Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Wed, April 08

Hopi Education Endowment Fund gives $10,000 to educational organizations

HOPI, Ariz. - The Hopi Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) recently gave more than $10,000 in IMAGINE grants to organizations that include a structured educational program that provided activities that support the needs, goals and programs of the Hopi Tribe.

HEEF Executive Director LuAnn Leonard said she was glad HEEF could once again commit resources to fund educational programs that will benefit the Hopi Tribe.

"What's most exciting is that these programs are developed with the needs of our communities and also place Hopi cultural values and knowledge at the forefront," she said.

Leonard added that through continued support from donors, HEEF will be able to fund future educational programs.

The following programs received money from HEEF through the 2015 HEEF IMAGINE grant program:

Adventures for Hopi

Adventures for Hopi (A4H) is an emerging developmental adventure recreation program that caters to Hopi and Tewa youth on Hopi. A4H uses outdoor education/recreation and service learning as a medium for cultural preservation, community based social change and environmental stewardship.

The organization revolves around three major initiatives which make up their overall program structure: outdoor school, service of adventure and training/mentorship.

All initiatives include five core components: health, development, opportunity, service and education. These areas are used with adventure pursuits that include climbing, hiking, backpacking, rafting and canyoneering. Service learning projects will be coordinated closely with the Hopi communities. More information is available from Marshall Masayesva at mmmasayesva@gmail.com.

Sun Camping on the Mesa

The Sun Camping on the Mesa energy camps, will provide Hopi youth the opportunity to experiment with photovoltaics or solar energy. The program

includes practical science, technology, engineering and math using basic electric circuitry and solar energy technology as a means to encourage youth to pursue an electrical trade or engineering major in college.

More information is available from Deb Tewa at tewa.tes@gmail.com.

The Nakwatsvewat Institute - Hopi Mediation Training

The Nakwatsvewat Institute's Hopi Dispute Resolution Services will offer "Introduction to Basic Hopi Mediation" training, teaching participants mediation skills. These skills can be used by participants as professional mediators for the Hopi community.

More information is available from Susan Secakuku at susan@nakwatsvewat.org or at www.nakwatsvewat.org.

HEEF is a non-profit entity of the Hopi Tribe. More information about HEEF is available at (928) 734-2275 or via e-mail at heef@hopieducationfund.org, or at www.hopieducationfund.org

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