Girls’ Voices ignites girls’ power with digital media storytelling – amplified by a community of supporters who believe that the world benefits when every girl completes her education.
Jessica's School is a collaboration with Jessica Canez, who is a second-grade teacher at Rivera Elementary School. Rivera is an underserved public school in Tucson, Arizona. NAAF helps to supplement Jessica's classroom with S.T.E.M, curriculum, books, and supplies.
The Summer Science Academy at Biosphere 2 is a unique educational experience unlike anything else in the world. Middle and High School students interested in earth and ecosystem sciences, collaboration, and leadership development attend a week at the iconic Biosphere 2 research facility. With the support of our sponsors, NAAF helps provide student scholarships to underserved Arizona youth.
Wildcat Writers facilitates learning partnerships between the UA Writing Program and local high school students residing on the Tohono O’odham Nation. Wildcat Writers is a network of high school students and college writing teachers and students who collaborate to foster creative and critical literacies and engage in meaningful community-based action beyond the classroom. This program constructs college access pathways for underrepresented students.
NAAF is thrilled to be a First Nations contributor to the University of Arizona’s HiRise Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Tribal Historians and Cultural Elders in conjunction with youth and community help promote the study of Mars by helping translate photographic titles and text into our Tohono O’odham language.
SAN SIMON'S SCHOOL
A Bureau of Indian Education School (B.I.E.) located on the West Side of the Tohono O’odham Nation serving some of the most at-risk K-8 students. NAAF helps sponsor the girl’s athletic teams, the Gifted and Talented Program, the School Garden, and S.T.E.M. activities.
Higher Ground, located in Tucson, Arizona provides services that invest in the mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and physical health of youth and families.
TRUCK OF LOVE
TOTAL Summer Camp is a collaborative effort with a long history. A small group of 9 volunteers first arrived in the village of Pisinemo in 1987 to run a summer camp for children with few opportunities. The camp has grown from 70 children to over 200 children in the southernmost part of the Reservation, the poorest and most remote part of the land. During camp, the children engage in craft and sports activities and food is provided for two full meals each day. Today, Tohono O’odham members work the camp and take leadership roles. All youth are welcome to participate in the camp.
The O'odham in Mexico are enrolled members of the Tohono O'odham Tribe living south of the Mexico border
and have a population of 1,400. The homeland of the Tohono O'odham Nation was split in two with the Gadsen Purchase back in 1853. With very limited resources, opportunities are nearly impossible for the O'odham of Mexico. NAAF donates toys, books, and "Jolly Friends" to the community of Quitovac for their children during the Christmas season spreading holiday cheer.