Youth Board Star: Summer Montileaux

SummerMontileauxWe are proud to announce that Youth Advisory Board Co-Founding member Summer Montileaux, a Freshman at the Red Cloud High School, has been awarded a Disney Friends for Change grant to present healthy food and nutrition training to her peers at Lakota Children Enrichment’s Game Changers Youth Summit on Global Youth Service Day April 12, 2014 (#GYSD), on the Pine Ridge Reservation, SD. Summer, who one day plans to be a pediatrician, proposed a grant entitled “Harvesting Ideas to End Childhood Hunger,” and according to Disney, among the many grant applications they received, Summer’s stood out as one of the best.

 What is so spectacular about this award?  Well, the application was moderately intimidating (no offense Disney) and Summer, who commutes about an hour each way every day to school, followed-through to complete the process. With this grant Summer will be able to work with the LCE VolunTEAM and will take the lead on our health and wellness initiatives.

We first met Summer last year, when she was named a Runner-Up in LCE’s First Writing Challenge, which asked students to write about an inspirational woman in their community.   Summer blew away the Writing Challenge judges with her thoughtful poem about her mother. We invited her to become a Co-Founding member of LCE’s Youth Advisory Board, and she enthusiastically agreed.

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Summer is third from the left (in the Santa hat in the Center) with a team of helpers from the 2013 Holiday Party LCE produced with the help of the Suanne Big Crow Boys and Girls Club!

Most recently, Summer helped produce a toy drive (she helped package, inventory and distributed more than 200 toys) and she is planning to build a community garden this spring.  Last month, Summer was awarded an Honorable Mention by the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute in its Champion for Change recognition program. Go Summer!

Lakota Children’s Enrichment is a certified “Lead Agency” for #GYSD2014,  in partnership with Youth Service America (YSA).  YSA is a national nonprofit that works with young people and their adult mentors, to improve communities by increasing the number and diversity of young people serving in substantive roles. We extend a huge Wopila, “thanks” to YSA, State Farm Insurance, Disney and Festival of Children for their administrative and financial support for our #GYSD2014 activities for  youth on the Pine Ridge Reservation. #GettingReady!

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