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Volunteer with Youth in South Dakota

Updated on August 29, 2013

Volunteering Projects in South Dakota

Thank you for taking the time to consider volunteering in South Dakota. It is appreciated that you are willing to invest your time, energy and funds to help struggling children and families.

The Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation is home to around 15,000 residents and lies within two of the poorest counties in the United States. The unemployment rate is high, occasionally reaching over 75% in some areas, and the majority of families live at or below the poverty level (according to USA standards). As much as 50% of the population of the reservation is under the age of 18 years old, which means that youth and outreach programs have become vitally important to securing a viable future for the Lakota people.

The Global Volunteer Network currently has opportunities to volunteer at a youth centre located on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota.

The non-profit youth centre serves children and families living on the reservation and is a grass-roots organisation run by members of the Lakota tribe and the surrounding communities.

GVN serves you to arrange an affordable volunteer opportunity with peace of mind, finanical security, and is a great way for you to contribute to the global community, gain experience, and also fosters personal growth.

Our vision is to support
the work of local community organizations in developing countries through the placement of international volunteers. We believe that local communities are in the best position to determine their needs, and we provide volunteers to help them achieve their goals.

Be the Change that you want to see in the world - Mahatma Ghandi

What You Can Do

Volunteers will work with children aged from 4 to 18 years old. During the school term the youth centre is open in the afternoons and during the summer holidays it is open all day. There is no typical day at the centre and activities will vary according to the time of the year and how many children are at the centre.

Activities include: Library time, arts and crafts, helping with homework, working in the organic garden, outdoor games, serving meals, fundraising drives within the community, helping with general upkeep of the centre. In addition, volunteers with particular skills, for example language or sporting skills, will be encouraged to implement their own programs with the children. Mornings will often involve some administration and maintenance duties.

Volunteer Impact

While sharing your knowledge and compassion you will gain an in-depth experience of the Lakota people and their culture that will stay with you the rest of your life.

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      Global Volunteer Network 8 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for visiting our South Dakota volunteering lens. Maybe one day when you have a vacation or a couple of months to spare you could join the program. Blessings to you also.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Sounds like a very worthy cause to me. Wish I lived closer to help out.

      Best wishes with this lens, and Blessed by a Squid Angel!