Project R.A.C.E

Project R.A.C.E (4)

Project R.A.C.E

(Rio Arriba  Community Empowerment)

NM High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Prevention Initiative 


The Project Rio Arriba Community Empowerment (R.A.C.E.) is a federally funded grant program through the NM-High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program and was founded by the Northern New Mexico Implementation Team (NNMIT) Our goals are to decrease the rates of drug and alcohol use, increase student graduation rates, reduce delinquency, reduce the city crime rate and provide life skills, career readiness assistance, local employment opportunities, and college readiness assistance.


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: 

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

Our Services

  • Information and education on drug and alcohol abuse.  How to avoid addiction.  How addiction can impact your life. The very real danger of overdose and disability or death.
  • Anti-Bullying - become a community of support not hate.
  • Training in life skills such as emotional intelligence at the workplace, handling conflict, and learning to self-advocate.
  • Career Readiness including oral and written communication skills, conflict resolution at the workplace, teamwork, professionalism, and critical thinking.
  • College Prep including how to decide which school is best for you and your career goals, completing a college application, completing the FAFSA, and how find additional resources to support higher education. AND MUCH MORE!

Online Referral Form:

RACE Program Registration Packet & Information


Cynthia Lentini, GCDF Program Manager and Prevention Specialist
O: (505)747-6015
C: (505)6144297

Veronica Marrufo, Student Outreach Coordinator
O: (505)747-6014
C: (505)369-0061

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