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Mar 10, 2016

Another Home Run for the After-School Program

Dear Friends,

The Native American Advancement Foundation's (NAAF) Gu Vo Academic After-School Program is going strong for Spring Semester 2016. We are averaging over 30 youth per day, and our students are loving the academic, fitness, and arts and crafts lessons. Gu Vo District on the Tohono O'odham Nation is tucked away in a gorgeous run of Arizona desert that is many, many miles from anywhere. While this distance lends to the amazing beauty and serenity of the District, it also leaves young students who wish to explore the world outside with few options, especially if their family lacks a vehicle. We make up for this in the after-school program by taking these great students on field trips to places like the University of Arizona, Biosphere 2, and even a Phoenix Suns NBA game where members of the Gu Vo Youth Council performed traditional Tohono O'odham singing and dancing during halftime!

Speaking of our Youth Council, these young leaders comprised of local high school students have been an amazing addition to our program, showing up daily to lend a hand with anything and everything from helping the younger students with their homework to daily set up and break down of our space. The Youth Council are amazing mentors. When the younger students see these older students succeeding and leading, they are inspired to follow the same path, and they know through determination and study they too can get there. 

You, the donor, made this happen! We appreciate your support greatly and ask that you consider us when donating in the future. The success of our students is only possible if you join us on this journey. 

We recently asked our students what they thought about the after-school program and living in Gu Vo. Here is what they had to say:

NAAF: What is your favorite things about living in Gu Vo District?
River (age 16): Helping the little kids and being O'odham.
Zackery (age 5): My mom and dad.
Jaeney (age 15): It's really fun hanging out and helping with the program. And the landscape of Gu's pretty at any time of the day. 
Raymanda (age 15): Being here at the after-school program!

NAAF: What is your favorite subject to study?
Elijah (age 12): Science is my favorite, because we get to do fun stuff!
Zackery (age 5): Math!!!
Malachie (age 8): Math, because I learn a lot! 

NAAF: Tell us how the older kids help with the program.
Laci (age 8): I love them. They help us with our homework!
Elijah (age 12): They're cool. I want to be like them someday and help kids like me with homework. 

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Jim Kober, MPA
Executive Director
Native American Advancement Foundation (NAAF)
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Dec 29, 2015

Epic Summer Adventure for 2016

Dear Friends,

We are excited to report that one of our students from Summer Adventure 2015 was recently crowned Jr Miss Gu Vo District of the Tohono O’odham Nation! She is an excellent student with amazing manners and a sharp wit. We are certain she will be a great Jr Miss Gu Vo, and we can't wait to see her back at Summer Adventure 2016!

With great memories and outcomes from our Academic Summer Adventure 2015, we are hard at work planning our 2015 program. Due to the popularity of last summer's program, we are expecting at least 40 students per day. In the desert District of Gu Vo on the Tohono O'odham Nation, the triple digit summer heat and remoteness of area leave little for the kids to do on a well-deserved summer break. Luckily, these young scholars find solace in our Summer Adventure which is held inside a well air conditioned recreation center. The program runs five hours a day, five days a week, for six weeks. Each day students are fed a healthy snack and nutritious lunch. Providing these meals and teaching the kids about healthy eating is key on a Tribal Nation where over 70% of the adult population are living with type 2 diabetes.

Youth from all over Gu Vo District attend the program to receive lessons in reading, writing, mathematics, and STEM activities. Arts and crafts, cultural lessons, and theme weeks also play a major role. This year we have partnered with the Drawing Studio out of Tucson, AZ. An instructor will come to Gu Vo, stay for a week, and teach the students fantastic drawing lessons. When the students are not busy with all of this, they will be taking numerous field trips to educational sites all over Arizona. A few favorite field trips from last summer - the Musical Instrument Museum and the Arizona Science Center.

Over 51% of Tohono O'odham adults have not completed high school. By keeping our students engaged in the summer months through combining education and adventure, we continue our mission to keep these kids in school all the way through college graduation. We see the results of this daily as the kids light up with each new lesson from our after-school and summer programs. Our mission is working, but it is one that is ongoing. We cannot thank you enough for your past support and hope you will consider making another donation as we move forward. Together we can make a huge difference for these bright, amazing, underserved children. 


Dec 17, 2015

NAAF After-School Program a Huge Hit!

Dear Friends,

Thanks to your support, the 2015 Gu Vo Academic After-School Program has been our strongest to date. Fall semester alone, we served over 2,000 healthy meals to students. This is crucial on such a remote tribal nation where healthy food options are few and far between. Our students love the change of pace with a warm, nutritious dinner each evening during the school week.

We spent the summer meeting with celebrated after-school professionals all over the state of Arizona in an effort to refine our program to be as effective as possible. After months of planning and guidance, our program is thriving, with an average of 32 students per day. We are also incredibly fortunate for the volunteerism of the Gu Vo Youth Leadership Council who, along with our staff, mentor the students daily.

Each after-school session is made up of lessons in math, reading, writing, composition, STEM lessons, tribal culture and tradition, art-and-crafts, and play time. Our students cannot wait to get to the program. In fact, they are so happy with it, we have extended our calendar into winter break, taking our 36-week program to 42 weeks. You, the donor, made this (and so much more) happen!

Refining our after-school program to its current, top-notch state, was only the beginning, as we continue to improve and find new ways to give these underserved kids the lessons and tools needed to break the cycle of poverty on the Tohono O’odham Nation. Please consider making another donation to the Native American Advancement Foundation so we can continue this great program into 2016. The beautiful thing about supporting nonprofits is that every action is meaningful. If you are unable to give, please follow us on Facebook by clicking here and/or subscribe to our newsletter by clicking here and filling in the field on the right side of the page.

We truly cannot express how much your support means to us and our young scholars. Together we can make a meaningful difference for these eager students so many have forgotten.


Jim Kober, MPA
Executive Director
Native American Advancement Foundation (NAAF) 

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