Project RACE

Youth Camp & Back to School Supplies Drive

The City of Española Project R.A.C.E. Program is hosting our 2019 Youth Professionalism Camp now in June. Registration starts now May 1st through May 31st. This is your chance to enhance your knowledge and skills as young leaders in our community. Come join our camp where we do one on one training in resumes, cover letters, interviews, career exploration and banking skills. YOU DONT WANT TO MISS IT! We ONLY have 15 slots OPEN! Register NOW below is the registration packet to download and fill out, when done bring it back to us at our office at 735 Vietnam Veterans Rd. located behind the Beatrice Martinez Senior Center. Or you can contact us at (505)747-6015 or (505)614-4297.

The City of Española Project R.A.C.E. Program is also getting ready to host our 1st annual School Supply Drive coming up in August of 2019. As of right know we are in the planning stages. We are now accepting donations for school supplies. The anticipated location to drop off school supplies of you choice would be; Lucero Center, Library, City Hall, Senior Center, Senior Stroke Center- Project R.A.C.E. Office, Rio Arriba County, Zia Credit Union, and Del Norte Credit Union. We will start taking donations now May 3rd until July 1st will be the last day to donate any school supplies you wish.

Please check out the flyers located above. If you have any questions about any of these event please give us a call here at Project R.A.C.E. at (505)747-6015 or (505)614-4297.

We here at Project R.A.C.E. Thank You!

2019 Youth Professionalism Camp Registration Packet

Registration May 1st through May 31st. SIGN UP NOW!


The Rio Arriba Community Empowerment (R.A.C.E.) Project is a federally funded grant program through the NM-High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and was founded by the Northern New Mexico Implementation Team (NNMIT), ran by the City of Española. The NNMIT researches community drug trends and delivers best practice strategies to support drug free events. Project R.A.C.E. is Drug prevention Initiative using an Economic perspective to target the rates of drug use, student graduation, delinquency, and crime in Rio Arriba County and the Española area. The idea is that the business community will come together to support High School students with  job mentoring and through employment positions that will redirect the students to a life of positive reinforcement. 
  1. Justine Valencia

    Project R.A.C.E. Manager
    Phone: 505-747-6015

  2. Miranda Lopez

    Administrative Assistant
    Phone: 505-747-6014


Participants can be referred to the program by anyone within the community, or from within the Española Valley Secondary Schools system. Student participation is based on their willingness to get, and obtain employment within the community. Participants are required to fill out a Project R.A.C.E. application, submit a short essay, sign a code of conduct, and give (or deny) us permission on a photo release form (parent or guardian signature required for anyone under the age of 18 years), as their intake for the Project R.A.C.E. After all paperwork is received, we offer one on one mentoring where the student will undergo career readiness and job training. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Career Cruising Portfolio
  • Resume Building
  • Cover letter training
  • Interview skills
  • Mock Interviewing 
  • Professional Dress
  • Reliability, Resiliency, & Mentor-ship
  • Community Service
If participants complete training in each of the listed bullet points, they will receive a certificate of completion from our program. The ultimate hope is that the participant gains a paid job placement within the community. Participants are required to undergo a drug screening at our expense, prior to job placement. We attempt to find a match for the participant and the business. However, we do not pay student salaries. We partner with community businesses, who are willing to host a Project R.A.C.E. participant and eventually employ them!