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Jun 29, 2018

The Summer Adventure is in Full Swing!

This is how we cool off on the Rez!
This is how we cool off on the Rez!

Dear Friends,

Summertime is here, and NAAF has kicked off its 7th annual Summer Adventure Program! Thanks to you, our donors, we are able to continue this important program in rural southwest Arizona. The Summer Adventure Program gives the kids in GuVo a safe, fun place to stay out of the heat (temperature soar over 100 degrees regularly), stay scholastically engaged, and have some great adventures!

The goal of the GuVo Summer Adventure Program is to promote education, build our youths’ self-esteem, spark curiosity, and shape strong, healthy, contributing members of society. The program focuses on reading, math, technology, and health education. Our students will be taking exciting and educational field trips to places like The Biosphere 2, OdySea Aquarium, and the Truck of Love. Also incorporated are the teaching and development of traditional Tohono O’odham art, handcrafts, language, gardening, and cultural history. A healthy meal and snack are served to all participants.

As members of the Tohono O'odham Nation, NAAF staff and leadership share a long-term commitment towards the betterment of the community. With their programs, NAAF aims to build collective and individual self-esteem and promote overall well-being and self-sufficiency. The community of GuVo needs access to resources that are crucial to
furthering their education, promoting health and wellness, and inspiring them to stay in school and pursue higher education. NAAF provides these resources through our academic programs.

We are truly grateful for your generous donations. Together we are making a BIG difference in the GuVo Community! Thank you!

Diving in to a Summer Adventure!
Diving in to a Summer Adventure!
Jun 14, 2018

Congratulations Graduates!

NAAF High School Grads
NAAF High School Grads

Congratulations to NAAF's 2018 High School Graduates and 8th Grade Promotees! 

Click on the link below to see a short video featuring the two graduating classes, their families, and the festivities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyfZI13qhoI

It’s Been Another Great Year for the GuVo After School Program!

The GuVo After School Program has wrapped up for the school year and it’s been a lot of fun! 

  • Operational for 7 years!
  • Currently serving 45 children in 2 locations
  • 5,220 meals and snacks served
  • 50 community volunteers engaged
  • Activities include homework help, fitness, cultural preservation, crafts, and more
  • Field trips to Biosphere 2, University of Arizona, Old Tucson Studios, Christmas Lights Extravaganza, and traditional Tohono O'odham games and sports events

Thank you to our donors, staff, volunteers, and communities who helped to make the program a success!

NAAF and The Store are excited to announce our 2018 Joint Internship Program!

The goal of this internship is twofold: 

1) To equip interns with a diverse background of experience and develop specific skill sets in order to strengthen his or her candidacy for future employment.

2) To provide training related to resume building, application, and interview processes.

 During our 6 month program, our volunteer interns will learn the responsibilities of operating both NAAF and The Store. Afterward, they will have an opportunity to apply for a six month paid position (part-time) at either NAAF or The Store. We look forward to working alongside these remarkable and motivated individuals!

The After-School Program has wrapped up for the year, but the fun doesn't stop in the summer! Stay tuned for an update on our Sumer Adventure Program, which began this week. Thank you so much for your support!

Mar 23, 2018

A Summer Adventure Awaits!

Dear Friends,

To say that southwestern Arizona gets hot in the summertime would be an understatement. With temperatures reaching as high as 115 degrees, it's all to easy to fall into the summer doldroms, and out in the remote Gu Vo District of the Tohono O'odham Nation, there isn't a whole lot for kids to do when it's too hot to play outside. Luckily, NAAF has a solution for the summer doldroms; our Academic Summer Adventure Program! 

The goal of the Gu Vo Summer Adventure Program 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. Through the use of Cubelets (robotic building blocks that behave differently depending on how they are assembled) the children are taught beginning Robotics and Programming as they build and experiment. Between class periods, students will break for healthy snacks and exercise. Each day will provide the students with an active schedule that will enrich them both mentally and physically.

Our Acadmic Summer Adventure Program provides a safe, air conditioned place for students to go each weekday to learn, play and receive a healthy meal and snack. The students will take field trips to educational hotspots such as Kitt Peak, The Pima Air & Space Museum, Biosphere 2, as well as important locations on the reservation such as the historic village Kukatch—ancestral lands where the kids learn respect for elders and basic survival techniques.

The students, parents, and NAAF staff always have a great time during this program, and this year we are on track to serve more students than any previous year, with as many as 80 possilbe participants. We will keep you posted with pictures, stories and short bios about our students once the program is underway. As always, thank you so much for supporting the amazing students of the Gu Vo District. They face many unique challenges, and your donations help to give them the opportunities and rescources that they so need and deserve. Thank you!

 
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