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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
Apr 1, 2015

We made it!!!

Hello Everyone!

Thanks to all of your generous support, we were able to raise $5,000 in less than two weeks through 40 individual donors and earn a permanent spot on This is a huge win for the Native American Advancement Foundation (NAAF) as a way to spread the word of our mission and to reach donors around the world. Again, thank you so much for making this possible!

NAAF's After-School Program is doing great things to break the cycle of poverty on the Tohono O'odham Reservation, located in Arizona. This month the students will begin each session with tutoring, followed by reading time and online math exercises. STEM activities will be taught two sessions per week, and every Wednesday students will participate in the Healthy O'odham Promotion Program (HOPP) which offers fitness clinics and wellness counseling in their state-of-the-art exercise center. All students are fed a nutritious dinner and participate in outdoor and indoor games to conclude each after-school session.

Listen to what a few of our students had to say about the program:

"The staff help us with homework! Homework time is awesome!" - Rose, age 9

 "I like to play outdoor and indoor games, especially Twister!" - Aiden, age 5

"I like doing homework the best." - Tia, age 8

"I like to learn and play games outside." - James, age 6
Thank you again for all of your help. You truly make a difference in the lives of these students who have so little, yet are so eager to learn.


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