Youth Programs

 

After-school and summer programs continue to be at the core of the DTE youth programs. These programs serve Tigua youth ages 5 to 18 and are implemented to improve academic skills, social emotional wellbeing, and physical wellness.

The Positive Action curriculum is delivered to youth ages 6 to 17 participating in the after school and summer programming. Positive Action is a systematic educational program that promotes an intrinsic interest in learning and encourages cooperation among students.

DTE partners with the nearby public schools and their administrators to align transportation and programming efficiency.

 

After-School Program Hours

Monday - Thursday

3:00pm to 5:30pm

 

Summer Program Hours

Monday - Friday

9:00am to 4:00pm

 

Tigua Youth Council

 

The Tigua Youth Council of Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo empowers its future generations by providing a voice on behalf of its young constituency. The Youth Council was re-established in January of 2010 and exists through the oversight of Tribal Empowerment and Tribal Council. It operates as its own governing body under its own bylaws to educated younger Tiguas on how tribal government works.

 
Vision

To be a model for our peers at the pueblo by establishing leadership skills that prepare us to become effective leaders for our pueblos future.

 
Mission

Tribal youth are the voice of the pueblo's future and one of the greatest community resources. The Tigua Youth Council of Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo will engage in both personal/professional development, and Tigua leadership amongst our peers.

 
Elections

Tigua Youth Council elections are held annually every second Tuesday of January. Elected seats include Youth Governor, 1st Lt. Youth Governor, 2nd Lt. Youth Governor, Youth Alguacil, Secretary, and Treasure. Tigua Youth Council currently has 20 members in it.

 
Meetings

Meetings are held every other Tuesday. On a free Tuesday, youth council members attend Tiwa Language class. Meetings are open to the Tigua, El Paso, and surrounding communities to attend.

 

Youth Governor Bios

Youth Governor, Christopher Gomez Jr, is from Pakitu (Pumpkin Village) and is currently a junior at Del Valle High School. Mr. Gomez is a black belt in karate and has won 9 world titles, 21 state titles, and also teaches karate to Tigua youth. He is also in band and plays baritone. Mr. Gomez has kept a 4.0 average on his academics and continues to strive for excellence.

1st Lt. Governor, Shaytu Quezada, is from Pakitu (Pumpkin Village) and is currently a senior at Ysleta High School. He plays football and is employed at the Tigua Cultural Center as a Social Dancer. Mr. Quezada participates in many ceremonial and social gatherings for the pueblo.

2nd Lt. Governor, Lorenzo Rivera, is from Pakitu (Pumpkin Village) and he is currently a senior at Del Valle High School. He has worked for the Tribal Fire Department and continues his path in emergency services by engaging in his CERT program at school.

 

Contact Information: rgomez@ydsp-nsn.gov

Ralph Gomez, Tribal Councilmen

 

Library

 

The Tribal Empowerment Library facilitates internet access, reading programs, and intergenerational enrichment events throughout the year.  The library has established the T’aiki Tiwa Reference Section. All new Tiwa language materials such as the T’aiki Tiwa Dictionary, storybooks, short stories, poems and documents directly related to the history of Ysleta del Sur Pueblo will be catalogued and located in this section. Stories previously written and illustrated by tribal students reflecting YDSP’s culture, feast days, and everyday events in the children’s lives will also be added to this section.

The T’aiki Tiwa Reference Section was featured in this year’s Texas Library Association: Powered Libraries West Texas Road Trip 6 Days, 5 Cities, 7 Libraries. The Powered Libraries campaign seeks to broaden the public awareness of library services and provide resources for librarians to promote libraries as vital institutions in their communities.

 

Library Hours

Monday - Friday

8:00am to 5:00pm

 

Texas Library Association: Powered Libraries - Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo Tribal Empowerment Library

 

 

Higher Education Program

 

The Higher Education Program assists enrolled tribal members of Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo in obtaining a degree from an accredited higher education institution in the form of educational awards. The amount of funding given to Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and other sources for higher education awards varies every calendar year. Awards are intended to assist students living in the El Paso/Hudspeth and Doña Ana Counties in meeting the cost of tuition and books.

The goal of the Higher Education Program is to help supplement the students remaining unmet need or the gap between the actual higher education cost and their available resources (financial aid package along with any other student/family contribution) to meet the cost that cannot be derived from other programs and resources. It is structured on a last dollar basis meaning all other sources of funding must be sought prior to receiving any tribal assistance.

Students must apply for all federal financial aid, state and campus based programs. These sources will be used as the main source of funding. Students who do not apply for federal, state or campus based programs will be considered ineligible for program funding. Receipt of other financial assistance does not automatically disqualify students from the Higher Education Program. Tribal grant awarded is in addition to any other financial aid or self-contribution.

