Research has shown that between the hours of 3 and 6pm after school is when youth are prone to more high risk behaviors. This is the time that our afterschool programming takes place for up to 3 hours once a week.
The youth are given a wide variety of choices of hands on activities to chose from during these sessions: Regalia making, Hand Drum Making, Beading, Quill Work, Traditional Games, Team Dancing, Tipi Painting, Learning how to put up a Tipi, Story-telling from Elders, and more.
While the youth are working on their projects, culturally specific Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) Prevention is woven into the activity by sharing of cultural perspective and values through Lakota Story telling. All finished projects are for the youths to take home, so they have tangible reminders of their learning.