PAWS: Promoting Animal Welfare through Service
Note: Students must be 16 or over and be able to drive or ride with others.
The goals of this project are to serve as volunteers at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and to educate ourselves to act as advocates and models for humane and responsible pet ownership. Students participate in formal training by the Animal Shelter in socializing cats, rabbits and dogs and then some students graduate to dog walking training. In addition to socializing animals and walking dogs, students clean kennels, replenish food and water bowls and change bedding and toys as needed; they also make up snacks for dogs.
Musicians and songwriters unite in this group to hone their talents, write and record songs. Students will head down to Warehouse 21 each week to work with local musician and educator, Alfredo Carmona. They will work in small groups to create musical works of art, events to showcase their talents and to spread their messages into the community.
Student Leadership provides leadership training and service to The MASTERS Program and student body.
As a member of the Student Leadership Team, you will be a student liaison between the student body and TMP faculty and staff, assist in promoting the school and future direction of the school, obtain Leadership development, have access to guest speakers and leadership videos, go on field trips, plan and coordinate prom, oversee fundraisers.
Trails and Public Lands
"I wanted to take a moment to thank TMP students and staff for being trail stewards of the Little Tesuque Trail. I rarely hiked there because of how trashy it was in the past. We were shocked by how clean and we'll maintain the trail is now. What a huge difference your school had made to improve the beauty of this open space. Please pass along my gratitude to those who have contributed to the maintenance of the trail." Sincerely, Lauren L.
In addition to doing trail maintenance for the county, we will study the history and differences between national forests, national parks, national monuments, wilderness preserves, state parks, city parks, and your back yard. Our study will include history, creation of, land use, fires, management, budgets, and other issues that surface regarding public lands. We will embark on several field trips, as all of the types of public lands we will study are right here in Northern New Mexico.
Pinon Elementary School
Interested in the teaching profession? Love working with kids? This is the group for you. Students will spend the morning tutoring and playing with elementary school students at Pinon Elementary. In the afternoon students will help teachers prepare for their classes. You will make photo copies of handouts, arrange art supplies, and even grade small assignments. Come prepared to laugh, play, become incredibly attached to precious kids, and be a wonderful help to teachers.
This project travels to various locations in the city to clean up arroyos, public parks, and other urban locations. While engaged in this city-wide cleanup, we will also study and practice the fundamentals of photography. At the end of our project, we will exhibit the photographs that best illustrate the “modern archaeology” of Santa Fe
Comedy Improv and Acting
In this group we’ll explore the fun and silly world of comedy improv (Whose line is it anyway style), as well as different forms of character acting and acting for social change. As service we’ll work to help maintain a local non-profit theater and outdoor park/venue.
Wildlife Conservtion at Caja del Rio
By volunteering at the Caja del Rio Wildlife Area, you will make a major contribution to the conservation of the amazing wildlife in New Mexico and you will have the unique opportunity to work and gain the satisfaction that comes from helping to make a positive impact in your community! The majority of the service projects will focus on locating, installing, and constructing artificial wildlife habitats, such as bird nest boxes, bat boxes, native bee boxes, and snake and lizard shelters. There will also be opportunities for conducting wildlife biodiversity research, including wildlife inventory and monitoring.
Therapeutic Horse Riding
Note: Students must be able to drive themselves or be allowed to ride with someone else.
The New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Horse Riding needs help with their premier horse center (at the end of Airport Road.) You’ll learn about grooming and working with horses as well as cleaning the stables and maintaining the facilities. This is a hands on horses project!
Habitat for Humanity
Note: Students must be 16 or older
Want to learn construction skills? Our Friday Project will work with Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a Santa Fe family in need. As part of our work, we will be learning and act to reduce the economic disparity seen here in Santa Fe. We will be building additional townhomes as part of the La Paz Townhomes, located off south Cerrillos Road. Our jobs will include helping to frame and paint the house as well as landscape the property.
Community Farm-Food Depot
Be a part of the local food scene. Help harvest food grown locally at the Santa Fe Community Farm, which is then sent to the Food Depot where it is distributed (and where we will also work) to needy families in Santa Fe. This project will involve both working outside and inside and is one project that truly helps to serve the Santa Fe community. Come get your hands dirty and have a great time working with your fellow classmates!
Help TMP develop and maintain their technology systems including computer trouble-shooting, hardware development and maybe even a bit of programming. Limited to 5 students.
Note: Students must be 16 or older.
We will meet in the SFCC gym and sometimes other locations on Friday mornings and play favorite sports like basketball, soccer, and volleyball. We will also learn new sports like rugby, pickleball and badminton. We'll go off campus to learn street hockey, rugby, lacrosse, and handball.
In the afternoons we will play games with children.