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The American Indian
Recruitment
Programs

Serving the San Diego American Indian
Community for over 28 years

We are honored to announce our 2021 Student Leadership Awardees
 

Ms. Makayla G. Hernandez (Pechanga Band of of Luiseno Indians)

Ms. Jayden R. Chaloux (San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians)

Mr. Ihpaa S. Martinez (San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians)

 

Mentor Leadership Awardee

Ms. Jennifer Rodriguez (Tule River Tribe)

They are recognized for their outstanding achievement within our AIR Programs and their academic success and pursuit of higher education.

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Makayla H.

Student Leadership Awardee

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Jayden C. 

Student Leadership Awardee

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Jennifer R.

Mentor Leadership Awardee

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Ihpaa M. 

Student Leadership Awardee

AIR Awards and Fundraiser Banquet

November 4th, 2021 at Rincon Harrah's Resort and Casino

Thanking everyone for their support of our honorees and our AIR Programs. This year marks our 28th year of continuous service to our Native Communities in Southern California.  We thank our collaborative partners; the Intertribal Court of Southern California, the University of California San Diego, San Diego State University, participating Tribal Education Centers and all the mentors/coordinators that have put in so much of their time and work in helping our Native Youth.  

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AIR Programs Honors Project

Creating opportunities for our Native and Tribal Communities.

Making A Positive Impact. Together.

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AIYEC

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Summer
Programs

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Honors
Project

Now on Sale
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Scholarships

Now on Sale
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AIR Tutorial

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Fundraising

Now on Sale
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AIR: By The Numbers

Community Impact

2500

Students Served in 28 Years

Representation

40

Tribal Nations Represented

500

Goal

1

Goal of Pursuing Higher Education

Mentors in 28 Years

 

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.

AIR Summer '19

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