Apr 23, 2021

NAAF Spring 2021, GuVo District, Tohono O'odham

Connor on Ibdag Tas (Heart Day)
Connor on Ibdag Tas (Heart Day)

Greetings from Native American Advancement Foundation in GuVo District, Tohono O'odham Nation! Our team continues to be in awe of YOU and your support for students. 

For Spring 2021, the NAAF team and GuVo District student families are creating, connecting and planting new seeds for a beautiful year.

NAAF's After School Program continues to serve all children in the District (122 youth) through a direct household delivery service, 5 days a week. The remote delivery program of meals and enrichment academic, prevention and cultural education operates under Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, as well as the Tohono O’odham Nation (TON) executive order during COVID-19.  

Students rely on NAAF’s daily service as a vital point of contact for academic mentorship, primary prevention and cultural identity role-modeling. Selina Jesus (NAAF Sr. Director of Programs and Tribal Relations) and Adriana Fitts (NAAF Program Coordinator) lead the daily programming and are trusted mentors to GuVo District young people. The team provides academic work with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Math (STEAM), art, Tohono O’odham language and culture, evidence-based prevention curriculum, family support tools and hands-on activities through packets.

For example, in February (photos) Adriana Fitts led joyous Ibdág Tas (Heart Day) projects! Providing materials via packets and videos, Addy and students worked to "Keep Your Heart Happy" in collaboration with NAAF's After School Program and the Healthy People Coalition. Addy created videos with a greeting in Tohono O'odham and English, followed by how-to videos on ibdág pana:l (heart bee), ibdág ju:kî mad (heart lady bug) and a DaVinci bridge

The GuVo Community Remote Learning Center, led by Monica Cleveland (NAAF Director of Student Services) has expanded services to the Ali Chugk community! This is the southern part of the GuVo District, close to the U.S.-Mexico border. Monica and her team provide tutoring and emotional support tools, healthy snacks, laptops and mobile internet connectivity.  The RLC  serve as vital liaisons between student families and the regional school network.

The After School Program’s learning site, Ruth’s Garden has also expanded for 2021. The NAAF team and GuVo District gardeners kicked off the growing season by hosting family planting sessions. This was a beautiful way to connect families through food culture and science cycles, while maintaining social distancing. Ruth’s Garden started last year during the pandemic and is a hugely popular outdoor classroom for the After-School Program (photo of Aurora planing blue corn and melons).

The youth led skateboarding group, Endure have had an amazing spring (photos). They successfully secure a second grant for the skatepark and led a community clean up day. Materials were recycled as a fundraiser and families were able to show their support for the future skatepark community space.  

We look forward to sharing more in the coming months. 

S'apo ~ Thank you.

Jessenia & Damian on Ibdag Tas (Heart Day)
Jessenia & Damian on Ibdag Tas (Heart Day)
Talina, Xzavier & David on Ibdag Tas (Heart Day)
Talina, Xzavier & David on Ibdag Tas (Heart Day)
Cal on Ibdag Tas (Heart Day)
Cal on Ibdag Tas (Heart Day)
Aurora in Ruth's Garden, Family Planting Day
Aurora in Ruth's Garden, Family Planting Day
Elijah, Endure Skatepark Group
Elijah, Endure Skatepark Group
Endure Skatepark Group
Endure Skatepark Group
Andre, Endure Skatepark Group
Andre, Endure Skatepark Group

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Apr 23, 2021

Spring 2021, GuVo District, Tohono O'odham Nation

Connor on Ibdag Tas(Heart Day)
Connor on Ibdag Tas(Heart Day)

Greetings from Native American Advancement Foundation in GuVo District, Tohono O'odham Nation! Our team continues to be in awe of YOU and your support for students. 

For Spring 2021, the NAAF team and GuVo District student families are creating, connecting and planting new seeds for a beautiful year.

NAAF's Summer Adventure program is on pause, but we want to share our updates for the After School Program (ASP). The ASP continues to serve all children in the District (122 youth) through a direct household delivery service, 5 days a week. The remote delivery program of meals and enrichment academic, prevention and cultural education operates under Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, as well as the Tohono O’odham Nation (TON) executive order during COVID-19.  

Students rely on NAAF’s daily service as a vital point of contact for academic mentorship, primary prevention and cultural identity role-modeling. Selina Jesus (NAAF Sr. Director of Programs and Tribal Relations) and Adriana Fitts (NAAF Program Coordinator) lead the daily programming and are trusted mentors to GuVo District young people. The team provides academic work with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Math (STEAM), art, Tohono O’odham language and culture, evidence-based prevention curriculum, family support tools and hands-on activities through packets.

