by LCE Intern Jordan Kolinski
Summer Montileaux, LCE Youth Board’s Vice Chair in charge of Wellness, received an invitation to represent the Oglala Lakota Nation at the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering in July 2015. Unfortunately, the tribe does not have available funds to send her to the Native Youth Gathering… If you can, please help by DONATING directly to LCE, or by contributing to Summer’s Crowdrise Fundraiser. All contributions are tax-deductible and any extra funds will go towards LCE’s youth-led programs on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Romance Novelist Sarah M. Anderson nominated LCE President Maggie Dunne for the Harlequin More Than Words Award, which recognizes women who are changing lives “one good deed at a time.” Maggie is a finalist for the award and the three with the most votes will win a $15,000 grant for their charities! Please cast your VOTE for Maggie HERE once every 24 hours: it takes about 3 seconds, it’s FREE, and there’s no registration required.
On May 4th, the New York Times published a front page article on a suicide cluster among youth on the Pine Ridge Reservation. On May 11, 2015, the NY Times published Maggie Dunne’s Letter to the Editor responding to that article, where she wrote, in part: “Quality education, opportunities and the possibility of success should not be tied to heritage, geography or the family into which a child is born.” For LCE’s fuller response to the NY Times coverage — incorporating the voices of youth from the Pine Ridge Reservation — see our most recent Call to Action.
Youth Advisory Board members have continued to shoot for the stars!
As a Lead Agency for Youth Service America’s Global Youth Service Day (#GYSD) we produced events throughout the month of April.