Running Strong for American Indian Youth (American Indian Youth Running Strong)

aka Running Strong for American Indian Youth   |   Alexandria, VA   |  www.indianyouth.org

Mission

Running Strong's mission is to help American Indian people meet their immediate survival needs – food, water, and shelter – while implementing and supporting programs designed to create opportunities for self-sufficiency and self-esteem.

Ruling year info

1985

General Counsel / Acting Executive Director

Mr. Paul Krizek

Main address

8301 Richmond Highway Ste 200

Alexandria, VA 22309 USA

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EIN

54-1594578

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food, Water and Critical Needs

Many Indian families are unable to meet their basic needs due to poverty and remote living conditions. Running Strong tries to address this issue by providing the necessities to those who are struggling. We send new coats, hats, gloves, and shoes to American Indian families who are unable to afford them. We also distribute hygiene kits, blankets, bedding and other household staples. Helping to improve Indian people's daily lives is critical, and is the first step in bringing about bigger change.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Running Strong for American Indian Youth® believes in the dreams of young American Indians: creating stronger communities, overcoming poverty, and building a better tomorrow for themselves and their families. Each year Running Strong awards ten $10,000 competitive grants to youth and their mentoring agency to support the dreams of Native youth for their communities. For more information, visit www.IndianYouth.org/Dreamstarter

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Running Strong creates a new generation of American Indian leaders who demonstrate healthy lifestyles and confidence in their heritage. Organic gardens and food programs bring healthy nutritious foods the remote parts of Indian Country. Running Strong helps Indian Nations preserve their traditional language and culture for future generations.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Where we work

Awards

Presidential Citizens Award 2014

United States of America

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Healthy Food Boxes to combat food insecurity and childhood hunger in Native communities.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth

Related Program

Food, Water and Critical Needs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We regularly donate 35 lb food boxes to fight insecurity on Pine Ridge & Cheyenne River Reserv. In 2020, we more than doubled the amount of boxes and expanded our reach during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Number of Oglala Lakota Families connected to safe, clean water on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

Food, Water and Critical Needs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Running Strong has been connecting Native families to safe water since 1986, helping 609 families. In 2019 we doubled our budget and are committed to keep working until no one has to haul water.

Number of families assisted through our Emergency Heat Match program on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to keep children warm during the harsh winter months.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

Food, Water and Critical Needs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Running Strong provides a 1:1 $100 match to families on Pine Ridge to keep warm during the tough Northern Plains winters. In FY21 an additional match in honor of and to help Pine Ridge veterans.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Running Strong for American Indian Youth® aims to strengthen American Indian communities across the nation. We focus on American Indian youth and work to create opportunities and improve lives. We tackle complex challenges that stem from years of oppression and poverty. Our longstanding partnerships in Indian Country work to create sustainable change in Native communities.

Running Strong works with local programs to strengthen American Indian reservation communities across the United States. Our National Spokesperson, Olympic Champion Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota) is an active role model for Native children, encouraging them to live their lives with courage, dignity and pride. Our Dreamstarter program identifies 10 Native youth each year donates $10,000 to their mentor organization to bring each youth's dream to life. Dreamstarter has grown to include Dreamstarter Teacher and Dreamstarter Creative as we build our networks of committed youth and community leaders. All of our programs grow out of community identified needs, matching our experience with local resources. Running Strong's long-term development programs range from organic gardening and nutrition, emergency heat assistance and home repairs We also support language and culture programs and do not shy away from capital projects. Many reservation communities need infrastructure and we've worked to provide it by building homes, food pantries, dialysis clinics and youth centers. Our ultimate goal is to build healthy communities to nurture today's and future generations of American Indian youth.

Running Strong is one of the most effective nonprofits serving American Indian families in the nation. For over 25 years, with our National Spokesperson, Billy Mills, we have improved the quality of life of American Indian families living on and off reservation. Billy recently received the Presidential Citizens Award, the nation's 2nd highest honor, for public service for his work with Running Strong. For more information, visit www.IndianYouth.org.

Running Strong has been awarded the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence after rigorous independent reviews certified that Running Strong meets the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness.

The Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance has noted Running Strong's efficiency and found that Running Strong meets the "Standards for Charitable Accountability."

Running Strong is also an active member of the Native Ways Federation. In 2006, 7 leading national American Indian non-profits came together to strengthen the circle of giving by uniting Native organizations, to better serve Native communities by becoming more effective Native nonprofit organizations, and to ensure that nonprofit organizations working on behalf of Native communities observe the highest levels of ethical standards and fiscal responsibility. Our membership in the Native Ways Federation shows that the work of Running Strong is held to the highest standards of responsibility.

Dreamstarter (Nationwide) - In 2014 Running Strong celebrated Billy Mills' 50th Anniversary of achieving his dream – to win the Olympic gold medal, and he has used this victory ever since to give back to the American Indian communities, we believe in a brighter future and know that our youth are the ones that can lead us there. In honor of this historic anniversary, Running Strong launched the Dreamstarter™ grant program. Each year, $10K grants have been awarded to projects addressing a different theme (Wellness, Arts & Culture, Education, Science & the Environment, Entrepreneurship and for 2022 - Social Action!
After 5 years, Running Strong chooses 5 Dreamstarters as Dreamstarter Golds with a $50,000 grant each to take their dream to the next level.

Clean water has been a major part of our work since we first began. Running Strong has returned to its roots to provide families with what most Americans take for granted – running water – by connecting their homes to safe water on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Food & Critical Needs for Native children– (Nationwide). Each year Running Strong provides thousands of healthy food boxes to feed children on Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Indian Reservations along with seasonal meals of turkeys and new toys for Christmas. We donate new backpacks filled with school supplies, winter coats, gloves and boots, shoes, socks and dental kits in Native communities nationwide.

Language and Culture - (Nationwide). Running Strong provides substantial support to the Brave Heart Society and Yuchi Language Project among others to support local efforts to teach cultural ways of knowing to the next generation.

Organic Gardens (Nationwide) –Running Strong provides substantial support to Oyate Teca's Medicine Root Gardens which teaches local gardeners how to grow, eat and sell their own healthy produce. We also support traditional foods gardens and garden education shows in Native communities.

Financials

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Running Strong for American Indian Youth (American Indian Youth Running Strong)

Board of directors
as of 10/07/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. James O'Brien

James O'Brien

O'Brien Law LLC

Emil Her Many Horses

National Museum of the American Indian

Ashley Morris

CB Richardson

Elayne Silversmith

Smithsonian Libraries National Museum of the American Indian

Loretta Afraid of Bear Cook

Eric Jones

U.S. Coast Guard Executive Assistant to USCG Deputy Commandant for Operations

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/7/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/30/2021

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.