The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has identified the importance of promoting education as a life-long process which requires the broad participation of all age groups of the tribal membership. The purpose of the Education Department is to serve tribal membership's life-long educational needs.
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OVERVIEW OF PROGRAMS OFFERED BY THE WTGH (A) EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
After School Program
The After School Program meets Monday-Friday at the Tribal Housing building from 3:30-5:30. Healthy snacks are provided and students participate in fun and engaging cultural and academic enrichment activities as well as receive homework assistance. Extended-day and full-day programs are offered when the Martha’s Vineyard public schools have vacation days and early dismissals. Children ages 5-12 are eligible to enroll in the ASP at no charge.
Summer Turtle Program
The Summer Turtle Program is a full-day summer program for enrolled Wampanoag children. Children participate in cultural activities, swimming, sailing, cooking, and many more exciting activities. There is no charge for the Summer Turtle Program.
Higher Education Scholarship
The purpose the Higher Education Grant Program is to provide equal education opportunities for Tribal members who are pursuing a college education. Tribal members are eligible for assistance from the Scholarship Program to help cover tuition, room and board, books and other costs associated with going to college.
Scholarship Information and Career Counseling
The WTGH (A) Tribal Library has an extensive collection of scholarship information. Students and families can search through the collection or Education Department staff can help compile information about scholarships that match the student’s needs and interests. Education Department staff members are also available to help with career counseling and resume writing.
The Work/Learn Program was developed to further the vocational skills and employability of Wampanoag youth by providing hands-on training in various business settings on Martha’s Vineyard. Its goal also includes giving opportunities to Wampanoag-owned and other community businesses to train Wampanoag youth in their business in exchange for the Tribe paying the wages of that youth for a stated time period. This program provides practical employment experience to Aquinnah Wampanoag youth between the ages of 15 – 23 for 8 weeks during the summer month for a maximum of 20 hours per week.
Private one-on one tutoring is available for all Native American students on Martha’s Vineyard by parent request for students in grades K-12.
Parent advocacy and support is available for school conferences, special education meetings, and other needs as they arise.
Adult Vocational Training Awards
The Adult Vocational Training Program provides financial assistance for enrolled tribal members 18+ in pursuit of educational or vocational training to enhance job skills necessary for fulltime employment. Applications are accepted and reviewed on an on-going basis.
For more information, contact the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) Education Department:
Leigh French, Education Director
508-645-9265 ext. 153
James Hakenson, Education Planning Coordinator
508-645-9265 ext. 151
Gabriella Camilleri, Education Director Assistant
508-645-9265 ext. 155