Immaculate Conception Mission
Hosted youth descolonize-ARTE workshops

Berino Baseball Park — Doña Ana County
Hosted community meetings over the summer on the bleachers

EC began meeting with community members at Berino baseball park and a team is in development. From the team, a community agenda will be formed to address the environmental problems that impact the community, youth and children’s health. The community leaders identified the following health, environmental and economic problems, and concerns:

– Garbage and trash on neighborhood streets
– Low visibility at night on their streets
– Little to no safe walking paths for pedestrians
– DWI and speeding down their streets at all times of the day
– Lack of a community center
– Little to no activities for children and youth


Youth and community in Berino, NM

Growing as a community with space for everyone starts with the people and sometimes youth are the most willing to take the chance to make a change. Big changes can happen with big walls, and we had the opportunity to collaborate with youth in the community of Berino in DAC to paint a wall that is around 700ft square. After several workshops about social justice and civic engagement, youth along with local artists in Berino designed a wall that would represent their community. Together we identified environmental and historical features of their community and worked hard to plasm an image that would represent this. The process of designing, painting and celebrating the mural was beautiful and resourceful. The community came together to support their youth, we will continue working closely with this community and the youth to proceed in supporting them to make the change they want to see.