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Community Engagement Programs

After School Tutoring and Mentoring Internship

Maricopa Village Christian School (MVCS)


Empower children and families in Gila River Indian Community through Christian education.



About the Internship


Help transform the lives of Native American children and families in the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) District 7 by serving as a tutor, mentor and role model for the Maricopa Village Christian School K-8 After School Tutoring Program. In addition to tutoring math, science and reading interns will: experience Native American culture, enjoy a healthy, lite, evening meal; and have fun playing games and activities with the students—all against the backdrop of the beautiful Estrella Mountains.

Population Served:

K-8 students of Native American heritage—Maricopa, Pima and other Native tribes will be served. Up to 20 students will be served.

Community Need:

—Increase student and family literacy in this underserved and improvised community
—Overcome academic deficiencies in most students, with an emphasis on reading, math and science
—Promote learning and raise the value of education and academic achievement
—Increase school attendance, deter and decrease high truancy rate
—Expose students to positive role models and career opportunities

Community Impact:

Help positively transform the lives of the children and their family by increasing family literacy, decreasing truancy and school dropout rates, enhancing academic achievement and graduation rates, exposing students to positive role models, preparing students for higher education, STEAM and other careers; and ultimately highly productive community members and leaders.