The NAYA Ninth Grade Counts Summer Program is a four-week, no-cost program that gives soon to be ninth-grade-students an opportunity to get a jump start on their journey into high school. This online summer camp is for 8th Graders going into 9th Grade in the 2021-22 school year.
Students meet Monday–Thursday to review high school requirements, explore college and career possibilities, and gain new academic skills while learning about Native American art and teachings.
During camp, students will connect with college representatives, Native college students, and Native professionals. Once it is safe to be in community, students will be able to attend an overnight trip to a college campus. When camp is over, students will continue to be connected to the NAYA College & Career Center. Students will be able to ask for support and attend any workshops, college visits, or gatherings by the CCC.
This program’s goal is to support students and help them develop the skills that allow them to think about their future and plan for it—particularly as they make a successful transition into high school.
Students may receive .5 high school elective credit (if student completes summer project) may complete one career-related learning experience (a graduation requirement for many high schools) during the summer program. Students entering 9th grade in the fall are eligible to enroll.
Session 1: Tuesday, July 6 – Friday, July 16 (Deadline has passed.)
Session 2: July 26 – August 6
If student is unable to attend either Session 1 or 2 and would still like yearlong mentorship, there is a selection option on the application for this.