American Indian Services

Helping Generations Soar Through Education

aka AIS   |   Cottonwood Heights, UT   |  https://www.americanindianservices.org

Mission

The mission of AIS is to assist Native Americans in developing their human and natural resources thru education to help them make a contribution to society without detracting from their cultural background and heritage.

Ruling year info

1981

Executive Director

Jay L. Brasher

Main address

3115 East Lion Lane Suite 320

Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121 USA

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EIN

87-0477049

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Currently, 1 in 3 Native American children live in poverty, and 1 in 4 Native Americans live in poverty nationally. There are areas on tribal lands that lack basic infrastructure - this means that many Native American homes lack running water or electricity. There is currently a high achievement gap for Native students. Twenty-two percent of Native fourth graders and 17 percent of Native eighth graders scored at the “proficient” or “advanced” levels in math in 2011. Nationally, 40 percent of fourth graders and 35 percent of eighth graders scored in this range. The American Indian/Alaskan Native high school graduation rate is 67 percent, the lowest of any racial/ethnic demographic group across all schools. Department of Education data indicate that the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools fare even worse, with a graduation rate of 53 percent, compared to a national average of 80 percent. And only 13% of Native Americans have a college education.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Scholarships

The AIS Scholarship Program is designed to give a "helping hand" versus a "handout". Students submit scholarship applications showing their educational record and their plans for the future. Scholarship funds are allocated directly to the student's school, according to tuition costs. AIS scholarships cover approximately one-half of tuition, and students provide the other half. This is the most effective formula for success -- a commitment to go to school, as well as a personal investment toward that goal.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Economically disadvantaged people

American Indian Services (AIS) seeks your support for an academically intense summer program in mathematics and science for American Indian middle school students. AIS PREP, modeled after the acclaimed USA PREP program begun at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will prepare students to take advanced math classes in high school, thus creating opportunities to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) studies at the college level.

AIS PREP will recruit pre-seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students who have an interest and aptitude in STEM studies. Hosted on USU Blanding campus, AIS will conduct AIS/USU PREP for six-weeks for three consecutive summers. The program is designed to motivate young students to pursue STEM studies and careers. A comprehensive STEM education will produce skilled men and women to compete successfully in the global marketplace and to attract high tech industries to Utah.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

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Totals By Year
Related Program

AIS PREP

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

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Totals By Year
Related Program

AIS PREP

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of graduates enrolled in higher learning, university, or technical/vocational training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Scholarships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The mission of AIS has been a simple one: to create programs and generate funding that will help Native Americans receive a quality education, while still preserving the culture and honoring the heritage of Native Americans. AIS believes that it is through education that Native Americans will be able to protect their history and culture. Our goal and hope is that as Natives achieve individual success they’ll be better able to provide support for their communities and positive change for future generations.

Our main focuses are our scholarship program - which is available to all Native Americans with a 1/4 blood quantum and a 2.25 gpa - and our summer STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program for Native American middle schoolers. The program is intensive and runs for three summers, six weeks each summer, and drastically improves test scores. Please go to our website to learn more.

AIS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. Each year, we provide thousands of college scholarships to Native Americans from over 300 federally recognized tribes. Our students attend over 400 accredited colleges, universities and trade schools. Our AIS PREP program currently has campuses in Blanding, UT; Tuba City, AZ; Gallup, NM; and we are working to establish 2 more campuses in 2019 in North and South Dakota.

Because we have been in service for decades, it is difficult to accurately measure how many students we have helped, but our conservative estimates put as at around 35,000 students served. Our goal is to continue serving as many students as we are able.

AIS PREP raises math test scores by an average of 44%, science scores by as much as 50%, and logic scores by an average of 80%. This means that students are well prepared for advanced classes in high school, and one of our recent graduates was able to skip high school math altogether and concurrently enroll in college math courses in tenth grade. This year we are adding an arts curriculum to the program so that we may tie in activities that will help students stay connected to the Native American culture.

Financials

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American Indian Services

Board of directors
as of 8/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Keith Buswell


Board co-chair

Ken Woolley

Keith Buswell

Todd Miller

Kathleen Nilsen

Gordon Ostler

Harding Walker

Kenneth Woolley

Jay Brasher

Mark Bouchard

Laura Larkin

Darren Parry

Austen Tsosie

Gary Winterton

Margaret Busse

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/17/2021

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