident that our investments are making a positive difference in the region, whether it’s a grant to a small business like Shundine’s Frybread from Taos Pueblo, or support for the NM STEAMHub website, a valuable provider of STEM education resources.

    However, as befits the operators of a research institution such as LANL, we are also analyzing data (and gathering new input from the community) to help us assess where we can have the most impact in Northern New Mexico going forward.

    So I look forward to 2022 bringing new approaches and partnerships as Triad plays its part in helping Northern New Mexico thrive.

    Michael Anastasio

    Board Chair, Triad National Security, LLC 

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