As part of our ongoing efforts to support under-served communities throughout the United States, Operation USA initiated a program to address health and educational challenges faced by the Ogala Sioux Tribe on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
In 2014, OpUSA partnered with the tribe’s Health Administration–providing staff with medical supplies for their preventative health care initiatives. At the SuAnne Big Crow Youth Center–which provides programming for the Youth including tutoring, athletics, computer literacy, and art and music classes–OpUSA also initiated a partnership. There, we supported a job training program allowing teens to participate in sessions on a variety of work-related topics including time and financial management, resume and cover letter writing, and interview skills.
Later in 2014 and into 2015—with propane costs at an all time high and winter weather lasting well into spring—OpUSA provided the financial resources necessary to cover heating and propane costs at the Center, and also purchased and delivered space heaters for distribution to elderly tribe members and single parent households.
In 2016, OpUSA is excited to include youths on Pine Ridge Reservation–and on the neighboring Rose Bud Reservation–in Project Re:Verb, a connected youth development initiative which aims to help teens see the world through one another’s eyes.