Native American Education Program Special Events
Freshman and New Student Orientation Nights
Please refer to your calendar for exact dates and plan to attend the orientation where your student goes to school. A reception will follow. New students will be provided a school backpack with school supplies.
Please be prepared to complete Title VII 506 forms and the JOM 305 forms. Bring your your Certificate of Indian Blood or your child’s CIB.
Spend a day at Alhambra High School with colleges, universities, and tribal scholarship representatives from various Indian agencies. Learn what they each offer in terms of programs, financial aid, grants and scholarships, and other opportunities for Native American students.
High school seniors should attend—don’t wait until April or May before applying for college admission or scholarships. Lunch is provided.
Native Youth Culture Day
Meet Native artisans and others including potters, jewelry makers, Indian and Piki bread makers, drummers, public relations representatives, and many more. Food will be catered.
The day is designed to bring together Native American students and immediate family members and recognize unique Native arts, skills, and intellectual traditions maintained for centuries. Embedded in Native arts are symbols of life’s teachings and stories—please join us for a day of socializing, learning, and paying tribute to our Native teachers.
Our Native American advisors sponsor two family nights at each school. We encourage students and parents to work closely with their advisors to plan successful family nights—please refer to the calendar to determine when your school is scheduled to hold your family nights.
After School Intervention and Support
Currently offered at Betty Fairfax, Cesar Chavez and Central high schools. Using the collection of memoirs Wolfkiller, students are given exemplary stories as models for their final narratives. Students gain real-world journalism skills such as note-taking, question-writing, interviewing, quoting, the writing process, and publishing. Esteemed guest speakers/teachers increase student engagement and add depth.
After acquiring these skills, students apply their project-based learning by designing a magazine for publication. They present their magazine and portfolios to a community audience including family, peers, teachers, and community leaders.
Hoop of Learning and ACE Programs
Phoenix Union offers these programs with Maricopa Community Colleges (MCC). Students and parents are encouraged to maintain contacts with advisors at their school sites for special recruitment schedules usually made for the MCC HOL/ACE. Note that the advisors are assigned to multiple school sites and are not always available at one campus—we advise you to call them before going on campus. You also can call the main Native American Education Program office at 602-764-1350.
Refer to your calendar for Title VII Parent Advisory Committee and Indian Education Committee meetings. Note that meetings will be sponsored by different schools between October and April. Please turn out for these meetings and help plan them with your advisor to make them successful. Potlucks, games, and special presentations will be part of each meeting.