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Keep Native American Students Engaged this Summer

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Only 24.6% of the Tohono O'odham workforce is employed. Help raise this number through educating tribal youth.

On the Tohono O'odham Reservation, located in Arizona, 50.6% of children under the age of 18 live below the poverty line. Fewer than half of O'odham adults have completed high school, which represents the lowest rate among all Native American tribes. Per capita income is estimated at $6,998. Clearly, the Tribe is suffering.

The Native American Advancement Foundation's (NAAF) Academic Summer Adventure Camp is designed to seamlessly combine fun with education, health and wellness, and adventure. The program focuses on lessons in research, math, science, reading, and health education. Many of these lessons are delivered through Kahn Academy, an online program providing high-quality education. Field trips also play a big role. For many of these kids, a trip to educational facilities like Biosphere 2 or the Pima Air and Space Museum is the first time they have traveled off the reservation. NAAF encourages learning and curiosity amongst Native American youth in order to break the vicious cycle of poverty through education.

You can help. Just $10 sends one Native American youth to NAAF's Academic Summer Enrichment Camp for one week.

Report from the Field

June 2016

"Molly is a regular at the Native American Advancement Foundation's (NAAF) academic after-school program. During summer's lull, we close down the after-school program and hold our Academic Summer Adventure Camp for the months of June and July. Molly was there for the last day of the after-school program and the first day of academic summer camp. Molly went into our 2015 Academic Summer Adventure having just completed the 2nd grade, but her reading and writing levels were still at a 1st grade level. Molly worked hard with her tutors for the length of camp and made great progress. Of course, we didn't know how great her progress was until she entered 3rd grade. It makes us incredibly proud to report that Molly is now among the top students in her class due to her dedication and hard work through our Summer and after-school programs."


The Native American Advancement Foundation was formed to assist and promote research based, community driven, sustainable development throughout the Tohono O'odham Reservation located in Arizona. Through our efforts, we are strengthening Native American communities by supporting, promoting, and providing programs in the areas of education, health and wellness, and opening economic opportunities on the Reservation.

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