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Youth Programs

Enriching The Lives of Lakota Youth

We strive to make a lasting impact on the lives of the young Lakota people of Pine Ridge Reservation. We offer a variety of youth programs and services designed to support their educational, social, emotional, and professional development.

Allen Youth Center

The Allen Youth Center has been providing a safe and welcoming environment for children and families on Pine Ridge since 2015. There is always something going on at the Allen Youth Center!

Some offerings include:
- Classes and workshops on things like art, technology, and Lakota culture
- Homework help
- Special holiday events
- Recreational activities
- Healthy meals and snacks provided by the One Spirit Food Program

Camp Marrowbone

In partnership with the Sioux YMCA, Camp Marrowbone is a one-week summer camp for children to spend time outdoors and embrace Lakota culture. Activities include arts and crafts, hiking, outdoor sports, and water activities as well as traditional Lakota education and traditions.

Employment Program

The youth employment program offers young adults the opportunity to leave the reservation to work and live in a new town for the summer to gain work training and experience new surroundings and activities.

Horse Spirit Camp

Horse Spirit Camp provides traditional Lakota horse activities to children and adults. While lessons include caretaking and riding, participants also learn about self-respect, responsibility, and self-confidence. The goal of these camps is to teach traditional Lakota culture and language to enhance physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health.

Lakota YouthStay

Connecting 10 to 15-year-olds from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota with hosts in the Greater Boston area for 9 days of exploration and discovery, building friendships and engagement through shared activities of interest.


Empower the Lakota People of Pine Ridge Reservation

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