Jan 4, 2021

Winter 2020-2021

GuVo Remote Learning Center Student Supplies
GuVo Remote Learning Center Student Supplies

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!

Future GuVo Skatepark
Future GuVo Skatepark
Selina Jesus, NAAF Sr. Dir. of Programs & Student
Selina Jesus, NAAF Sr. Dir. of Programs & Student

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Sep 11, 2020

NAAF September 2020 Report and Newsletter

Aiden and Ha Ap'ethag (Our Wellness) Campaign
Aiden and Ha Ap'ethag (Our Wellness) Campaign

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 academic year from GuVo District, Tohono O'odham Nation. We are honored to share highlights from the last few months. And we are ready to tackle new challenges in education. 

Remote Learning Center

COVID-19 has affected schools with the Bureau of Indian Education for many Native Nations in Arizona. To sustain K-12th grade studies, NAAF and GuVo Community established a new Remote Learning Center. Together, we welcome Monica, who developed a plan for online learning resources for all community families. A lifelong advocate for children, educators and families, Monica brings creativity and innovation to the Remote Learning Center.

Ruth's Garden

Ruth’s Garden has been inspirational in her first year! We are humbled by the support and work of our community gardeners and volunteers. These incredible gardeners of all ages gave their time during a record hot summer. They grew delicious food, planted fruit trees and desert succulents, built fences, set up poles for a walkway and made bricks with traditional Tohono O'odham methods. Gardeners cultivated beauty and made birds sing...

Health and Wellness Campaigns

Social distancing was a summer policy in Arizona and Tohono O'odham Nation. NAAF, the Healthy People Coalition and partner Arizona Complete Health held two remote wellness campaigns. In July, we all worked to #BeKind. Students participated by doing something wonderful for another person or animal. In August, we celebrated Ha-Ap’ethag (Our Well-Being). Youth participated in mind and body strength with cicwi (action and games) and stahadag (fun)! Every student received t-shirts, frisbees and prizes. They connected with each other via social media.  

Community Volunteers and Support During COVID-19

Last but far from least, a moment of gratitude. Keeping food and supplies available during COVID-19 is a major challenge. The staff of The Store took on the challenge. These beautiful people ensured food, household and personal items were accessible: Sonya, Brenda, Sydney, Raymanda, Tyler and River.

We close with applause for our indispensable volunteer drivers. These people cannot be thanked enough: Jackie, Patkie, Shani, Jaeney, Gary, Curtis and Caden.

And thanks to you, friends. Your support of NAAF and GuVo District, Tohono O'odham Nation is foundational.

Aleena & Sierra #BeKind Campaign
Aleena & Sierra #BeKind Campaign
Donovan & Fay #BeKind Campaign
Donovan & Fay #BeKind Campaign
Ariza Dom Palulu & Brandon Ha Ap'ethag Campaign
Ariza Dom Palulu & Brandon Ha Ap'ethag Campaign
Ruth's Garden Watermelon
Ruth's Garden Watermelon
Traditional O'odham Bricks
Traditional O'odham Bricks
Sunset Ruth's Garden
Sunset Ruth's Garden

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Sep 8, 2020

NAAF September 2020 Report and Newsletter

Ruth's Garden Watermelon Harvest
Ruth's Garden Watermelon Harvest

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 academic year from GuVo District, Tohono O'odham Nation. We are honored to share highlights from the last few months. And we are ready to tackle new challenges in education. 

Remote Learning Center

COVID-19 has affected schools with the Bureau of Indian Education for many Native Nations in Arizona. To sustain K-12th grade studies, NAAF and GuVo Community established a new Remote Learning Center. Together, we welcome Monica, who developed a plan for online learning resources for all community families. A lifelong advocate for children, educators and families, Monica brings creativity and innovation to the Remote Learning Center.

Ruth's Garden

Ruth’s Garden has been inspirational in her first year! We are humbled by the support and work of our community gardeners and volunteers. These incredible gardeners of all ages gave their time during a record hot summer. They grew delicious food, planted fruit trees and desert succulents, built fences, set up poles for a walkway and made bricks with traditional Tohono O'odham methods. Gardeners cultivated beauty and made birds sing...

Health and Wellness Campaigns

Social distancing was a summer policy in Arizona and Tohono O'odham Nation. NAAF, the Healthy People Coalition and partner Arizona Complete Health held two remote wellness campaigns. In July, we all worked to #BeKind. Students participated by doing something wonderful for another person or animal. In August, we celebrated Ha-Ap’ethag (Our Well-Being). Youth participated in mind and body strength with cicwi (action and games) and stahadag (fun)! Every student received t-shirts, frisbees and prizes. They connected with each other via social media.  

Community Volunteers and Support During COVID-19

Last but far from least, a moment of gratitude. Keeping food and supplies available during COVID-19 is a major challenge. The staff of The Store took on the challenge. These beautiful people ensured food, household and personal items were accessible: Sonya, Brenda, Sydney, Raymanda, Tyler and River.

We close with applause for our indispensable volunteer drivers. These people cannot be thanked enough: Jackie, Patkie, Shani, Jaeney, Gary, Curtis and Caden.

And thanks to you, friends. Your support of NAAF and GuVo District, Tohono O'odham Nation is foundational.

 

 

Ray and Watermelon Delivery for Children's Meals
Ray and Watermelon Delivery for Children's Meals
Jessenia #BeKind Campaign
Jessenia #BeKind Campaign
Aleena and Sierra #BeKind Campaign
Aleena and Sierra #BeKind Campaign
Aiden and Ha Ap'ethag (Our Wellbeing) Campaign
Aiden and Ha Ap'ethag (Our Wellbeing) Campaign
Emiliano Nathaniel Emily John Aydenn  Ha Ap'ethag
Emiliano Nathaniel Emily John Aydenn Ha Ap'ethag
Donovan and Fay #BeKind Campaign
Donovan and Fay #BeKind Campaign
Ruth'sGarden
Ruth'sGarden

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