Lakota Children's Enrichment, Inc.

aka LCE   |   Scarsdale, NY   |  http://lakotachildren.org/

Mission

We empower Lakota youth on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and amplify their voices by providing opportunities in the arts, education, literacy, sports, leadership and mentorship. Lakota Children’s Enrichment’s programs meet specific needs of schools and community partners, and incorporate input from LCE’s Youth Advisory Board. LCE also provides education about the history and obstacles facing American Indian communities today.

Notes from the nonprofit

What does injustice look like?
It looks like the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where unemployment hovers around 80%, drop out rates over 60%, the average reading level is 5th grade level and attempted suicides are an epidemic. Pine Ridge is a community that the United Nations has called one of the most marginalized and historically wronged indigenous communities in the world, a dubious distinction for a community located in the heartland of the world’s richest nation.

We are willing:
to stand out to stand beside the Lakota and other indigenous communities and to help strengthen their voices in dialogues
that directly and indirectly impact them.
to call for reconciliation and the enforcement of moral and legal obligations that have been ignored for too long.
to help open doors for all of America’s children, because we believe that all children deserve the same chance to succeed,
regardless of where they were born or their heritage.

We Challenge YOU
to tell us WHO instead of YOU, should take action NOW?
to explain WHY you should wait for someone else to change the world?
to LEARN the history and legal obligations to the Lakota on Pine Ridge Reservation.
to take action.

We offer a different kind of return on your investment; one that changes lives.
Help us change the way that Americans view injustice in America.

Ruling year info

2009

Founder and CEO

Maggie Dunne

Chief Operating Officer and Director

Cindy Dunne

Main address

P.O. Box 581

Scarsdale, NY 10583 USA

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Formerly known as

Lakota Pine Ridge Children's Enrichment Project, Ltd.

EIN

26-4258236

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

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Our programs

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Game Changers Youth Summits

These programs provide unique, productive fo- rums for middle school, high school and young adults (ages 11-24) to engage in service activities and share their ideas and aspirations for the future through leadership workshops led by leaders inside and outside the community, followed by discussion groups led by our Youth Advisory Board. Summits have different themes and run throughout the year.

Population(s) Served

This program challenges youth and young adults (13-24) to create a written, spoken word or artistic entry based upon an assigned prompt.
A panel of renowned judges select winners and runners-up who are presented with monetary prizes and have their work published. The schools of the Grand Prize winners each receive a $1,000 grant, which is applied towards essential needs. All entrants receive a Certificate of Achievement. Judges have included: Nobel Peace Prize Winner Laureate Jody Williams, Spoken Word Sensation Jasmine Mans, Armenian Genocide expert Peter Balakian and Iranian American Susanne Pari.

Population(s) Served

The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a community of emerging leaders from across the Pine Ridge Reservation, who serve as ambassadors for Lakota Children’s Enrichment, Inc. YAB members provide LCE with concerns, relevant trends, feedback and guidance on issues impacting their lives, and also help shape LCE’s programs. Through mentorship and leadership training, LCE helps these young adults develop the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary to remain in school, and to become good leaders and activists. YAB members are from communities across the reservation and are proving that anything is possible.

Population(s) Served

Our annual campaigns collect books, art, writing, music and sports equipment to restore programs that have been cut due to budget restrictions. Studies have shown that students who participate in arts and/or music programs are three times more likely to win an attendance award, and that access to curricular and extracurricular arts and sports programs lowers drop out rates. Many schools lack the essential equipment and materials for arts programs, they have skeletal book supplies and their students lack proper shoes and equipment to participate in sports programs. We’re filling those gaps by sponsoring sports, art, music, libraries and other school and community based enrichment programs.

Population(s) Served

We support local grass-roots initiatives, on a case-by-case basis, by providing stipends and seed-funding for local volunteerism and unique opportunities. For example, in 2014 we supported a college tour led by teachers for High School students. We occasionally fill wish lists for families and children facing extreme need. We sponsor Lakota dance, culture and Language revitalization initiatives. We also accept and review proposals from youth for projects they want to lead.

Population(s) Served

We produce holiday parties for children in the communities of Kyle and Pine Ridge. In addition we provide many schools with toys to use in incentive programs, day cares and preschools. Our big drives and purchases are sent to the Reservation in December. Parties are run by Youth Advisory Board members, under the supervision of adult mentors.

Population(s) Served

Through the President’s Volunteer Service Awards, we promote advocacy and volunteerism. Our volunteers from across the country log in hours of service.

Population(s) Served

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Awards

Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship 2014

The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation

Cordes Fellowship 2014

Opportunity Collaboration

Champion for Change 2014

Center for Native American Youth

Scholastic Books Literacy Champion 2012

Scholastic Books

Woman of Achievement 2014

Delta Delta Delta

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Lakota Children's Enrichment, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 9/17/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Maggie Dunne

http://lakotachildren.org/

Term: Jan 2009 -

Timothy Dunne CEO

PEFCO (Private Export Funding Co)

Susanne Pari Journalist and Author

Ujju Mahatme Corporate Lawyer

Mahatme Bitterman PLLC

Cynthia Dunne COO and Director

http://lakotachildren.org/

Nora Steinman

Lendit

Brandon Steiner CEO

Steiner Sports

Brenda Schad

Anna Elise Walton