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Native American Academic Summer Program

by Native American Advancement Foundation
Native American Academic Summer Program
Native American Academic Summer Program
Native American Academic Summer Program
Native American Academic Summer Program
Native American Academic Summer Program
Native American Academic Summer Program
Native American Academic Summer Program
Native American Academic Summer Program
Native American Academic Summer Program
Native American Academic Summer Program
Summer Adventure Kids visiting Border Patrol!
Summer Adventure Kids visiting Border Patrol!

Dear Friends,

It's hard to believe, but fall is here, and school is back in session. That means that for the 9th consecutive year, NAAF will be providing the Academic After-School Program at two locations in GuVo District; GuVo Village, and Ali Chugk.

First, a quick recap of our GuVo Summer Adventure Program:

This year's SAP was a big hit! At full enrollment, 30 youth participated in our 6-week program this year.

 Highlights included:

Truck of Love Camp
Traditional Tohono O'odham arts & crafts
Gardening and Saguaro Fruit harvesting (bahidaj)
Outdoor recreation with HOPP, including water games, basketball, volleyball, and kickball
Field trips
Healthy meals and snacks served every day

These two programs combined serve 65 amazing kids from GuVo District. That means that those 65 kids will have access to quality educational services, healthy meals and snacks, STEM activities, drug & alcohol prevention, traditional Tohono O'odham arts & crafts, and O'odham language lessons!

This year, NAAF begins the first phase of its Language Program, which will ultimately document and preserve the O'odham language, as well as teaching lessons to youth and adults alike. We at NAAF are EXTREMELY excited about this project, as we know first hand how important it is to preserve and document this endangered language.

All of NAAF's wonderful success stories, programs, and events are possible thanks to your generous contributions, and we at NAAF thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Together we are bringing positive change to the GuVo District and Tohono O'odham Nation.

                                                Thank you so much!

NAAF
NAAF's New Language Program is Underway!
Grad Solutions Graduate! Congratulations!
Grad Solutions Graduate! Congratulations!
GED Grad! Way to Go!
GED Grad! Way to Go!
Our "Little Library" is very popular!
Our "Little Library" is very popular!
One Way to Beat the GuVo Heat
One Way to Beat the GuVo Heat

Dear Friends,

It's summertime in GuVo, and that means it's hot! Not just a little hot, REALLY hot. Temperatures have already reached over 110 degrees, and it's regularly over 100 this time of year. Though we are used to the heat, it's not much fun for kids to play in heat like that, and it can be very dangerous. Dehydration and heat stroke can be life-threatening, not to mention the snakes, scorpions, gila monsters, and other beautiful but dangerous creatures that we share the beautiful Sonoran Desert with. 

Luckily, NAAF has a solution! It's time again for our Summer Adventure Program! This will be our 8th year running the program, and we are proud to report that we have full enrollment at 45 students this year. This year, as in previous years, 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 we are very excited to be starting a new O'odham Language Program during the Summer Adventure Program, which will be run by certified O'odham instructors.

Enrolled students will continue to be academically challenged during the summer months, in addition to having fun cooling off in the pool, taking fun and educational field trips, eating free, healthy and delicious meals each day, and playing games and sports. This program is so important to the kids and parents of the GuVo District. Summer is a difficult time, with the heat, and no school. Keeping kids active and engaged isn't easy. Thanks to your help, NAAF is able to provide the vital resources that this wonderful community needs. Thank you so much from all of us at NAAF. We truly appreciate all that you do!

With gratitude,

Jeremy Paxton

Shade is a desert dweller
Shade is a desert dweller's best friend!
NAAF loves our volunteers!
NAAF loves our volunteers!
Toka! A traditional Tohono O
Toka! A traditional Tohono O'odham game

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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!
Volunteers help out after Hurricane Rosa
Volunteers help out after Hurricane Rosa

Happy Holidays from NAAF!

When the rainfall from Hurricane Rosa produced "unprecedented levels of flooding on the Tohono O’odham Nation (TON), particularly in the vicinity of the Menagers Dam Community," the community pulled together and provided help where help was needed. NAAF would like to express our gratitude to all of the volunteers who donated their time and services to help out after this devastating storm.  

  • An incredible 119 volunteers 
  • 89 TON employee volunteers
  • 56 homes, or approximately 70 individuals, were evacuated from the area by either GuVo District Administration, Red Cross, or personal vehicle
  • NAAF served a total of 95 meals to evacuees and volunteers
  • The Store, which is the only grocery center in the area, was able to provide water, food, and other supplies to evacuation centers 


The Pia Oik Community now has its own After-School Program!

