Summer Scholars Outreach Program

The Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians has sought a rigorous science-oriented teaching opportunity for our tribal youth for several years.  Recently, this need has been emphasized as we find that our children are often unable to meet the science and math criteria for the federal guidelines of “No Child Left Behind”, jeopardizing high school diplomas and severely limiting job opportunities in their adult life.

 We have also seen how few of our young adults attend college, let alone obtain degrees.  We know that the thought of leaving rural life here for the intimidating unknown of city life at college, can be overwhelming and we seek ways to make them comfortable with the thought of entering another culture.

 While working with the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals’ (ITEP) Environmental Education Outreach Program at Northern Arizona University during our tribal environmental youth activities this past winter, we learned of the Summer Scholars program offered to tribal schools in northern Arizona.  Our reservation population is too small to support our own schools so our children attend classes’ off-reservation in the nearest community which, owing to local sentiment, does little to encourage an environmental ethic.

 This program is scheduled for the summer months and our target age is 7th & 8th graders.

We will be posting 2009 dates and any interest tribal members need to call our department for more information.