Teen trip to the Sioux YMCA

February 8, 2019 Jonny Eberle Comments (0)

Now in its fourth year, teens from the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties will have the opportunity to participate in a unique and impactful cultural experience at the Sioux YMCA.

The Sioux YMCA is a very small organization with many responsibilities and programs within communities throughout the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation. Located in Dupree, South Dakota, the Sioux Y has a service area covering over 4400 square miles and includes 18 isolated communities brings fun and healthy activities to youth living in the across the reservation.

The Sioux YMCA believes in working with community members rather than for them. Focusing on engaging academic, athletic, and artistic programming, the Sioux YMCA serves local youth and teens on site, in the Tribal schools, in the communities, and through Camp Leslie Marrowbone.

As you might expect, our group will get as much out of the experience as the kids on the reservation. We will have our eyes opened to a culture and a socio-economic reality that is very different than our own; an experience that will give you a different and deeper appreciation of the YMCA.

Past teens had this to say about their experience:

"In sum, this was an amazing, awesome, life-changing experience and I would highly recommend this to other teens. Not only do you befriend the children you work with and learn about the challenges but also the beauty of a different culture, but you also gain life-long friends. The group that you go with becomes a second family. I will definitely be returning next year."

"It was one of the most challenging, yet most rewarding things I've ever done."

"My experience at the Sioux Y was as usual, heart wrenching, eye-opening, and motivational. It is with a heavy heart that I enter and leave the CRSTR every year. Though I see and hear the hard facts about life of the reservation that breaks my heart, it is quickly healed when the kids play, laugh, and joke around with us. I've learned to turn my anger into passion, my friends at the Y motivate to share my passion with anyone and everyone willing to listen or not, because education is key."

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