The American Indian Institute for Innovation (AIII) educational model prepares future generations of American Indian leaders to apply Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) based solutions to tribal challenges.
The American Indian Institute for Innovation (AIII) engages American Indian students and their families from beginning high school through the first two years of college in a safe, year-round residential, environmentally sustainable setting. AIII promotes educational success. Our nurturing educational
community utilizes a rigorous Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Mathematics (STEM) based and culturally infused curriculum that prepares students to further their education and enter the workforce with a sense of service and responsibility to Tribal Communities.
RESULTS AND OUTCOMES
Through the vision of AIII, cumulative systemic change is obtainable. Tribal communities need leaders and a workforce well versed in STEM disciplines, grounded in self, family, culture and community, and all with the ability to think globally. AIII students will be prepared to face the demands of the future.
The AIII model immerses each student into a nurturing supportive network.
A mentoring mosaic of family, peers, faculty, tribal members and professionals dedicated to the individual. AIII graduates will have skill sets equivalent
to or better than students from top performing schools. They will be able to work in a team environment, analyze and solve problems, and communicate through a variety of media. AIII graduates will have research experience that is linked to community issues and service learning. Their personnel assessment portfolios will demonstrate they score above national averages on standardized exams, and leave no doubt they are prepared to transition seamlessly to a four-year university.
The first AIII campus will begin with a cohort of 9th grade students.
Each subsequent year, a cohort is added until the campus is running at full capacity. In seven years, this creates an annual pool of at least 100 young American Indian adults fluent in STEM and prepared to matriculate to
baccalaureate programs. Compare this to the average increase of only 68 STEM bachelor degrees awarded to American Indians nationwide. This is more than a significant difference, and it is greater than a single number.
This is hope. This is systemic change.