NAAF recently assisted Pia Oik Community in establishing their own after-school program! This new program runs Monday – Thursday from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM. 15 students attend the program, which is run by 5 parent volunteers all trained by NAAF staff. The students are served a snack and enjoy arts & crafts and outdoor games.

Recent NAAF Sponsored Community Events!

 NAAF aims to provide frequent, fun, substance-free family events at no cost to the community or participants. Through close collaborations with The Store, volunteers, and Tribal organizations, NAAF is able to encourage community engagement, substance awareness, and health and wellness. Below are a few of our recent events: 

  • Burgers & Bingo (November 9th)
    • Over 80 participants and 15 community volunteers
    • Complimentary bingo with prizes and drawing for grocery credit to The Store
    • "Burger Deal" at The Store
    • NAAF provided free transportation
  • GuVo District Day (November 17th)
    • 150 visitors to NAAF's booth
    • 3 turkeys and 1 ham were raffled off by NAAF
    • Fun Run/Walk to promote fitness
    • Traditional Games, entertainment, and GuVo Royalty announcements (pictured)
  • HOPP 3-Mile Fun Run (November 30th)
    • Hosted in recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month
    • 47 Participants & 7 volunteers
    • 47 meals and snacks served
    • NAAF provided free transportation
  • Hamburgers & Holidays with Santa! (Saturday, December 8th)
    • Free hot chocolate, face painting, and pictures with Santa and his friends
    • Santa brought a surprise for each child
    • "Burger Deal" at The Store
    • NAAF provided free transportation
Piak Oik ASP!
Piak Oik ASP!
Christmas in GuVo!
Christmas in GuVo!
NAAF donated 251 books to San Simon School!
NAAF donated 251 books to San Simon School!

NAAF's 2018 Summer Adventure Program was a blast! 

NAAF has officially wrapped up its 7th annual Summer Adventure Program (SAP). The SAP operates in June and July, and gives the kids in GuVo a safe, fun place to stay out of the heat (temperatures soar over 100 degrees regularly), stay scholastically engaged, and have some great adventures! This year the kids participated in the Truck of Love, visited educational sites like The Children's Museum in Tucson, and also got to have some fun at Get Air and Amazing Jakes. A meal and a snack are served each day during the program. This year, NAAF served 400 snacks and 382 meals to the 30 students enrolled in the program.

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. Also incorporated are the teaching and development of traditional Tohono O’odham art, handcrafts, language, gardening, and cultural history.

Congratulations 2018 Interns on a Job Well Done!

Session 1 of NAAF’s internship program has concluded. During the past 6 months, interns have received job training with both NAAF and The Store. On the last day of the program, GuVo community members gathered to celebrate their achievements. Interns gave speeches about all they had learned and accomplished throughout their internship.

“[NAAF] taught me to never stop learning because life never stops teaching. I have learned a lot like strong communication skills, basic computer skills, how data entry works and how to keep reports…before I felt like there was nothing out here for me, but when I started to help out it felt good being a part of a team rather than alone… No matter how tough life gets, never give up!”  – NAAF Intern

Grad Solutions Program Expansion

Through a partnership with Grad Solutions, a private online school that allows students to complete their high school education and graduate with a diploma, NAAF offers classes online. Over the last 3 years, NAAF’s Graduate Solutions program has operated at capacity with 11 enrolled students as well as a waiting list. Eager to meet the demand for adult education opportunities, NAAF has worked diligently to secure funding for additional laptops and E-learning materials. Thanks to our donors and partnerships with Tohono O’odham Utility Authority and GuVo District, NAAF is happy to report that the program’s capacity will more than double in 2019!

Former NAAF Students Head to College

Two of NAAF’s former after-school students have officially begun their freshman year at Tohono O’odham Community College. Both girls remain actively involved with NAAF and the GuVo community. One will pursue a degree in Liberal Arts while the other intends to obtain a degree in Early Childhood Education. We are incredibly proud of their achievements and look forward to their continued success and impact on the Tohono O’odham Nation!

 

Thank you so much for all you do to help us keep these vital programs up and running! Your kind donations are what make it possible!

 

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Native American Advancement Foundation

Location: Tucson, AZ - USA
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Jeremy Paxton
Tucson, AZ United States
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