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Youth work on their art projects during the after school program at the Recreation Department.

After-School Programs for Students

By Sheila Begay
Au-Authm Action News

Are you looking for some programs or services that can help keep your child busy after school? No worries, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has a variety of options for parents and guardians who reside within the Community, and some programs are open to non-Community members as well. These programs provide youth with support and intervention services on a case-by-case basis, as well as offering a place to hang out and fun activities and things to do.
Here are some of the youth programs offered within the Community:

Youth Services After-School Program
The classroom for this program is located in Building 11 on the SRPMIC Campus, between the Cultural Resources Department and Housing Division. The program runs Monday through Friday (every other Friday is an office day for staff) from 3 to 9 p.m. and serves youth ages 5 to 18 residing in the Community, whether they are enrolled Community members or from another Native American tribe. Currently there are some openings.

Transportation to group room sites or group activities is provided, healthy snacks are promoted, participants experience one-on-one time with staff and group members, homework time is encouraged, traditional language and culture are implemented into activities, and staff strives to build good relationships with each child’s parents/guardians. This allows the program to promote family unity and culture, which is a priority.

“We collaborate with Youth Services. [Some upcoming events include,] a language class every other session, a family night every quarter, a haunted house in October and helping with the fall carnival in October as well,” said Lian D’Avignon, Youth Services Supervisor, After School. “We’re trying to create a good positive environment and give [youth] many opportunities, that way they have that foundation and structure.”

For more information, contact the Youth Services After-School Program at (480) 362-6390.

Recreation After-School Program
The SRPMIC Recreation Department offers two programs in different locations.
The Lehi after-school program is held at the Lehi Community Building and runs Monday through Thursday, 2:30 to 5 p.m. (1:15 to 5 p.m. on early release days). This program is offered to the students who attend Lehi Elementary School (grades K-6) and are from the Lehi community. Currently, this program does have some openings.

The Salt River after-school program is located at the Recreation Center on Longmore and McDowell. It runs Monday through Thursday, 3:15 to 5 p.m. (1:15 to 5 p.m. on early release days). This program is offered to the students who attend Salt River Elementary School and Noah Webster-Pima Campus (grades K-6). Transportation will be provided for students coming from both Salt River Elementary School and Noah Webster-Pima Campus.

Both of these programs provide services for the youth on a case-by-case basis. Activities include homework time, gym games, culture, science projects, arts and crafts, and fun field trips. The Salt River after-school program is currently running at capacity; there are no openings at this time.

“For both programs, we’re putting more of an emphasis on culture. We’ve been working closely with the [Cultural Resources Department] to train our staff. [For example,] ideas, projects or games that incorporate the language more or even using simple commands like ‘get in line’ [translated into either language],” said Teresa Masayesva, Social Program Supervisor.

For more information, contact the Recreation Department at (480) 362-6360 or visit www.srpmic-nsn.gov/government/recreation/social.asp.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale has two locations serving the Community, the Lehi Branch and the Red Mountain Branch. They both are open to girls and boys ages 6-18, with separate programming for teens. Both branches provide positive places for kids and emphasize five core program areas: Education and Career Development, Character and Leadership Development, Health and Life Skills, the Arts, and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.

The Lehi Branch is located at 1231 E. Oak St. in Mesa, at the corner of Stapley and Oak streets. It has 486 members and offers its own branch programs. Members will find programs that range from after-school programming to the America Reads/America Counts literacy and math tutoring program and a Teen Center where members ages 13-18 have a weight room, pool table and computers for homework use.

Hours of operation: Office, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; After-School Program, 2 to 6 p.m. (youth), 1 to 9 p.m. (Teen Center). For more information on the Lehi branch, call (480) 850-4453 or visit http://lehibranch.bgcs.org/.

The Red Mountain Branch is located at 11889 E. Glenrosa Drive in Scottsdale, near Mesa Drive and Indian School Road. This branch has 270 members and offers its own branch programs. Members will find programs that range from after-school programming to the America Reads/America Counts literacy and math tutoring program and the T.R.A.I.L. Diabetes Prevention Program.

Hours of operation: Office, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; After-School Program, 2 to 6 p.m. (youth), 1 to 9 p.m. (Teen Center). For more information on the Red Mountain branch, call (480) 947-1798 or visit http://redmountainbranch.bgcs.org/.

Recreation Department Teen Program
The Teen Program classroom is located east of the Salt River Recreation Center at the corner of McDowell and Longmore roads. The Teen Program, previously known as the Rallo Baptisto Teen Center, is open to teens ages 13-18 residing in the Community and are enrolled in school, whether they are enrolled Community members or from another Native American tribe. These programs provide services for teens on a case-by-case basis.

Group activities are scheduled twice a month throughout the year. Scheduled events are posted on a monthly calendar for all activities. The offerings include a TV/game room with pool table, foosball, Xbox, PlayStation and other video games.

“It’s a really good program; they do a variety of activities like extreme outdoor adventures, Heard Museum’s First Friday and more. We’ve been implementing culture a lot more, so they’ll be participating in the mesquite pancake breakfast. We encourage the teens to participate in their local cultural activities as well,” said Masayesva. “We’re always looking for new teens that are interested. If you just turned 13, you’re welcome to come over. We have a variety of activities.”
For more information, contact the Teen Center at (480) 994-0923 or visit www.srpmic-nsn.gov/government/recreation/social.asp.

