“Our future lies with today’s kids and tomorrow’s space exploration”

Meet John, one of our kids in the Taking Up Space program. Visit our outreach program here: taking-up-space.org

This year, we received special funding to take a very unique individual to Space Camp. John is nine years old, is a member of the Pascua Yaqui tribe, and is very interested in both space and his own cultural roots.

Since John was three and a half, he has been involved with traditional dancing. He would like to train to become a Temasti, which is the highest spiritual leadership role he can attain in the Pascua Yaqui culture, earning the respect of the elders.

John asks lots of questions and is very curious.

He also loves to read and sing, and is in his church choir. One day John started coming home with space books from the library and told his family that he wanted to become a NASA scientist.

“He’s like a sponge, soaking everything in and always wanting to learn more.”

Naomi Escalante – John’s mom

Congratulations John…

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Who are the Space Hipsters, and Why are They so Unusual?

With over 17,000 members, the Space Hipsters group on Facebook is more than just a forum of space enthusiasts. They’ve extended their reach to bring about real changes in the real world.

Created in February 2011, by writer and blogger Emily Carney, Space Hipsters “embrace the inner space nerd.” They’ve organized field trips and give-aways, many members are experts in the space industry – including astronauts and their families, and the Space Hipster logo was spotted aboard the International Space Station!

Last year, the Space Hipsters helped send Native American girls aged 9 -11 to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. The space inspired American Girl Doll, Luciana Vega, was raffled with all of the proceedings going directly to fund a Space Camp STEM adventure.

We are honored to have received that funding for the Pascua Yaqui tribe girls from Tucson, Az.

Space Hipsters not only gave us their support…

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T – 10 days…

“I’m ready. I’m gonna be the best I could be, and I’m gonna be strong.”

Support Saydee by helping her get to Space Camp! Saydee is an 11 year old from the Pascua Yaqui nation. Her dream is to become an astronaut. With your donation she will be going to Space Camp Mach II where she will learn how to fly an airplane! We are very proud of Saydee and think you will be too. Please help her get to Space Camp.

Click here 👉 https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1530675

Hurry! You only have until midnight(PT) August 1st to enter. Any donation gets you into the prize drawing!

More info: https://girlstakingupspace.com/2019/06/30/donations-and-prize-drawing/

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TFCU Lends a Hand

There’s one thing that continues to amaze us about Tucson, and that is the generosity of our community. Our local credit union, started by a group of teachers in 1937 with $349, is one of our biggest supporters. Their contributions have been critical to our success.

Three years ago, our first group of girls was supported by the Tucson Federal Credit Union, and they did not let us down this year. With a generous donation of $750, we will be taking another group of Pascua Yaqui youth to Space Camp in Huntsville, AL.

Our sincere thank you to, Robyn Austin, Community Relations Manager and Miguel Cruz, Vice President of Brand and Community Engagement. 35151629_10156137477325395_8349225834250240000_n

Thank you TFCU for making Tucson a better place!

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Space Camp 2019 or Bust!

Help support these kids by donating today!

We started off in 2017 with cute little girls leaving the Reservation and flying on a plane for the first time. Their excitement was palpable. They were so nervous to leave their families and fly across the country, but they did it. They successfully completed Space Camp!

Sole Graduating 2018 with Astronaut Don Thomas

Three years later they’ve matured into young women going to high school and junior high. Only an unimaginable 1% of Native American students complete a math course as high school freshman. With a lump in my throat, I can say Saydee will be part of that 1%! Why? Because she wants to be an astronaut and knows she needs to do well in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). That’s all because she went to Space Camp.

That is the importance of this program. Giving these kids a fighting chance to finish high school, and maybe just maybe, finishing University. We know these kids…

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