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3-13-CLCLogoChanging Lives Coalition Inc. (CLC) is an Artesia nonprofit that is working to improve the lives of people within the community.

The organization’s stated mission is to provide resources that create a safe and healthy community by eliminating drug abuse, gang affiliation, and crime through education, prevention and intervention.

The CLC has adopted the Artesia Drug & Crime Coalition (ADCC) and 7024U Youth Outreach Center.

7024U provides evidence-based curriculum to assist youth in grades 6-12 with promoting their self-esteem, positive social interaction, handling peer pressure, behavior, and time management. In addition, the program provides tutoring services through the CLC staff and an Artesia High School student tutor.

The ADCC is a hub of resources offering materials, training, support and education for the community on current trends in drugs and crime. The organization aims to help prevent dangerous habits and promote environments conducive to healthier lives.

Through the direction of its director, Brissa Padilla, the CLC oversees the efforts of the ADCC and 7024U. The youth outreach center houses the CLC and 7024U staff, as well as provides a kitchen facility that is utilized to provide afternoon meals to students, an art center, a dance studio, a music recording studio, and a large conference room.

The facility also provides the ability to integrate music, dance, airbrushing, drawing and calligraphy into the learning objectives of the social promotion curriculum.

The CLC will be sponsoring and/or supporting a variety of events in Artesia over the coming spring and summer months, including:

• April 23: Safety Fair

• May 27: School’s Out Summer Splash

• June 24-25: Smokin’ on the Pecos

• July 4: 5K Fun Run

• July 2-4: 4-on-4 Elite Flag Football Tournament

7024U youth who raised money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters enjoy a day of bowling at Bowl for Kids’ Sake. (Courtesy Photo)

7024U youth who raised money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters
enjoy a day of bowling at Bowl for Kids’ Sake. (Courtesy Photo)

The CLC is also proud to announce that seven youth members of 7024U took their own initiative last month to raise money for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Southeast New Mexico.

The youth sold raffle tickets for a Bulldog blanket made and donated by Lucy Urias of Artesia, raising a total of $170. For their efforts, they were invited to participate in the Feb. 29 Bowl for Kids’ Sake event and enjoyed their time bowling while seeing firsthand their fundraising efforts were in promotion of a worthy cause.

Funds from the Bowl for Kids’ Sake event will be used to assist at-risk children in Artesia through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.