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Out of School Time Learning Program (OST)

NACA provides a free, quality enrichment program to students in the before and after-school hours 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.
 
HOURS OF OPERATION: Before school is for Elementary students/ families ONLY M-F 7:30a-8:30am. Middle & High School students must get dropped off at 8:30am, there is no supervision for students who get dropped off before that time.
 
Monday Tuesday  Wednesday Thursday Friday
4:00pm-5:30p 4:00pm-5:30p 4:00pm-5:30p 4:00pm-5:30p 12:30p-4:00pm
 

DAILY STUDENT PICK UP/PROGRAM END TIME/LATE POLICY It is important that you are prompt when picking up your student. Any student who remains on campus after school beyond 5:30pm is considered a late pick-up. All late pick-ups will be documented. A referral will be made to Dean of students, and Head of School for follow up with Parent/Guardian.  After the third occurrence of a late pick up the parents/ guardians will meet with the OST Director and Head of School. Repeated late pick-ups will result in your child being dropped from the program. Please contact OST staff or Ms. Iris in case of emergencies, delays on picking up your child, or anything else that may arise. Pick up time for OST will be 5:30pm (M-TH) and FRIDAY at 4:00p.

OST STAFFING  To implement after-school programs OST has developed close relations with partner organizations outside of NACA. The program is staffed by teachers and staff along with individuals serving as AmeriCorps members through the NACA Inspired Schools Network- Indigenous Educator Corps and Service Corps members through the University of New Mexico (UNM) Community Engagement Center. Staff members are at least 18 years of age with the exception of NACA High School interns, who participate in the junior internship program with Elementary Out-of-School Time.

Meet the OST Staff:

OST Director, Stephanie Yazzie

Stephanie Yazzie

 

Yá’át’ééh, shi éí Stephanie Yazzie yinishyé. Tábaahá nishłį́, Tódich' if' nii bashishchiin, Kinyaa'áanii dashicheii, Tsénjikini dashinalí. Hello, my name is Stephanie Yazzie. I am Diné/Navajo born for Water Edge and Bitter Water clan. My maternal grandfather is born for Towering House. My paternal grandfather is born for Honey Combed Rock or Cliff Dwellers. I am originally from Window Rock, Arizona.

I am NACA's Out of School Time Director and an IEC AmeriCorps alumnus who had the opportunity to continue serving the Indigenous youth community as a start to a new career path. I enjoy outdoor activities, personal & holistic care/beauty, weight lifting/going to the gym, and music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sierra Peterson, OST K-2nd Grade Associate 

Sierra

Yá’át’ééh, Shi éí Sierra Peterson yinishyé, haltsooí nishłí, kinyaa’áanii bashishchiin, ashiihí dashicheii, Dził tł’ahinii dashinalí. Máii tééhyítłizhí déé naashá. Ákot’éego dine asdzáá nishił. 

Hello, my name is Sierra Peterson. I am Meadow people, I’m born for the towering house people, Salt people are my maternal grandfathers and Mountain Cove people are my paternal grandfathers. I am originally from Coyote Canyon, and this is how I am a Navajo lady. Currently, I am pursuing my education in Elementary Education at the University of New Mexico to receive my bachelor’s. I am a college intern with AmeriCorps and serving my time as an out-of-school time associate. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family, go shopping, and play any kind of sport, such as basketball, volleyball, softball, etc

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alexis Garcia, OST 3rd-5th Associate. 

AlexHellO! Everyone! My name is Ms. Alex, I am from the Pueblo of Santa Ana and I am from the eagle clan, my traditional name is Butterfly.🦋I am currently the out-of-school time teacher for 3rd-5th  grades. I have a background in Behavioral Health and worked closely with indigenous youth to spread awareness about Suicide, Bullying, and Opioid addiction amongst native communities. A little bit about who I am outside the classroom is I really enjoy being outdoors in the mountains or near bodies of water. I am always taking pictures and I like providing space for creativity in any aspect of life. I enjoy being active, I am a licensed Zumba instructor, and I enjoy weightlifting and going to the gym. You will always find me dancing and listening to music.

 
 
 
 
Isabel Figueroa, OST Middle/High School Associate

IsabelHola, me llamo Isabel Figueroa, soy Purépecha de por parte de mi abuelo materno, somos de Michoacan, México y la gente que pesca. Hello, my name is Isabel Figueroa, I am Purepecha by way of my maternal grandfather, and we are from Michoacan, Mexico, and we are fishermen. I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, daughter to a Mexican mother and Dominican father. I graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. I am also an intern with AmeriCorp and the Indigenous Educator Corp, serving my time as one of the middle school teachers for the out-of-school time program. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my puppies and my partner. I also enjoy practicing photography, poetry, and spending time at the park in the sun.

 

Erin Sherman, OST Middle/High School Associate. 

 ErinUuŋa Masinġa Suli Ooġalaq, Suli Kaina, Naluaŋmuitun Erin Sherman. Siqnasuaŋmiuruŋa Unalakleet. Uvaŋa Iñupiat. I am Erin Sherman and I am from Unalakleet, Alaska. I am Iñupiaq. I am new to Albuquerque and thankful for the opportunity to work with all these wonderful kids. I love hiking, swimming, weight lifting, aerial Lyra, spending time with my family and music. 

 

 

ELEMENTARY K-5
Parents/ Guardians must complete an enrollment form to secure a spot for their student. Spots are limited and will be honored on a first come first serve basis. Families will receive a confirmation email or phone call once an enrollment form is received and an email with more information regarding daily operations, procedures & protocols will be sent.
 
Elementary OST will officially start on Monday, August 21, 2023
 
MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL 6-12
We will start taking enrollment forms on Monday, August 28, 2023. Please continue to check back for MS/HS OST Enrollment forms. 
 
Middle/High School OST will officially start on Tuesday, September 5, 2023.
OST Program Director
Stephanie Yazzie
[email protected]
 
OST Elementary Associate K-2nd 
Sierra Peterson
 
OST Elementary Associate 3rd-5th
Alexis Garcia 
 
OST Middle School Assocaite 
Erin Sherman
Isabel Figueroa
 
Hiyupo Alliance

Serves students 6-12.

NACA ACE Family Liaison (NISN)
Tirzah Toya-Waconda
[email protected]
Become an IEC member today!
OST is currently looking to recruit young people who are interested in supporting native youth as an OST associate through Americorps. Indigenous Educator Corps members receive a living allowance and education award.Apply today!  Indigenous Educator Corps Application

Eligibility Requirements:  Must be 18 or older, have a high school diploma or GED, and access to reliable transportation