Center for Civic Engagement

Sioux YMCA - South Dakota

Social Issue/Focus Area: Native American and indigenous nations, youth development

When: Saturday, March 7 – Saturday, March 14, 2020 (spring break)

Description: The Sioux YMCA in Dupree, South Dakota, is a very small organization with many responsibilities and programs within communities throughout the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation, home to the Lakota people. Assist in the after-school program, work on service projects on the reservation, and learn from local artists and presenters who share their knowledge and stories.

About this Organization

Established in 1879 by survivors of the Dakota War, the Sioux YMCA is the only YMCA on an Indian reservation today. The organization's mission is to develop and strengthen children and families in the reservation communities so they can fulfill their greatest individual and collective potential spiritually, mentally, and physically. Through engaging academic, athletic, and artistic programming, the Sioux YMCA serves the children of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation on site, in the tribal schools, in the communities, and through Leslie Marrowbone Memorial YMCA Camp.

Your Role

  • Work in the after-school program (afternoon and evenings)
  • Possible service project

Program Details

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