The mission of this initiative is to educate Maya adults and youth in accordance with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which states:
Indigenous peoples have the right to revitalize, use, develop and transmit to future generations their histories, languages, oral traditions, philosophies, writing systems and literatures, and to designate and retain their own names for communities, places and persons.
- Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning.
- Indigenous individuals, particularly children, have the right to all levels and forms of education of the State without discrimination.
Indigenous peoples have the right to the dignity and diversity of their cultures, traditions, histories and aspirations which shall be appropriately reflected in education and public information.
Maya Youth Mentoring Program
This program is designed to promote higher education among the Maya youth in Omaha Public Schools who will be the first of their families to attend college. This program meets on a biweekly basis and is implemented in collaboration with the Maya Community Health Collaborative, a student organization of Creighton University’s School of Medicine.
Basic Adult Education Program
The mission of this program is to equip adult members of the Maya community with the skills they need to find employment. This program includes drivers education courses, English as a second language classes, and basic computer classes.
Maya Academic Achievement Council
This council operates under the Native Indigenous Centered Education of the Omaha Public Schools (OPS) and in collaboration with OPS’s Office of Equity and Diversity. The council assists OPS in reviewing curriculum, improving communication between OPS and the Maya community, celebrating Maya culture within OPS, and improving school attendance and academic achievement for Maya youth.