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Out of School Time Learning

NACA provides a free, quality enrichment program to students in the after-school hours from 3:40-5:00pm (5:30pm daylight savings) on a trimester basis. Students have an opportunity to choose from small group clubs, large group activities and field trips.

 The mission of the Out of School Time (OST) learning program is to create an environment that is safe, supports learning opportunities, promotes personal growth, and builds relationships. Through OST, students and adults are engaged in effective communication and positive interaction that fosters critical thinkers and leaders.   The program draws on the NACA Core Values as the foundation for out-of-school time, providing a bridge between those experiences and in-school learning.

To implement OST programs, NACA partners with the Community Learning and Public Service (CLPS) program’s Tribal Service Corps at UNM in addition to other community-based partners and NACA teachers.   CLPS places college students at NACA to serve as activity club teachers, and to offer tutoring and mentoring designed to help students prepare for their future and keep them in touch with their past.     All of the OST programs are designed to be fun, informative and stimulating, to foster positive relationships and build student skills and confidence.

Out of School Time Learning Activities

  •  NACA Martial Arts Program. The mission of this club is to create a martial arts-based program for middle and high school students that improves self-confidence, builds multicultural understanding and creates a passion for learning. Founded and led by Head Instructor, Jeremy “Jay” Oyenque, students are introduced to the global world of the martial arts through traditional martial arts classes, videos and readings, and the students’ favorite, guest instructors. Classes include boxing, Muay Thai, and Jiu-jitsu to name a few, with teachings, training techniques, and instructors with a background in a wide variety of martial arts and sports.
  •  Alternative Films Club (AFC). The AFC offers a great opportunity for students to move out of the cultural mainstream. With a focus on foreign language films, documentaries, and independent movies that students might otherwise never see at a local theater, the movie selection promotes critical thinking about other cultures, countries, world events, and cinema itself.   During every club meeting, students lead and participate in reflective discussions concerning the movie and any relevant themes that they present.   The Alternative Films Club is all about diversity and the critical approach to films that requires the students to connect on a level that takes them beyond the typical Hollywood movie experience.
  • Eagles Path Mentoring Program. NACA’s school-based mentoring program is aimed at developing relationships between adults and youth that provide youth support in all aspects of their young lives and personal development. The guided relationships focus on increasing self-esteem, improving relationships with peers, parents and teachers and changing perspectives about school and learning. Partnering with First Nations Community Health Source, Eagle’s Path aligns with NACA’s core values of holistic well-being as well as integrating academic support and weekly experiential education activities.
  • Homework Help. NACA strives to prepare and support students to be successful academically through ongoing communication with parents, staff and advisors. The OST Learning program at NACA offers space for students to complete class assignments and receive academic tutoring. Volunteers and community partners serve as tutors, mentors and facilitators in homework help. Students can participate through self-referral or parent, teacher and advisor referral.
  •  VSA Art Club. Through a partnership with VSA North Fourth Art Center, NACA offers an afterschool club focusing on professional portfolio production and presentation. Students work in the mediums of their choice; these include but are not limited to digital photography, drawing, painting, mixed media and printmaking. The emphasis is on students making work that is relevant to their own lives. Three types of ongoing workshops are available: production workshops, gallery/museum visits, and installation workshops. Student work is compiled annually, and presented at VSA North Fourth Art Center as part of their annual Two Worlds Festival held in September.
  • The Comic Book Club is an OST club for high school students which boldly goes where no comic book club has gone before.  Recent activities have included March Madness/Good vs. Evil debates, Free Comic Book Day 2009, 24 Hour Comic Book Day 2009, and traveling to UNM to hear relevant speakers.  The club’s current goal is to work on a trip to ComiCon in California.
  • Softball Club. The Softball Club is a great opportunity for middle school and high school age girls to learn the basic skills to play softball in a structured environment.   The club is designed to get girls familiar with the rules and dynamics in order to build a more competitive program in the future.   In this club, girls learn about commitment, teamwork, dedication as well as hard work through the academic and behavioral requirements that are required to participate in the club.   Students also learn about personal responsibility and team accountability in order to form a cohesive team unit that promotes NACA pride and core values.
  •  Field Trips. Field trips are exciting way for students to become more deeply engaged in a particular academic topic, cultural experience, and community and feast celebrations. Examples of fieldtrips include the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, camping and hiking trips, snowboarding, museum visits, and much more.
  • Rock’n Nation. Previously known as the NACA Powwow Club, Rock’n Nation is a Northern drum group who sings primarily (but not exclusively) Lakota songs that they have learned from their mentor and teacher, Mr. Anpao Duta Flying Earth. Ms. Whisper C.K. also assists with Rock’n Nation working with the Rock’n Nation young ladies in their talents of singing and beading. Rock’n Nation consists of a powwow dancers, traditional and contemporary artists, as well as singers whose learned songs extend across an extensive genre of powwow, Native American Church, traditional Pueblo ways, round dance and most recently, traditional hand games.
  •  Sweet Nations. This is a girls group dedicated to young NACA women where they can learn, share, confide, and build a sister-community within the school. Activities include beadwork, sewing, traditional and contemporary gardening and cooking, as well as improving healthy communication, self-esteem, and community-building skills. This group is student-driven and facilitated by the girls themselves. The group assists our young women in improving their sense of ownership and belonging at the school, as well as strengthening their leadership and mentorship skills. The young women identify what it is they desire and need to further their personal development. Sweet Nations is open to the community, particularly native women and girls of all ages (mothers, grandmothers, aunties, cousins, and community members at large!) who would like to contribute their help, teachings, knowledge, and other support. If there are male members in our community who would like to help in some way and support our young women, they are also welcome.   If you would like to work with Sweet Nations in some way, please contact Ms. Whisper at 505.266.0992.


OST Learning Outcomes

  • Increase literacy and math skills
  • Apply the NACA wellness philosophy to students’ daily lives
  • Increase understanding of identity and culture
  • Establish health relationships with adults/mentors


For more information about the Out of School Time Learning Program please contact our office on (505) 266-0992 x26 and x27.

Shannon Douma, OST Learning Director, sdouma@nacaschool.org