Youth Leadership Development Initiative

50% of the population on the Pine Ridge Reservation is under the age of 18. We believe that this is our community’s biggest asset. We help develop them as movement builders and leaders. We look to them for solutions to our community’s biggest challenges. We engage youth to develop their healthy living skills, to increase their fluency and understanding of Lakota language and culture, and to nurture their participation in the community.  Youth have many ideas about how to create a better future, but they also need space to enjoy being kids, and we provide the opportunities for them to dedicate time to both.

We offer two youth programs:

Youth Leadership Development Program (Applications now open, apply here)

Lakȟótiya Škíŋčiyapi Program