 

Higher Education

Deadline

Fall - July 1st

Spring - November 1st

Summer - April 1st

Awarded

No Pell Grant Awarded

100% Covered by Higher Education Program

Enrollment Status

Full-Time (12 credit hours or more)

Part-Time (11 credit hours or less)

If enrolled more than 12 credit hours in a semester, the credit hours will be multiplied by cost of credit hour, but will not exceed 36 credit hours per academic year and $12,600.00 for 4-year institution and $3,564.00 for 2-year institution to include no more than $1,200.00 for books.

Textbook Stipend

Additional $100.00 per class not to exceed $400.00 per semester. Stipend will be paid with tuition funding sent out to the institution. Textbook funding might be used to cover tuition first by the institutions scholarship office and any unused monies should be reimbursed to student by the institution. No textbook stipend will be awarded for retake classes.

Cap on Funding

4-year Institution: $4,200.00 per semester/$350.00 per credit hour

2-year Institution: $1,188.00 per semester/$99.00 per credit hour

Eligibility Requirements
  • Residency in the El Paso/Hudspeth Counties
  • Accredited 2-4year Institution
  • Complete and submit FAFSA
  • Establish unmet financial need
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA

(Parental contribution will not be considered for students between the ages of 18-24 years.)


Awarded

Partial Pell Grant Awarded

75% Covered by Higher Education Program

Enrollment Status

Full Time (12 credit hours or more)

Part Time (11 credit hours or less)

If enrolled more than 12 credit hours in a semester, the credit hours will be multiplied by cost of credit hour, but will not exceed 36 credit hours per academic year and $9,450.00 for 4-year institution and $2,673.00 for 2-year institution.

Textbook Stipend

No Textbook Stipend

Cap on Funding

4-year Institution: $3,150.00 per semester/$262.50 per credit hour

2-year Institution: $891.00 per semester/$74.25 per credit hour

Eligibility Requirements
  • Residency in the El Paso/Hudspeth Counties
  • Accredited 2-4year Institution
  • Complete and submit FAFSA
  • Establish unmet financial need
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA

(Parental contribution will not be considered for students between the ages of 18-24 years.)


Awarded

Full Pell Grant Awarded

50% Covered by Higher Education Program

Enrollment Status

Full Time (12 credit hours or more)

Part Time (11 credit hours or less)

If enrolled more than 12 credit hours in a semester, the credit hours will be multiplied by cost of credit hour, but will not exceed 36 credit hours per academic year and $6,300.00 for 4-year institution and $1,782.00 for 2-year institution.

Textbook Stipend

No Textbook Stipend

Cap on Funding

4-year Institution: $2,100.00 per semester/$175.00 per credit hour

2-year Institution: $594.00 per semester/$49.50 per credit hour

Eligibility Requirements
  • Residency in the El Paso/Hudspeth Counties
  • Accredited 2-4year Institution
  • Complete and submit FAFSA
  • Establish unmet financial need
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA

(Parental contribution will not be considered for students between the ages of 18-24 years.)


Technical/Vocational

Deadline

1 month prior to start of program

Enrollment Status

Full Time/Part Time

Textbook Stipend

No Textbook Stipend

Cap on Funding

$4,200/Academic Year

Eligibility Requirements
  • Residency in the El Paso/Hudspeth Counties
  • Accredited Institution
  • Seeking certification/degree
  • Complete and submit FAFSA
  • Establish unmet financial need
  • Attending an institution in the El Paso/Hudspeth Counties

(Parental contribution will not be considered for students between the ages of 18-24 years.)


Graduate/Doctoral

Deadline

Fall – July 1st

Spring – November 1st

Summer – April 1st

Awarded

100% Covered by Higher Education Program

Enrollment Status

Full Time (9 credit hours or more)

Part Time (8 credit hours or less)

If enrolled more than 9 credit hours in a semester, the credit hours will be multiplied by cost of credit hour, but will not exceed 27 credit hours per academic year and $11,205.00 for 4-year institution to include no more than $1,200.00 for books.

Textbook Stipend

Additional $100.00 per class not to exceed $400.00 per semester. Stipend will be paid with tuition funding sent out to the institution. Textbook funding might be used to cover tuition first by the institutions scholarship office and any unused monies should be reimbursed to student by the institution. No textbook stipend will be awarded for retake classes.

Cap on Funding

4-year Institution: $3,735.00 per semester/$415.00 per credit hour

Eligibility Requirements
  • Residency in the El Paso/Hudspeth Counties
  • Accredited Institution
  • GPA contingent on degree plan requirement

  

Forms and Applications

 

All Tribal Members interested in applying for higher education funding can use the following forms. Forms must be submitted to the Tribal Empowerment Office according to the following deadlines:

 

Fall Semester – July 1st
Spring Semester – November 1st
Summer Semester – April 1st

 


Department of Tribal Empowerment

11100 Santos Sanchez
Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, TX 79927
Phone: 915-872-8648
Fax: 915-872-8651

 

Documents

Higher Education Forms
HE Guidelines
HE Program Application
Graduate Program Application


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