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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

Happy New Year from all of us at NAAF!

 

The I:mig Project

Many Indigenous languages throughout the world are endangered or in peril of going extinct. The O'odham language, though still spoken by many elders and some young people, is one of those languages. NAAF was created to meet the needs of the GuVo and Tohno O'odham communities. One of the needs consistently voiced by the community is for the preservation and documentation of the O'odham language, with a focus on the dialects of the western districts. To that end, NAAF has begun work on the I:mig Project, which will not only preserve and document the language but will also provide lessons to the community, including in NAAF's After-School and Summer Adventure Programs. 

The GuVo Food Sovereignty Project

The smiling kids in the picture above are the NAAF Young Gardners, and they are super excited about NAAF's new GuVo Food Sovereignty Project! The GuVo Food Sovereignty project will address food sovereignty and environmental management based on Tohono O’odham agricultural heritage and contemporary approaches. This policy will expand choices for community members to access and cultivate healthy food. The policy focuses on four main areas: youth education and sustenance, irrigation, family gardens, and development of a district farm. Food sovereignty, community health, and environmental sustainability are the main policy issues. As O’odham people, our range for policy is not 10 or 20 years, but 50, 100 years and beyond. We are developing a comprehensive policy based on the himdag (culture).

Virtual Learning Center VLC

The GuVo District is a rural area in southwestern Arizona, and its remote location combined with pervasive poverty in the area makes it difficult for many in the community to access the internet. Many adults in GuVo and nearby districts have expressed a desire to earn their high school diploma or GED, but that can be a big challenge without internet access. Through NAAF's Virtual Learning Center (VLC), those adults can now access the internet, earn their GED through NAAF's GED program, or earn their diploma through Grad Solutions, who partners with NAAF to help students complete their high school education and graduate. 

GuVo Academic After-School Program (ASP)

2019 marks the 8th year of NAAF's ASP, and the program now serves more students than ever. NAAF now operates 2 ASP programs, one at the Al Jek Recreation Center in Ali Chuk Village on the southern end of the District, and one in GuVo Village on the northern end. This allows students from villages on either side of the District to receive the help they need to do well in school, the food they need to stay healthy and focused, and the cultural lessons that are so important in preserving the O'odham language and culture, or himdag. The community, especially students and their parents, rely on NAAF's afterschool programs, and NAAF is proud of the positive difference their programs make for GuVo.

All of the wonderful projects and programs that NAAF brings to GuVo are only possible because of you and your donations. Together we are making a big difference in the lives of many. Thank you!

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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's New Language Program is Underway!
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!
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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's best friend!
Shade is a desert dweller's best friend!
NAAF loves our volunteers!
NAAF loves our volunteers!
Toka! A traditional Tohono O'odham game
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!
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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!
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Native American Advancement Foundation

Location: Tucson, AZ - USA
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