Indian Education Center

IEC supports Native youth through academic tutoring and advocacy, enrichment activities, skill building, and nurturing cultural growth. 

Our programs include:

IEC activity

After-School Tutoring
Monday –Thursday students at AICRC complete their daily homework assignments and long-term projects with the assistance of a tutor. We maintain 1:5 ratio – tutor to student(s). Our tutors are well-trained and able to provide embracive one-on-one attention to the youth. They also serve as mentors and give cultural guidance to the students. Many American Indian youth are experiential learners so our tutors and staff are trained in and practice alternative teaching methods. Transportation to and from the after-school program is offered.

IEC cultural arts

Cultural Arts
Through the participation in cultural arts activities and traditional American Indian ceremonies, students deepen their understanding and sense of identity as a young Native person. The focus on American Indian culture allows youth who are raised in urban areas and who are often removed from traditional Native art forms and traditions to be exposed to their culture in an interactive and culturally relevant way. The youth attending AICRC programs represent many different tribes from across the country, many from more than one tribe. The cultural arts program is a way to integrate the broad, intricate components of diverse American Indian culture and history into the consciousness of Native youth in Oakland. By participating in healthy, enriching, cultural activities, improved self-concept and cultural pride will be rooted in a set of positive experiences.

IEC cooking class

Sports and Nutrition
The offering of health, nutrition, and recreation activities aims to increase awareness and mitigate the detrimental effects of childhood obesity, poor eating habits, and sedentary lifestyles of American Indian young people. The Sports and Nutrition Program is a crucial need for our community because Native peoples experience higher disease rates and lower life expectancy than any other racial or ethnic group in the country. In the Nutrition Program’s cooking class, the students learn to read recipes and ingredient tables, study traditional healing properties of Native herbs, and analyze measurements utilizing math skills. Sessions are geared to teach youth about healthier food choices and strategies for integrating these components into their lifestyles. In the Sports Program students have the choice to participate in a fitness club every day they are in program. The different activities include: the Girls Recreation and Dance program; the Football club; and the Dancing and Drumming program held at the Inter-tribal Friendship House. Some of the key aspects include: holding introductory sessions on the importance of fitness, the basics of each respective sport, attending relevant professional games.

IEC handgames team

Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE)

Workshops focused on the traditional uses of tobacco, the negative effects of commercial tobacco use, and the misuse of Indian imagery in the marketing of commercial tobacco products. This program will work with American Indian youth to build healthy resiliency and learn about making positive choices in their lives.   The group is open to middle and high school students.  The group will spend time developing artistic techniques, going on fieldtrips, and doing educational activities.  For more information about TUPE please contact Emma Gomez, 510-208-1870 X 320 or emma@aicrc.org.

Title Vll (federal Indian Education Act)
Title VII provides cultural competent programming within OUSD (Oakland Unified School District) and is a venue through which to advocate for American Indian students’ towards their successful completion of school. Since obtaining Title VII funding from OUSD, the IEC has become more active within the District, participating in meetings about the restructuring of OUSD to make it more accountable and responsive to the diverse ethnic make-up of the Oakland community. Through discussions and presentations, AICRC has heightened the awareness of the School Board and the school administration about the needs of the Oakland American Indian community. AICRC and IEC staff participate in a committee that will establish District-wide parent resource centers. It is AICRC intent to continue this collaborative work and make the educational needs of the American Indian students a funding priority within the reform initiatives of the District.

Advocacy and Case Management
IEC staff serves as a vital link between American Indian families and the school system. Conferences between parents, teachers and other school site staff are coordinated through IEC staff, assisting families to navigate the nuances of Oakland schools. IEC case management integrates the individual needs of our youth into each programmatic activity. Youth are involved in setting goals and held accountable for their progress. Each of the students involved in programming has a case manager (who is an IEC staff member) who provides support to the student and family by: attending school meetings; furnishing transport; providing appropriate referrals; and maintaining consistent communication with parents as advocates for the youth. The youth feel supported and receive the assistance they need to meet their personal, spiritual, emotional, and academic goals.

For information about the afterschool program  contact Erick Aleman (510) 208-1870 x  or erick@aicrc.org

For information about Title Vll or case management contact Corrina Gould (510) 208-1870 or corrina@aicrc.org

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