Do Not Let The Summer Go By Without Enhancing Your Skillset

February 6, 2024

Greetings, students, families, and community members. As we approach the summer break, I want to emphasize the incredible value that summer programs can bring to our Native American students here at the Hopi Jr/Sr High School. While our community may face limitations in access to certain opportunities, summer programs stand as a gateway to a world of growth, learning, and development. In this blog post, I want to highlight the importance of summer programs and the diverse array of opportunities they offer, including those in STEM, healthcare, and even unexpected avenues like golfing. Let’s not forget that some of us were lost as we approached graduation and were able to overcome many obstacles with the help of these summer programs.

1. Exploring STEM Programs:

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields are integral to our rapidly advancing world. Yet, for many Native American students, access to quality STEM education and resources may be limited. Summer STEM programs provide an avenue to bridge this gap. These programs offer hands-on experiences, exposure to cutting-edge technologies, and mentorship from industry professionals. By participating in such programs, our students not only enhance their academic skills but also ignite a passion for innovation and problem-solving. Whether it’s coding, robotics, or environmental science, the possibilities are endless, and the impact profound. We always strive to increase our STEM knowledge and encourage our youth do the same.

2. Pursuing Healthcare Opportunities:

In many Native American communities, access to healthcare professionals and resources can be scarce. However, the demand for healthcare professionals continues to grow nationwide, not to mention the fact that we have the unique opportunities for the IHS scholarships along with the IHS loan repayment program. This is where summer programs focusing on healthcare can make a significant difference. Whether it’s shadowing doctors, volunteering at clinics, or participating in medical research projects, these programs provide invaluable exposure to the healthcare field. Our students not only gain insight into various healthcare careers but also contribute meaningfully to addressing health disparities within our communities. By nurturing the next generation of healthcare professionals, we empower our community to take charge of its well-being.

3. Unforeseen Opportunities in Golfing:

While golfing may seem like an unexpected inclusion, it presents unique opportunities for our students. Golfing is more than just a sport; it teaches discipline, focus, and strategic thinking—skills that transcend the golf course and apply to various aspects of life. Additionally, golfing scholarships and opportunities abound, providing a pathway to higher education for talented individuals. By participating in golfing summer programs, our students not only develop athletic prowess but also unlock doors to academic and career success they may not have considered before. While we may not have lush golf courses on our land, not to mention we may have never handled a golf club, we have unique opportunities to help us learn these skills.

In Conclusion:

Summer programs offer a transformative experience for Native American students, opening doors to new possibilities and horizons. Whether it’s delving into STEM, exploring healthcare careers, or discovering unexpected passions like golfing, these programs enrich our students’ lives and equip them with the skills and confidence to succeed. As a counselor, I encourage all our students to seize these opportunities, to embrace the journey of growth and discovery, and to chart a course towards a brighter future. Together, let us harness the power of summer programs to uplift our community and cultivate a generation of leaders, innovators, and changemakers. Let’s make this summer one of exploration, learning, and endless possibilities.

Please reach out to our staff for additional information and/or help applying for any of these summer programs. We may also be able to direct you to a couple organizations who can help with application fees or other unforeseen costs associated with attending summer programs.


List of Summer Programs