Project RACE

Project Rio Arriba Community Empowerment Program
A High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Prevention Initiative

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Help Combat the Drug Epidemic


The City of Espanola- Project RACE Program Invites you to our 3rd Annual School Supply Drive and Backpack Giveaway for students K-12th grade. Please find below our official flyer for the event to be held July 31st, 2021 from 9am to 12pm at the Espanola Plaza. We would love if you all would come out to enjoy a fun filled day with RACE and the participants that made this event possible. We find this as a great opportunity to get our community back to somewhat of a normalcy again. Help bring our communities together after a tragic pandemic we have all had to endure. The event will be "Youth Driven" we love the youth of our valley and we think its important to be able to help them in anyway we can to strive for successes in all they want to accomplish. Our Youth are our next generations and the FUTURE of our VALLEY.

If you would like more information about event please feel free to reach out to RACE staff at 505-747-6015.

Thank you and we hope to see you all come out to REUNITE!

2021 Backpack Event Flyer


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.  


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, drug prevention, one on one mentoring where the student will undergo career readiness and job training. This includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Career Cruising Portfolio & Application
  • Resume Building
  • Professional Letters (Cover Letters, Letters of Recommendation, etc)
  • Interview Skills & Process
  • Backing Literacy
  • Job Placement

Online Referral Form:


Justine Valencia, Program Manager
O: (505)747-6015
C: (505)614-4297

Veronica Marrufo, Student Outreach Coordinator
O: (505)747-6014

Falisha Gomez, Administrative Assistant
O: (505)747-6016

RACE Program Registration Packet & Information