The mission of Vechij Himdag Alternative School Inc. is to prepare highly at-risk Native American youth to get their lives back on track - graduate from high school and continue on to college, career and self-sufficiency.
Vechij Himdag Alternative School Inc. emphasizes the intellectual, physical, and spiritual growth necessary for a healthy and productive lifestyle. Our strong blended (Web and Traditional) educational program is built upon a foundation of Akimel O’Otham language and tradition, with special emphasis on sharing and service to others. Vechij Himdag Service Learners have volunteered over 2700 hours of community service in the 2012/2013 school year alone.
Our students may be three or more years behind in their coursework when they enroll but with a combination of hard work and dedication a student can complete our program in less than three years (Usually 2 years ) and graduate with a diploma and skills to be career, college or workplace ready.
Working closely with our community partners such as Community In Schools and Gila River Employment and Training, students participate in blended learning programs as well as the innovative Charting for Success, College Bridge and Career Pathways programs to ensure they not only graduate but continue on to college and technical training.
Our highly successful Teen Parenting program unites First Things First, Early Head Start and Gila River Health Care to provide support for teen moms, dads and infants and grandparents to help these young parents stay in school, delay additional children till after completing their education and prepare for a life of self-sufficiency and independence.
O’Otham Language revitalization underpins our work. By helping young parents and future parents and community citizens relearn their traditional language and support the traditional values of Gila River Indian Community, the school ensures that the next generation of students will be ready for school and to be productive citizens in the future.
We rely on our partners and donations from those interested in seeing us achieve our goals to sustain our programs.