FARMINGTON — Capacity Builders, a Farmington nonprofit organization, has received a $5 million, five-year federal grant for an initiative to reduce teen pregnancy on the Navajo Nation.

The Navajo Youth Builder campaign kicks off in the fall when students return to school. “Teen pregnancy is a concern everywhere, especially rural communities because kids don't have anything to do,” said Rachel Nawrocki, executive director for Capacity Builders.

A partnership agreement for the campaign is pending between Capacity Builders and the Nation's Office of Youth Development. The grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The project will focus on long-term self-esteem and goal setting to avoid teen pregnancy, Nawrocki said. 

The nonprofit plans to hire about seven more staffers to carry out the project, Nawrocki said.

Capacity Builders is moving from a small office on Apache Street to the Broadway complex in the 400 block of West Broadway, which the nonprofit is remodeling.


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