I am participating in YMCA of the USA’s Emerging Global Leaders Institute (EGLI). The goal of EGLI is to bring together young Y leaders from across the country to focus on the impact and future of the YMCA. The program has a strong focus on diversity, inclusion & global awareness, and we've been working with the YMCA World Service Campaign & the Sioux YMCA.
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation has no industry, technology or commercial infrastructure to provide employment for its residents, which contributes to its 90% unemployment rate. 70% of teens drop out of high school and the teen suicide rate is 150% higher than the national average.
The Sioux Y, the only Y located on a Native American Reservation, offers youth living in communities plagued by chronic drug and alcohol abuse, strong, sober, adult role models and a hot meal through their Community Food Program.
Unlike most Ys, the Sioux Y relies entirely on grants and contributions to stay open. Every dollar makes a difference, and helps to provide mentoring and assistance to youth and families in need, often with lifesaving results.