For example, in February (photos) Adriana Fitts led joyous Ibdág Tas (Heart Day) projects! Providing materials via packets and videos, Addy and students worked to "Keep Your Heart Happy" in collaboration with NAAF's After School Program and the Healthy People Coalition. Addy created videos with a greeting in Tohono O'odham and English, followed by how-to videos on ibdág pana:l (heart bee), ibdág ju:kî mad (heart lady bug) and a DaVinci bridge

The GuVo Community Remote Learning Center, led by Monica Cleveland (NAAF Director of Student Services) has expanded services to the Ali Chugk community! This is the southern part of the GuVo District, close to the U.S.-Mexico border. Monica and her team provide tutoring and emotional support tools, healthy snacks, laptops and mobile internet connectivity.  The RLC  serve as vital liaisons between student families and the regional school network.

The ASP’s learning site, Ruth’s Garden has also expanded for 2021. The NAAF team and GuVo District gardeners kicked off the growing season by hosting family planting sessions. This was a beautiful way to connect families through food culture and science cycles, while maintaining social distancing. Ruth’s Garden started last year during the pandemic and is a hugely popular outdoor classroom for the ASP (photo of Aurora planing blue corn and melons).

The youth led skateboarding group, Endure have had an amazing spring (photos). They successfully secure a second grant for the skatepark and led a community clean up day. Materials were recycled as a fundraiser and families were able to show their support for the future skatepark community space.  

We look forward to sharing more in the coming months. 

S'apo ~ Thank you.

Jessenia & Damian on Ibdag Tas(Heart Day)
Jessenia & Damian on Ibdag Tas(Heart Day)
Talina, Xzavier & David on Ibdag Tas(Heart Day)
Talina, Xzavier & David on Ibdag Tas(Heart Day)
Cal on Ibdag Tas(Heart Day)
Cal on Ibdag Tas(Heart Day)
Aurora in Ruth's Garden Family Planting Day
Aurora in Ruth's Garden Family Planting Day
Endure Skateboard Group
Endure Skateboard Group
Elijah, Endure Skateboard Group
Elijah, Endure Skateboard Group
Andre, Endure Skateboard Group
Andre, Endure Skateboard Group
Jan 4, 2021

Winter 2020-2021

Future GuVo Skatepark
Future GuVo Skatepark

Thank you for your support of the After-School Program, Native American Advancement Foundation and GuVo District, Tohono O’odham Nation. This has been a challenging year and we could not have done it without you.  

With COVID-19 continuing to impact the Tohono O'odham Nation reservation at rising rates, NAAF expanded the academic After-School Program to direct delivery of program and emergency services to student households. This includes daily meals, homework tutoring, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), Tohono O'odham language and culture, and prevention (substance and suicide). Additionally, NAAF is delivering COVID-19 related basic human needs, like health care packages and groceries to district families. NAAF’s After-School Program is a daily service of academic support and meal delivery for district children. And we have served a total of 13,748 meals since March!

The GuVo Remote Learning Center is up and running under Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Led by an educator and Tohono O'odham parent, the RLC is a safe space for students to receive academic tutoring, health resources and Tohono O’odham culture and language. With NAAF, the RLC provides mentoring for grade advancement, graduation, college and professional goals (photo is delivery of student support goodies, a regular service).

With your help, NAAF and the RLC have been able to deliver laptops to students and expand internet capability in GuVo District. Arizona public education platforms require laptops for student interface and internet to sustain academic progress in 2020-2021. NAAF and GuVo families prioritized narrowing the digital divide for students since summer 2020. We conducted two education technology surveys to assess student needs and access; and partnered with the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and Google to create innovative solutions. A link to a short film on education during COVID-19 is included.

GuVo District Skatepark is moving from dream to reality. In 2017, GuVo young people created a skateboarding group called Endure. They presented their skatepark plan to GuVo District and Youth Councils, Tucson Skatepark Alliance and the Tony Hawk Foundation. On November 12, 2020, Endure was awarded a competitive, national level grant of $20,000.00 for skatepark construction by The Skatepark Project of the Tony Hawk Foundation and Portugal The Man, PTM Foundation. Their vision is a beautiful recreational space and the first skatepark on the Tohono O’odham Nation. NAAF and our GuVo Healthy People Coalition have prioritized this space for youth recreation, prevention and health/fitness programming.

Thank you again for your inspirational support!

GuVo Remote Learning Center Student Supplies
GuVo Remote Learning Center Student Supplies
Selina Jesus, NAAF Director of Programs & Student
Selina Jesus, NAAF Director of Programs & Student

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