Child Care Assistance
Our goal is to increase the availability, affordability, and quality of the child care services in the 10 1/2 counties of the Choctaw Nation service area. We service Native American children under the age of 13.
Educational Talent Search
Students, especially those who may become the first in their families to go into higher education, need to start planning early for college with the help of the Educational Talent Search program. Students as early as the 6th grade will be provided with educational information and encouragement as they begin to prepare for college.
On October l, l984, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Muskogee Area Office, contracted the Johnson O’Malley Program.
Jones Academy is a Native American residential learning center for elementary and secondary school age children. The facility is located in southeast Oklahoma and houses 190 co-ed students grades 1 through 12.
The Choctaw Nation believes the success of our people depends upon the education of our youth. Success Through Academic Recognition (STAR) promotes high levels of achievement by rewarding students’ academic success. By providing incentives to Choctaw students enrolled in second through twelfth grades, STAR encourages them to perform at optimal levels and reinforces the idea of “hard work pays off.” Since 2007, STAR has grown from an educational program for Choctaw students in the 10.5-county service area to an international program servicing Choctaw youth worldwide. STAR currently serves more than 20,000 students in forty-eight states and five foreign countries.
Student School and Activity Fund
The Student School & Activity Fund (SSAF) offers an annual $100 grant to purchase school supplies and clothing for Choctaw students possessing a tribal membership card.Students must be enrolled at an accredited school or daycare in order to receive funds. Home school students are eligible to receive the grant. Students must be at least 3 years old at the time an application is submitted. High school seniors cannot apply after their graduation date. If your high school student is 19 or older at the time of application submission, please mail a paper application and attach a document verifying that your student is still enrolled in high school.
Students qualifying for the grant will receive a $100 pre-paid Visa card within 2-3 weeks of application. If you need assistance or have questions in regards to your student’s Visa card, please contact the SSAF program.
Youth Empowerment & Advisory Board
Our goal is to empower youth to find the leader within themselves and find their voice. Learning happens through action and reflection. YAB members become community leaders through service. They learn to solve problems, set and achieve goals and are encouraged to reflect. This gives them a deeper understanding of their community and the world around them.