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Sep 22, 2015

Gu Vo Academic After-School Program 2015 / 2016!!!

Dear Friends:

We are excited to share some great news with you. This year our academic after-school program will be held at the local elementary / middle school! Having these facilities will definitely allow us to put on an even stronger program. The number of students attending is expected to skyrocket. Each session will include math, reading, writing, vocabulary, and STEM lessons. Students will also spend time doing arts & crafts, receive tutoring help, and be fed a healthy after-school snack and dinner. 

Each student takes a reading, writing, and math assessment at the beginning, middle, and end of the program. Through the educational software Ten Marks (math) and Raz Kids (reading and writing), we are able to track a student's progress and assist where needed. Keeping a close eye on their progress is crucial to helping these young scholars as much as we can. 

Setting these students up for success is imperative on a reservation where the dropout rate exceeds 51%. Year after year, we have seen first-hand the love of learning these kids have. Through mixing fun with academic lessons, our after-school program is one the kids can't wait to attend.

Our new partnership with the school will make it much easier for these kids to attend the program. The Tohono O'odham Nation (TON) is vast with wide open spaces in every direction. While these spaces serve as amazing backdrops, they provide transportation challenges. With our program at the school, the kids simply have to walk to the after-school building on campus, learn, have fun, play, eat nutritious food, and catch the school bus home.

Moving forward, it is our hope to partner with other districts on the TON to implement their own after-school programs based on our model, which combines physical and psychological safety, supportive relationships, appropriate structure, opportunities to belong, positive social norms, support for efficacy and mattering, opportunities for skill building, and integration of family, school, and community efforts.

Of course, this program would never be possible without the support of kind donors like yourself. If you can, please support our new and refined academic after-school program. Each dollar makes a world of difference!

 

With gratitude,

Jim Kober
Executive Director
Native American Advancement Foundation 
www.nativeamericanadvancement.org
www.facebook.com/NativeAmericanAdvancementFoundation

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Jul 6, 2015

Native American Academic Summer Adventure a Hit!

Dear Friends:

On Monday we entered the 5th week of the Gu Vo Youth Academic Summer Adventure - an academic summer camp that combines fun activities with education to inspire Native American students from the Tohono O'odham (T.O.) Tribe in Arizona to stay in school and break the cycle of poverty on the T.O. Nation. We have had a steady count of 40 tribal youth attend each session of the camp. Parents are sending us reports of how kids are going to bed early in order to wake up in time to get a ride to the Summer Adventure!  

Each daily session begins with outdoor activity. Recent studies have shown the mind is at its best after exercise. After outdoor time, the students adjourn inside for reading and math lessons through our educational software. Students and outcomes are tracked through the use of this software. 

In addition to keeping up with studies during the lull of summer, these students are having a great time playing games that teach teamwork, such as Sinking Ship, a game that is very similar to what many of us played as kids where the floor is lava and all furniture is safe. In Sinking Ship, gym mats are laid one atop the other and the kids have to help one another get from mat to mat and finally to safety. If they touch pavement, they are out of the game. Sinking Ship is an excellent way to teach these youth teamwork.

As camp moves into its final two weeks for 2015, we are excited to move forward with our daily academic lessons as well as a number of spirit days for the kids. There will be a "Crazy-Hair Day" a "Super Hero Day" a "Favorite Jersey Day" and a "Pajama Day."

The kids truly have had an incredible summer camp this year, and it is all thanks to donors like you. Thank you again, so much, and please keep the Native American Advancement Foundation (NAAF) in mind for future donations. We are making big things happen on the T.O. Nation.

"T.O. the TOP!"

Kindly,

Jim Kober, Executive Director
Native American Advancement Foundation 

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Jun 22, 2015

Greetings from NAAF!

Hello Everyone,

Thanks to your support, the Gu Vo Youth After-School Program, Spring Semester 2015, was a huge success! The students were assisted daily with homework assignments, fed a nutritious snack and dinner, developed their reading, math, and writing skills using learning software and other lessons developed by our tutors and staff. The students also kept journals on a garden they grew. Many STEM lessons came from this garden, and the students were so proud of everything they grew.

Plans to launch an even stronger after-school program this August are in the works. We have been meeting with the directors of Tucson's best after-school programs and working with the University of Arizona and various other local organizations to make our program the best it can be. Also on the horizon for August is a fantastic partnership with the Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF). SARSEF will send one of their scientist to our after-school program to teach the kids how to research, develop, and bring to life a science fair project to be entered in the annual SARSEF Science Fair at the Tucson Community Center in April. We are so excited to see the great projects these creative, bright, young minds bring to life. 

As always, the survival of this program depends on the generosity of donors like yourself. If you are thinking of making a donation somewhere, please consider the Gu Vo Youth After-School Program by clicking below. This remote area of Arizona receives little to no financial support. A dropout rate of over 51% continues to be the norm. The second largest Native American tribe, the Tohono O'odham has the highest rate of adult onset diabetes in the world, with some figures stating over 70% of all Tribal adults suffer from the disease. Through our programs, NAAF is teaching the youth there is a prosperous life ahead through education, hard work, and nutritious eating.

With your support, these underserved kids are truly on the move to accomplish big things. 

All the best,
Jim Kober, Executive Director
Native American Advancement Foundation
 
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