NAYA’s Ninth Grade Counts is a yearlong mentorship program that starts with a summer camp for students to explore and learn about high school, college, and beyond. The two-week, no-cost hybrid summer camp provides an opportunity for soon-to-be ninth grade students to get a jump start on their journey into high school.
Students will review high school graduation requirements, explore college and career possibilities, and gain new academic skills while learning about Native American art, teachings, and science. Students will also be introduced to college and university students and staff, and learn about careers from Native professionals.
Students may receive .5 high school elective credit and may complete one Career Related Learning Experience (a graduation requirement for many students) during the summer camp.