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Jun 19, 2019

Another Great Year for the GuVo ASP!

8th Grade Promotees
8th Grade Promotees

It's truly been an amazing year for our GuVo Academic After-School Program! We have more enrolled students than ever, and we see positive changes in the community daily. We are so grateful to you, our donors, for all that you do. I'd like to share a note from NAAF's Board President Susan Warmack, as well as some successes from this year:

Hello, and welcome to our June Newsletter!

This is the time of year we celebrate the many students who have successfully completed another school year. We are thrilled to congratulate the 27 (5 from GuVo District) 8th-grade promotees and 89 (7 from GuVo District) high school graduates!  

We are also incredibly proud of our 8 online students and 7 GED students who are succeeding in their individualized programs.

As this school year comes to a close, I would like to salute our many volunteers who served in our programs.  

Finally, I thank YOU, our donors, whose continued support enables our rural community members to thrive academically, emotionally, culturally, and physically!

Susan Warmack, President of the Board


2018/2019 School Year Highlights 

  • After-School Programs in 3 villages serving 62 children
  • 1,456 healthy meals served
  • 1,584 healthy snacks served
  • 2 paid interns
  • 18 volunteers
  • 12 drug and alcohol-free events hosted
  • 4,298 miles driven to pick up food
  • 10 Fun Runs co-hosted with HOPP
  • 28 days of O'odham language instruction
  • 1 Suicide Prevention Workshop
  • 2 field trips

Thank you so much for your continued support! We are grateful for all you do.

One Way to Beat the GuVo Heat
One Way to Beat the GuVo Heat
Hanging Out at The Store
Hanging Out at The Store
Himdag is Life!
Himdag is Life!
Susan with Students from GuVo
Susan with Students from GuVo
Apr 5, 2019

Summer Fun on the Horizon!

River mentors the young students in our programs
River mentors the young students in our programs

Dear Friends,

Summer is just around the corner! Temperatures are already reaching into the 90s on the Tohono O'odham Nation, and NAAF is getting ready for our yearly Summer Adventure Program. As it is every year, the goal of the GuVo Summer Adventure is to promote education, build our youths’ self-esteem, spark curiosity, and shape strong, healthy, contributing members of society. The program focuses on teaching reading, math, technology, and health education. Also incorporated are the teaching and development of traditional Tohono O’odham art, handcrafts, language, gardening, and cultural history.

This year the program will again be held at the Al Jek Recreation Center in Menagers Dam, GuVo District. We anticipate at least 30 participants this year, and we have lots of fun and educational activities planned, including field trips to the Tucson Wildlife Center, Biosphere 2, and other fun and educational places. 

It is because of our amazing donors and volunteers that we can provide this much-needed and valuable service to the underserved children in GuVo. We are so grateful for all the generous donations, and because of your help, we have continued to grow and thrive, and are about to celebrate 8 successful years of the Summer Adventure Program. 100% of your donation goes to running the program, either supplying food for snacks and meals, fuel for transportation, or program supplies and curriculum. Our program is not fully funded this year, and help is needed! Thank you once again for your continued support. We look forward to sharing photos and stories from this years program, which will begin in June and runs for 6 weeks.

Thank you so much!
Jeremy Paxton
Director of Development
Native American Advancement Foundation (NAAF)

We are so proud of our Interns!
We are so proud of our Interns!
GuVo Royalty!
GuVo Royalty!
Mar 22, 2019

NAAF Newsletter - Spring 2019

Spring is a beautiful time of year here in Southwest Arizona, and after a rare and beautiful snowstorm, things are heating up in GuVo! Check out what NAAF has been up to!


After an amazing year of working with interns for NAAF and The Store, we had a ceremony to celebrate all the great work they have done. We are grateful to our interns for all their hard work and wish them the best of luck with whatever they do next. We hope the skills they learned in the program will serve them well in the future! The new internships start this month, and we are looking forward to working with a new batch of bright young interns!

After-School Program

In collaboration with the Nation's Al Jek Recreation Center, NAAF has a total of 65 students enrolled in our After-School program. Pictured are NAAF's volunteers helping with homework, and kids having an Arts & Craft activity.

After-School Program

In collaboration with the Nation's Al Jek Recreation Center, NAAF has a total of 65 students enrolled in our After-School program. Pictured are NAAF's volunteers helping with homework, and kids having an Arts & Craft activity.


NAAF Board President  plays the traditional Tohono O'odham game Toka with some girls from the community. Similar to field hockey, Toka is an ancient game and is traditionally played by Tohono O'odham women and girls. 


It's rare, but sometimes we do get some snow down here in Southwest Arizona. Thank you to NAAF's Director of Tribal Relations, who took this great picture of the mountains near Sells after the snow.

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