Here is a map of the locations around New Mexico and globally that our organization has impacted since 2010.
2016 Recognition: See below for the numerous local and national recognitions that our organization received in 2016:
- ABQ Chamber of Commerce and ABQ Journal: In December of 2016, the Albuquerque Journal and Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce recognized our founder and leader, Coach Victor Francisco Lopez, as a Spirit of New Mexico Award recipient. This is an annual recognition given to five New Mexicans who have a positive impact on New Mexico. Here is the ABQ Journal article about the award.
- Disney: In October 2016, Learners Chess was awarded $10,000 in the Queen of Katwe contest! This contest took entries from individuals and organizations that make a positive impact in their communities.
- Local news story: In July 2016, our initial class of Learners Without Borders leaders was recognized on KOAT Channel 7 news for their journey to El Salvador to teach chess!
- Local news story: In early May, 2016, KOAT Channel 7 did a feature piece on Learners and our upcoming Summer Chess Camps. Click here to watch the 72 second piece.
- Local news story: In late February 2016, the Albuquerque Journal ran a featured piece about Learners Chess, our after school programs, and our summer camps. Click here to read the entire article.
- White House: Our Founder and Leader, Coach Victor Francisco Lopez was recognized in February, 2016 by the White House as a Champion of Change for providing summer learning opportunities to kids. He sat on a panel moderated by Acting Secretary of Education, John B. King where he discussed best practices for providing summer learning opportunities for kids with four other Champions of Change. And as a part of the recognition he had a blog post about his experiences posted on the White House website.
- New Mexico State Senate: In February 2016, the New Mexico State Senate passed a memorial recognizing Learners Chess for our work and important impact on the children of New Mexico thus far. Click here to read the full memorial, Senate Memorial 100.
- Local news story: In late January 2016, KOB Channel 4 did a live interview with Coach Victor about Learners Chess during one of their news broadcasts. Click here to see the three minute interview.
- We were also featured in a 30 minute interview on 770 AM Radio.