SuAnne Big Crow Boys and Girls Club

The SuAnne Big Crow Boys and Girls Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which provides critically needed services and support for the youth residing on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, located in southwestern South Dakota. Our mission: to encourage healthy lifestyles through spirituality and the embodiment of the ideals of SuAnne Big Crow. Our Boys & Girls Club supports and sustains the vision and ideals expressed in the life of SuAnne by: 1. encouraging educational and spiritual growth of young people through academic support, sports, and the promotion of health and wellness; 2. providing youth with recreational facilities, scholarships, and opportunities to increase decisio...

SuAnne Big Crow Boys and Girls Club
PO Box 5079
Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770
United States
605-867-1011
http://www.suannebigcrow.org/home/

Board of Directors

Leatrice Big Crow,Harry Eagle Bull,Tracy Zacher,Cecelia Big Crow,Frances Big Crow,Roland Bradford,Gary Sullivan,Billie Pfieffer,JoAnne Conroy,Mary Tobacco,Frank Pommersheim,Allison Villasenor

Mission

The SuAnne Big Crow Boys and Girls Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which provides critically needed services and support for the youth residing on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, located in southwestern South Dakota. Our mission: to encourage healthy lifestyles through spirituality and the embodiment of the ideals of SuAnne Big Crow. Our Boys & Girls Club supports and sustains the vision and ideals expressed in the life of SuAnne by: 1. encouraging educational and spiritual growth of young people through academic support, sports, and the promotion of health and wellness; 2. providing youth with recreational facilities, scholarships, and opportunities to increase decision making free from drugs and alcohol; 3. increasing cultural awareness among all people; and 4. encouraging youth to reach their highest potential. The SuAnne Big Crow Boys and Girls Club was the first charter member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to be established on an Indian reservation and has paved the way for more than 100 clubs that have opened since. SuAnne BCBGC serves hundreds of youth on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and has the potential to reach thousands across the entire 3.5 thousand square mile reservation.

Programs

The SuAnne Big Crow Boys and Girls Club utilizes Boys and Girls club national evidence-based educational programs in order to encourage young people to develop positive and healthy behaviors. We infuse traditional Lakota philosophy and values into all programs administered by the Club which fall into one of five very broad topic categories: 1.Character & Leadership; 2. Education & Career; 3. Health & Life Skills; 4. The Arts; and 5. Sports, Fitness, & Recreation. In addition to these broad categories it is imperative that our club address issues that are very relavant to our community: diabetes prevention, suicide prevention, drug and gang prevention as well as high school completion and job readiness. Our Programs The SuAnne Big Crow Boys and Girls Club implements a number of programs that cultivate the development of its members as responsible, caring citizens. These programs connect youth with respected community elders who do their best to impart cultural teachings, values, and oral history. Our Education & Career programs help youth by: 1.academic enrichment and school engagement; 2.targeted dropout prevention; and 3.intensive intervention and case management. Our aim is to ensure that all Club members graduate from high school on time, ready for a post-secondary education and a career. Health & Life Skills initiatives develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults. Programs such as SMART Moves and Passport to Manhood address pressing issues adolescents face and promote rational decision making. The SuAnne Big Crow Boys and Girls Club supports youth creativity in fine arts. Our facility maintains an arts center where children can express themselves in a variety of mediums. Sports, Fitness, & Recreation programs help promote physical fitness, a positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills. Our facility maintains basketball courts, a recreation room, and the only Olympic size swimming pool on the reservation, which currently is not in use due to funding challenges.

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