LCE Founder Maggie Dunne applied for a TED license to produce a TEDxYouth event in Rapid City, South Dakota. Her goal was to produce an event which engaged both Native and Non-Native Youth as speakers and helpers and allowed them to engage in dialogues about their ideas worth spreading. After the application and review process was completed, TEDxYouth@DinosaurPark was born and WOW was it a success!
Among the speakers who shined were:
The event took a Village to Produce.
Organizers were: Maggie Dunne (Lead Organizer and Speaker Coach), Cindy Dunne (Organizer and Speaker Coach), Troy Fitzpatrick (Organizer and Venue Coordinator), the Journey Museum and Learning Center (event venue), the FILM ROCKERS videography team at the SD School of Mines, William White Photography (check out the Flikr Album), The South Dakota School of Mines (made the TEDx Lettering for the event), Office Depot Office Max in Rapid City, the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City and and a cast of more than 40 adult and youth helpers from Rapid City, Pine Ridge Reservation which reached into the local Rotary Clubs, LCE’s Youth Board and engaged Native and Non-Native community members.
We have assembled some of the videos here below…. ENJOY!
Special props go out to the SD School of Mines’ FilmRockers. Lead Media Director John Harrison coordinated all media necessary for filming, was a cameraman during the event and then edited all of the videos in the project! Thanks also to FilmRockers cameramen: Ezra Thorson, Charles Heyer, and Brian Roberts. You guys rock!
TEDxYouth@DinosaurPark took place in April 2016 and is the first TEDxYouth event ever produced in Rapid City, South Dakota.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.
TEDxYouth@DinosaurPark, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, like ours, are self-organized.
Learn more about TEDx HERE.
Lakota Children’s Enrichment extends many thanks to the Rotary Club of Scarsdale New York for their amazing support – which has come in so many different ways:
LCE President Maggie Dunne said, “It takes a village — a generous village — to keep our programs going, and we are completely blown away by the generosity of the Scarsdale Rotary Club.”
Maggie first learned about the club when she was in High School in 2009, when she was awarded a scholarship for record of service. LCE received its first grant from the Scarsdale Rotary in 2012, to fund prizes in LCE’s First Annual Writing Challenge. LCE will be one of the beneficiaries of Scarsdale Rotary Club’s 2017 Fundraiser, so SAVE THE DATE for April, 6 2017!
The Scarsdale Rotary Club meets every Tuesday from 12 – 1:30pm at:
874 Scarsdale Ave
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Email them if you would like to get involved and like them on Facebook!
Please help us fund one of our most ambitious and important fundraisers.
Charles, age 6, has lymphoblastic leukemia, a form of blood cancer. A member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, Charles lives with his family in a condemned trailer on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Like all children with cancer, Charles faces an uncertain future.
Charles lives in one of the poorest counties in our nation. Although the community reports an unemployment rate of appx 80%, both his mother and father had jobs until Charles got sick. Due to Charles’ medical condition, however, his mother had to quit her job.
Housing and health care are managed on Pine Ridge Reservation by severely underfunded federal programs which have placed an extraordinary burden on Charles and his family.
They’re Living In Condemned Housing
Charles and his 3 siblings, his parents and his 4 cousins — a total of 8 people– live in a two room trailer that was condemned months ago. There is a big crack in the ceiling and rain flows into the premises. They had to rip out the carpeting, as it was filled with mold.
Their application to FEMA for a new trailer recently was denied. When they appealed the denial, the family learned that while the appeal was pending all of the remaining trailers were distributed. They learned that the earliest they will be eligible for a new trailer is 2017.
The living conditions necessarily will make the recovery much harder for Charles, and further, jeopardizes the health of the entire family.
They Must Travel Hours for Medical Care
The Indian Health Services will not permit Charles to receive treatment for cancer in the surrounding region. He must travel to Sioux Falls, SD — about 5-6 hours away from his residence– to get routine and emergency treatments.
Please read the full story and materials at the below link, and share what you can with this wonderful little boy and his family. Small contributions add up.
Together, we can help CHARLES KICK CANCER!
All donations are tax-deductible. All funds raised will go to Charles and his family (less the credit card or Crowdrise processing fees).
LCE Founder Maggie Dunne spoke in June of 2016 at the first ever White House United State of Women Summit produced by the White House Council on Women and Girls. She was in good company with an all-star agenda that included presentations by President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah, Kerry Washington, Vice President Biden, Valerie Jarrett, Gloria Steinem, and Meryl Streep, just to name a few of many big names.
Founder Maggie Dunne explained how she came to be a speaker at the Summit: “I heard about the Summit from a friend and immediately applied to attend. A few weeks later, I received an invitation to speak at the Summit and, of course, I accepted the invitation! The event was organized by Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett who assembled a collection of amazing women with positive and inspirational messages. I spoke on a panel, but also attended many inspirational talks and panel discussions. I left the Summit feeling positive, confident and motivated!”
Maggie published an article in FORBES Magazine about her reflections on the Summit, which focused on six key topics: economic empowerment, health and wellness, education, violence against women, entrepreneurship and innovation and leadership, and civic engagement.
After her presentation, Maggie was interviewed by Native American Television, NATV.
The video interview is posted below. Enjoy!
Team LCE went to Antarctica in April of 2016 with the IAE Expedition led by Robert Swan, and considered the journey a tremendous success. LCE youth representative Payton Sierra reported that she left Antarctica with enthusiasm to share her experiences with youth in her community, and also to learn more about environmental sciences!
During the course of the expedition, Payton wrote a poem, entitled “Simplicity,” that she shared with the group on our final night of reflection. Payton Sierra was awarded the 2041 Foundation “Bryce Courtney Award,” for her willingness to share her story and reflections with the team, and for her peer leadership.
LCE would like to give huge thanks to our sponsors who made this expedition possible including the 2041 Foundation, Calvert Investments, and the Ungar and Peckham Families.
Enjoy Payton’s poem below!
It is truly amazing.
It holds the world.
So many different countries and people,
Different cultures and belief systems.
And although we all have
we all have one big plan for our universe.
but we can’t make change
without taking a chance.
So we’re meeting new people,
learning new things;
and creating our own paths.
If you could really understand a person;
when they tell you their stories.
You can see how bright their eyes light up,
like a child’s on Christmas morning,
thinking all they could wish for
could be sitting under that tree.
And it’s all so blissful.
Our souls reflect off of each other like crystals.
While we’re out here recollecting
our earths innocence and purity.
All while knowing,
the seals aren’t so innocent,
and the ‘not’ so whispering winds tell us,
the sea holds the secrets
But that’s what makes all of it so great.
It’s a mystery.
Having to ask for help,
because we are not afraid to admit to our mistakes.
So together as one, we will rise up as a nation.
So let this be known,
the switch of determination is on.
And this light that we are all
creating will burn so bright,
that eventually the world will
have to pay attention.
– Payton Sierra, 16 years old.