Are you looking for some programs or services that can help keep your child busy after school? No worries, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has a variety of options for parents and guardians who reside within the Community, and some programs are open to non-Community members as well. These programs provide youth with support and intervention services on a case-by-case basis, as well as offering a place to hang out and fun activities and things to do.
Here are some of the youth programs offered within the Community:

Youth Services After-School Program
The classroom for this program is located in Building 11 on the SRPMIC Campus, between the Cultural Resources Department and Housing Division. The program runs Monday through Friday (every other Friday is an office day for staff) from 3 to 9 p.m. and serves youth ages 5 to 18 residing in the Community, whether they are enrolled Community members or from another Native American tribe. Currently there are some openings.

Transportation to group room sites or group activities is provided, healthy snacks are promoted, participants experience one-on-one time with staff and group members, homework time is encouraged, traditional language and culture are implemented into activities, and staff strives to build good relationships with each child’s parents/guardians. This allows the program to promote family unity and culture, which is a priority.

“We collaborate with Youth Services. [Some upcoming events include,] a language class every other session, a family night every quarter, a haunted house in October and helping with the fall carnival in October as well,” said Lian D’Avignon, Youth Services Supervisor, After School. “We’re trying to create a good positive environment and give [youth] many opportunities, that way they have that foundation and structure.”

For more information, contact the Youth Services After-School Program at (480) 362-6390.

Recreation After-School Program
The SRPMIC Recreation Department offers two programs in different locations.
The Lehi after-school program is held at the Lehi Community Building and runs Monday through Thursday, 2:30 to 5 p.m. (1:15 to 5 p.m. on early release days). This program is offered to the students who attend Lehi Elementary School (grades K-6) and are from the Lehi community. Currently, this program does have some openings.

The Salt River after-school program is located at the Recreation Center on Longmore and McDowell. It runs Monday through Thursday, 3:15 to 5 p.m. (1:15 to 5 p.m. on early release days). This program is offered to the students who attend Salt River Elementary School and Noah Webster-Pima Campus (grades K-6). Transportation will be provided for students coming from both Salt River Elementary School and Noah Webster-Pima Campus.

Both of these programs provide services for the youth on a case-by-case basis. Activities include homework time, gym games, culture, science projects, arts and crafts, and fun field trips. The Salt River after-school program is currently running at capacity; there are no openings at this time.

“For both programs, we’re putting more of an emphasis on culture. We’ve been working closely with the [Cultural Resources Department] to train our staff. [For example,] ideas, projects or games that incorporate the language more or even using simple commands like ‘get in line’ [translated into either language],” said Teresa Masayesva, Social Program Supervisor.

For more information, contact the Recreation Department at (480) 362-6360 or visit www.srpmic-nsn.gov/government/recreation/social.asp.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale has two locations serving the Community, the Lehi Branch and the Red Mountain Branch. They both are open to girls and boys ages 6-18, with separate programming for teens. Both branches provide positive places for kids and emphasize five core program areas: Education and Career Development, Character and Leadership Development, Health and Life Skills, the Arts, and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.

The Lehi Branch is located at 1231 E. Oak St. in Mesa, at the corner of Stapley and Oak streets. It has 486 members and offers its own branch programs.

Members will find programs that range from after-school programming to the America Reads/America Counts literacy and math tutoring program and a Teen Center where members ages 13-18 have a weight room, pool table and computers for homework use.

Hours of operation: Office, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; After-School Program, 2 to 6 p.m. (youth), 1 to 9 p.m. (Teen Center). For more information on the Lehi branch, call (480) 850-4453 or visit http://lehibranch.bgcs.org/.

The Red Mountain Branch is located at 11889 E. Glenrosa Drive in Scottsdale, near Mesa Drive and Indian School Road. This branch has 270 members and offers its own branch programs. Members will find programs that range from after-school programming to the America Reads/America Counts literacy and math tutoring program and the T.R.A.I.L. Diabetes Prevention Program.

Hours of operation: Office, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; After-School Program, 2 to 6 p.m. (youth), 1 to 9 p.m. (Teen Center). For more information on the Red Mountain branch, call (480) 947-1798 or visit http://redmountainbranch.bgcs.org/.

Recreation Department Teen Program
The Teen Program classroom is located east of the Salt River Recreation Center at the corner of McDowell and Longmore roads. The Teen Program, previously known as the Rallo Baptisto Teen Center, is open to teens ages 13-18 residing in the Community and are enrolled in school, whether they are enrolled Community members or from another Native American tribe. These programs provide services for teens on a case-by-case basis.

Group activities are scheduled twice a month throughout the year. Scheduled events are posted on a monthly calendar for all activities. The offerings include a TV/game room with pool table, foosball, Xbox, PlayStation and other video games.

“It’s a really good program; they do a variety of activities like extreme outdoor adventures, Heard Museum’s First Friday and more. We’ve been implementing culture a lot more, so they’ll be participating in the mesquite pancake breakfast. We encourage the teens to participate in their local cultural activities as well,” said Masayesva. “We’re always looking for new teens that are interested. If you just turned 13, you’re welcome to come over. We have a variety of activities.”
For more information, contact the Teen Center at (480) 994-0923 or visit www.srpmic-nsn.gov/government/recreation/social.asp.

 

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