Our 2023 Student Honorees
Grace K. Pimentel
Gabriel Faulkner Jr.
Lumbee Tribe / Shoshone Bannock Tribes
Abrianna L. Pingleton
Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians
AIR Programs proudly announces our 2023 Student Honorees chosen based on their academic merit, their contribution to community, participation within AIR projects and their ability to inspire others. Each of these honorees exemplifies these characteristics and more. We will honor each of our Awardees on Oct.19, 2023 at our 30th Annual Awards and Fundraiser Banquet.
Eshpaa H. Leo-Saavedra
Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel
Joel Pete Jr.
Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
AIR Annual Awards and Fundraising Banquet ~ 2023
October 19th, 2023
30 years of Service for our Southern California Native Communities
We wanted to thank all the attendees that came to our event. Congrats to our Honorees!
AIR Summer '19
About AIR Programs
Our mission is to promote higher education among the Native youth community.
Created in 1993, the AIR Program has continuously served our San Diego American Indian community and Native youth through our after-school mentoring programs. In 2002, the AIR program was incorporated as a non-profit organization in response to low educational attainment among our Native youth. We have developed our mission as "the promotion and success of American Indians within education."
The AIR program uses a “Teaching through Culture” model where Native youth learn about their culture and issues affecting their tribal communities. They contemplate the root causes and deliberate possible solutions with the help of college mentors (native and non-native) on many of these issues.