Help Vida Del Norte Keep Their Program Alive – Become a Monthly Supporter or Make a Donation Today!


The Vida Del Norte Community Coalition is an organization based out of Questa, NM that works on youth substance misuse prevention in Northern Taos County. The Vida Del Norte Coalition is comprised of a group of volunteers that represent the various sectors of the community with the goal of mobilizing in a unified effort to support our youth and community well-being.

Vida Del Norte needs your support now more than ever before.

In the past, the coalition has received funding through a Drug-Free Community grant. This grant, and donation support, provided the daily budget needed to run this program.

The Vida Del Norte Coalition experienced a technical difficulty this year while applying for the DFC grant, resulting in a loss of funding for the coming year. Vida Del Norte will be relying more on donation support until they can reapply for the DFC Grant again next year.

Vida Del Norte would like to invite you to participate in the effort to prevent youth substance misuse by becoming a monthly supporter. Donation support will help maintain the momentum of the Vida Del Norte Coalition during this difficult time.

Monthly donations will help the coalition keep this program alive so that Vida can continue hosting teen nights and other healthy activities for the youth, have educational and collaborative events and workshops in the schools and community, connect people to the resources that they need to live healthy lives, and educate about substance misuse prevention.

You can also help support the efforts of preventing youth substance misuse in Northern Taos County with a one-time donation today of any amount. All donations to Vida Del Norte are tax deductible and go to supporting the efforts of the coalition.

To make a donation:
Click the donation button to navigate to our donation page on
Select the amount you would like to give or choose a custom amount.
Select whether your gift is a one-time or monthly donation and follow the prompts to enter your payment information.

You can also make a cash or check donation by contacting Maria Gonzalez the Coalition Coordinator at: (575) 779-2260.

Thank you so much for your donation support.

Vida Camp - Campers, Junior Councilors, and Adult Staff at the Vida Camp, which Vida Del Norte helped to organize in collaboration with Localogy, Questa Farmers Market, Yoga Sala, the Village of Questa, Mini Manes, and other local organizations

Call for Volunteers – Media Workgroup

Fill out the form to add your name to the Media Work Group Contact List and let us know what days and times work best for you to meet.

Also if you are available to attend the first meeting before May 11 please select ALL of the times that you would be available from the list on that page.

The first meeting will be set at the most popular time. We will meet for about an hour. An email will be sent out with what meeting time worked best for most people in a few days.

Resources About Underage Drinking

This page is a list of resources about underage drinking. If you know of a resource that should be added to this page please send it to

Factsheet about underage drinking from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Underage drinking is a serious public health problem in the United States. Alcohol is the most widely used substance among America’s youth, and drinking by young people poses enormous health and safety risks.
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A factsheet about underage drinking published by the CDC. 
Underage alcohol consumption is common in the United States and can have harmful outcomes. A comprehensive approach that includes effective policy strategies can prevent underage drinking and related harms.
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The federal Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD) works with state, territorial, and local governments and organizations to reduce and prevent underage drinking and its consequences. ICCPUD’s website, , provides the latest research and resources to support underage drinking prevention and related issues.
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The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking
Drinking alcohol can harm the growing body and brain. That’s why it’s important for young people
to grow up alcohol-free. And it takes every adult in the community to help young people choose not
to drink alcohol. It takes you. Read More

Lucky Leprechaun Saint Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt 2022!

This year the Lucky Leprechaun Saint Patrick's Day Treasure Hunt will start at the Questa Library and the clues will be in the Municipal Park behind the library, around and inside the library. The hunt will be on Thursday, March 17th from 1-5pm. There will also be story time inside the library from 3-5pm. The first clue will be hanging from the bulletin board inside the entrance to the library. Please also take an information card and a compass from the sparkly box that will be under the bulletin board. Also, children must be accompanied by an adult. Please also post any photos that you take during your hunt to your social media with the hashtags #healthyhero and #vidadelnorte 🙂
Have fun and have a safe and happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Resources about Youth and Substance Misuse

This list will continue to be developed over time. Please check back periodically to see new content and if you know of resources that might be good on this list please send them to

The Truth
This site offers resources geared towards teens to educate them about vaping and help them to quit.

Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults - From the CDC

Information and data from the CDC about on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults. The bottom of this page also offers many other good resource links.

YOUTH.GOV - Topic: Substance Use/Misuse

This page provides tons of links to other resources relating to youth substance misuse. Check out all of the categories under the main text on this page to uncover many additional resources.

Substance abuse by youth and young adults in rural America

This page links to a scholarly research publication addressing substance abuse by youth in rural America. This page only contains a summary of the entire publication. This page also contains links to some related articles. The entire publication can be found here.

Youth Leadership Webinars, Videos and Resources

How to Empower Youth and Grow Community | Sean Smith | TEDxYouth@Bunbury

This video will expand on why youth can have a very powerful voice in their community and empowering them to know and feel they can. Sean will address the issues of youth representation in the community and government. He aims to nurture the idea that the youth of a community should be a key part of its growth.
Sean, 19, is a Bunbury local and the City of Bunbury Youth Mayor with a passion for getting actively involved in the community and its growth.

Youth Leadership: Empowering the future | Ali Redha Z. Damji | TEDxPristinePrivateSchool

Aliredha Damji, the youth leader of Pristine gives us the recipe that helped him transform from a Bully as he calls himself to a compassionate youth leader. Like a true leader no ones left behind in his recipe ….. ALL are LEADERS

Young Leadership principles - hope and expectations for the future | Sunniva Muren | TEDxStavanger

18 year-old Sunniva Muren lives in Klepp, Rogaland Norway. She is about to finish her second year at Tryggheim upper secondary school in Nærbø.
While the future is all about young people in Sunniva’s generation, her passion and inspiration came from recognizing the value of the knowledge and experience from the generations much older than hers.

The Power of Youth - Changing the World | Sanjana Buddi | TEDxCapeMay

Sanjana Buddi is a senior at Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, NJ. Other than her involvement with the non-profit PUREYouth, Sanjana is a varsity tennis player, plays double bass, volunteers at RWJ hospital, and is a Girl Scout working on her gold award, so volunteering has always been a part of her life. With the assistance of PURE, Sanjana is able to work with schools all over the world in makings sure that they get the assistance that they need.

Youth Activism: Activating Your Voice | Hannah Testa | TEDxAlpharettaWomen

Young people are quickly becoming the revolutionaries of today. How can you get involved? Hannah Testa highlights her story as a youth activist and provides steps and advice on speaking out. Hannah Testa is a 17-year-old honors student from Cumming, GA, but she is not an ordinary teen. While she loves her family, friends, and art, she is passionate about issues that affect our planet and she has been using her influence from a young age to educate others, as she believes that “knowledge is power”...

Links to Leadership Games for Youth

Leadership Games for Youth
This article by Michele Meleen describes a number activities that engage youth in mastering useful life skills while playing games

Light Up Questa! 2021 Holiday Fundraiser

Help Vida Del Norte and the Village of Questa Spread Holiday Cheer this Year - Donate and Participate to Light up the Village this Holiday Season!

Vida Del Norte and The Village of Questa are partnering together to light up Questa during the Holidays again this year. We would appreciate any volunteer help, Christmas Decoration donations such as lights but mostly we would really appreciate participation.
We would like for families to be able to adopt and decorate approximately 30 trees that are on 522 north of the light. They would need to be decorated with solar lights, if anyone is interested in adopting a tree please reach out to Maria Gonzalez at 575-779-2260 for more information.
We are also planning a Light Parade and would like for anyone who would like to decorate their vehicle and participate to contact either Maria Gonzalez at 575-779-2260 or Dina Coleman at 575-586-0694.
You can download the application to be in the Light Parade HERE.
You can either fill out the application and bring it to Dina Coleman at the Questa Municipal Office or email it to her at:

We are also currently working with the school district and local business to create a tree tour that will be in collaboration with the youth of our community and the local businesses. We look forward to a very festive Holiday season and we would like to see all our community participate in the festivities.

We need to do some fundraising to cover all of the expenses involved in lighting up Questa and decorating for the holidays.  If you are able to make a donation online please click the green donate button or contact Maria Gonzalez at at 575-779-2260 to donate cash or a check or if you have donations of lights or decorations.




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