Community Star Award Winner

2015-2016 Winner - Tanya Critchfield & the Jaguars for Positive Change


The Junior League of Albuquerque is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism developing the potential of women and improving our community through the effective action of leadership and trained volunteers. Our Community Star Award celebrates the power of volunteers that make a difference in the community in the same spirit of the Junior League of Albuquerque. We made a call of action to receive nominations and through all the amazing stories of commitment to make Albuquerque and the surrounding metro area a better place, Tanya Critchfield and the Jaguars for Positive Change (JPC) stood out!

They were nominated by Angelica Delgadillo, the College & Career Readiness Counselor at Atrisco Heritage Academy because she was inspired by their impact on the school as well as the community they are a part of. Tanya leads this amazing student community service volunteer organization at the Artrisco Heritage Academy High School.of volunteers that make a difference in the community in the same spirit of the Junior League of Albuquerque. We made a call of action to receive nominations and through all the amazing stories of commitment to make Albuquerque and the surrounding metro area a better place, Tanya Critchfield and the Jaguars for Positive Change (JPC) stood out!

It started about 3 years ago when students were having a hard time finding volunteer opportunities in the community. They were told that they weren’t old enough or had to be accompanied by a parent. Problem is most of the parents do not have the ability to attend projects with their kids – it’s a federally designated Title 1 School (high population of low-income students). So in comes Tanya to help the kids work together to volunteer to make a difference in their community and also help pad that resume!

The JPC has worked with Adobe Acres, Ladera, Valle de Oro, the  Albuquerque Wildlife Federation and Cuidando los Ninos. Each time they receive kudos on their work ethic and positivity. Not only have these student been able to make a positive impact on their community they have also received benefits. They have learned that volunteering is “better than being in my bedroom all day.” It has inspired them on new career paths like degrees in Biology. It gives them a sense of pride and all while having fun. In Tanya’s words “I feel that my club is helping to create citizens that want to work together for the good of their community. It has been some of the most rewarding work of my career and gives me a great deal of hope for our future.”

We are proud to recognize Tanya and the students of the JPC. Several members of JLA were able to visit the school and personally hand the award to the students. Then again at the JLA End of the Year Party we were able to recognize Tanya specifically. Who knows maybe we will see some of the girls join The League in about 4 years!  

Honorable Mentions include: Jennifer Adams and Lucky Thirteen Barber Studio


2016-2017 Community Star Award Call for Nominations will begin in Spring of 2017