Top 5 News Stories You Don’t Want to Miss

by LCE Intern Jordan Kolinski

It’s Been a Busy Spring!

1.  Summer’s Going To The White House!

SummerWEBrushmoeSummer 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.

2.  “Quick Click” Can Earn LCE a $15K Grant!

Harlequin Award DunneRomance 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.

3.  Our Letter Published in the NY Times

Maggie Headshot AlleyOn 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.

4.  LCE Youth Board Members Rising!

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Youth Advisory Board members have continued to shoot for the stars!

  • First up is LCE Youth Board Chair Keith Martinez, who won the very prestigious Harry S Truman Scholarship for graduate studies, recognizing his commitment to service.
  • Second up is LCE Youth Board Vice Chair in charge of Education, Bobby Pourier Jr, who will spend the summer in an internship at the NIH and then as a Yale Global Leader!
  • Third up is LCE Youth Board Vice Chair in Charge of Wellness, Summer Montileaux, who received scholarships to attend College Horizons (Bowdin), the American Indian Summer Institute (UCLA, Irvine), for gifted youth leaders and will enter the Scarsdale STEP program in the Fall.
  • Fourth, both Bobbie and Summer will represent the Oglala Lakota at the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering. Bobby will already be in DC for his internship with NIH and Summer (as mentioned above) is fundraising to get there!
  • WOW and stay tuned for MORE TO COME!
5.  Global Youth Service Day Celebrations

GYSDBoardAs a Lead Agency for Youth Service America’s Global Youth Service Day (#GYSD) we produced events throughout the month of April.

Art Finished ProductOur programs can’t continue without the generosity of people like YOU, who are willing to #InvestInNativeYouth!


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