Community Background: The City of Sunland Park is the southernmost city in Doña Ana County, New Mexico and is approximately 11 square miles. This small community, with an estimated population of 18,000 [U.S. Census Estimates], borders the large metropolitan cities of Cd. Juarez, Chih., Mexico and El Paso, Texas. Ninety-six percent (96%) of its population is Hispanic and 92% speak Spanish only. This poverty stricken border community is only slightly higher than what is identified as a Colonia. Based on Census 2000 data, the median household income is $20,164. Its median income is 48% below the Doña Ana County average, 69% below the state average and 108% below the national average. Thirty-nine percent (39%) of its population live below the poverty level.Problem: The most significant contributing factor found in at-risk youth is socioeconomic status placing the majority of Sunland Park's youth at-risk due to their low socioeconomic backgrounds. The local schools have high dropout rate due to pregnancy, gang affiliations, or incarceration. Because of its high poverty level, limited education, and security issues the City and its residents have a bad reputation. They suffer the stigma of being labeled as lazy, thieves, drug addicts, alcoholics, and violent. This prejudice presents a barrier that impacts the youth residing in Sunland Park, regardless of whether that person is innocent of any misconduct. This barrier severely damages the reputation of many of the residents and has a devastating and negative impact on its youth. The hopes and dreams of the youth are being destroyed as they are being pushed towards replicating the negative cycle that has led the loss of so many youth in the community.