The mission of the American Indian Resource Center, Inc. is to develop culturally appropriate resources to meet the needs of American Indian Communities. This 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization has been assisting this community for the past 30 years. With a variety of programs, serving school age children from kindergarten to high school seniors, as well as serving American Indian college students going into the teaching profession, AIRCINC has continued to evolve to meet the ever changing needs of our dynamic world.
With our “Small town to the World” program, AIRCINC has another opportunity to provide our rural, American Indian students a window to substantial opportunities with virtual learning. Oklahoma ranks 50th in the nation in educational funding and teacher pay. If there is no outside source of funding, our students will be forced to go without.
The rate of technological change is accelerating. It's unpredictable and unprecedented. As the World Economic Forum acknowledged in its Future of Jobs report, we’re entering a fourth industrial revolution. The key to surviving this new industrial revolution is leading it. That requires two key elements of agile businesses: awareness of disruptive technology and a plan to develop talent that can make the most of it.
The capacity of American Indian communities to thrive in times of historic change is one of their most vital strengths. American Indians must adapt to future technologies, while continuing the commitment of their ancestors to preserve their language, culture and history. This goal can be achieved at Camp Sevenstar.
Camp Sevenstar is an outdoor expiriential learning center that is operated by the AIRCINC. It features high and low ropes courses, basketball and vollyball courts, an amphitheater, a kitchen and dining hall, two classrooms and a large cultural/games feild. Lake Tenkiller is avaliable fo kayaking, swimming and canoeing.
Within American Indian community schools, one will find that hardware, software and technical expertise is not evenly distributed. Centralizing emerging technology with competent staff so that students have a complete and substantial exposure to emerging technology is greatly needed. Therefore, we need the assistance of this grant to purchase the technology, convert a classroom and hire trained professionals
With the “Small Town to the World” initiative, virtual technology provides the opportunity for our low income, disadvantaged, Native American youth to travel to places they would never be able to travel and provides learning in authentic environments.
These new experiences can be the incentive and spark these students need to encourage them to continue their educations and also consider the multitude of opportunities in the technology field.
It also illustrates how massive and diverse our world is and virtual reality can provide encouragement to experience other cultures, lifestyles and opportunities. With this funding, we are proposing 30 weeks of virtual reality programs. Without this funding, we will only be able to provide this educational experience for a few weeks in the summer.
We are requesting a donation from our supporters to help fund the “Small Town to the World” program. Every donation will help us, and even a small donation of $10 will add up quickly.
Visit our website: http://aircinc.org