Socorro County residents are encouraged to register for a daylong summit that will serve as a brainstorming session on how to best support existing social services resources and help individuals and families access them.

The 100% Socorro Summit will be held Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Fidel Center on the New Mexico Tech university campus.

Any member of the community is invited to register to attend the summit, which includes lunch and is free and open to the public.

Register online at: Registration deadline is Nov. 14.

Registration is limited to 100 participants.

Socorro County is one of the first counties in the state to host a summit as part of the 100% New Mexico initiative.

Statewide coordination for the summit is from the Anna Age 8 Institute and New Mexico State University. Local coordination for the 100% Socorro Summit comes from New Mexico Tech, the SCOPE Health Council, and the Socorro Consolidated School District.

The summit will include speakers and breakout sessions and allow time for brainstorming and discussion on the community’s capacity to improve outcomes for youth affected by adverse childhood experiences.

According to Sharon Sessions, New Mexico Tech physics professor and outreach director, the summit will examine issues like food insecurity and mental health, which affect not only Socorro County residents but university students as well.

“The summit is very helpful for us in getting our resources together,” she said. “We need to get a handle on where we stand as a community in providing services and resources for residents.”

In addition to the summit, Sessions said that the 100% Socorro Initiative will be soon launching a countywide survey of residents, including New Mexico Tech students, to better inform the initiative’s direction.

Katie Bauer, NMT Communications