The daily challenges of life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are plentiful; lack of encouragement, influence of gangs, drugs, teen pregnancy, violence, etc. Working to break the cycle of poverty, the club offers a positive environment. Here, children have a place to come for homework assistance, job readiness training and simply a helping hand - a place free from drugs, alcohol and discrimination - full of positive leadership, helping youth stay in school and create a better future.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The goal of the SuAnne Big Crow Boys & Girls Club in these tough times is to provide a positive environment for our members. With the daily challenges of life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation - parents suffering from unemployment, alcoholism, and diabetes rate significantly higher than the national average - the youth of Pine Ridge are often without positive role models, adding to the cycle of poverty. A place like the club in necessary to keep kids in school and create a brighter future.
How will this project solve this problem?
The Club will provide a positive environment for the youth of Pine Ridge to flourish, the kids from the club will untimately have higher self-esteem, pride which will keep them in school, and the ability to make strong choices against drugs, gangs and violence. Programming at the club ranges from smart and healthy nutrition courses, after school homework help, job training, various fitness opportunities and sports leagues. All programming strives ultimately to create good decisionmakers.
Potential Long Term Impact
The club has the potential to break the cycle of poverty for local youth and their families. The club fills a much needed void, providing one of the only positive places for children in the region. The club empowers youth to become leaders, decisionmakers and stewards of their futures. Ideally, with the help of the club, these youth will graduate from high school and become successful adults, allowing them to rise from poverty - inspiring the generations to follow.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.