Our Approach

We Put Youth
First

Our focus on youth programs fosters change across age groups and entire communities.

American Indian-Led

Our leadership is committed to preserving the traditions, languages and sanctity of American Indian communities.

We Help Where Needed Most

Rather than coming into a community and announcing what we will do, we listen to what our partners tell us they need.

Billy Mills

Billy Mills, Oglala Lakota (Sioux) is Running Strong’s National Spokesperson. An Olympic gold medalist at the 1964 Olympics, Billy has dedicated his life to serving Native American communities.

Program Spotlight

Organic Food and Gardens 

Our organic gardens and food programs tackle malnutrition by providing healthy meals and fresh produce to Native American children and their families. We help to establish community gardens, household gardens, and communal greenhouse programs while also integrating educational and cultural aspects and how to plant traditional gardens.

Program Spotlight

Clean Water

When Running Strong for American Indian Youth® was formed in 1986, getting clean, safe drinking water to the residents of Pine Ridge was one of our top priorities. Previously, Running Strong satisfied this need by drilling water wells. However, the need for wells declined as the Oglala Sioux Rural Water Supply System was created and water lines were laid providing access to water. This past year through Diné NaabehóTó (the Navajo People’s Water Challenge), Running Strong connected 13 households to water in these communities, providing 92 individuals with access to clean, running water.  

Dreamstarter

When Running Strong for American Indian Youth® was formed in 1986, getting clean, safe drinking water to the residents of Pine Ridge was one of our top priorities. Previously, Running Strong satisfied this need by drilling water wells. However, the need for wells declined as the Oglala Sioux Rural Water Supply System was created and water lines were laid providing access to water.

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During the school year, kids on the Cheyenne River reservation get a healthy breakfast and lunch at school. But in the summer, many of them may face hunger and food insecurity.

Your donation can make a huge difference by helping provide nutritious meals for these children throughout the summer months. Together, we can ensure they have the nourishment they need to thrive. ❤️

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During the school year, kids on the Cheyenne River reservation get a healthy breakfast and lunch at school. But in the summer, many of them may face hunger and food insecurity.

Your donation can make a huge difference by helping provide nutritious meals for these children throughout the summer months. Together, we can ensure they have the nourishment they need to thrive. ❤️

https://harnessgiving.pulse.ly/vi5fh2q14j

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Create places where kids can get meals

We’re inviting Educators, Administrators, and Teachers that serve at schools with a high concentration of Native students to apply for a grant of up to $5,000.00 to use in their schools! You do not have to be Native to apply, Funds can be used for: field trips, after school clubs, technology, supplies and materials, new curriculum, development, renovations, accessibility.

Not sure if your idea is relevant? Email us! Dreamstarter@indianyouth.org
#nativeteachers #nativepride #Dreamstarter #native #nativeeducators #nativesports
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We’re inviting Educators, Administrators, and Teachers that serve at schools with a high concentration of Native students to apply for a grant of up to $5,000.00 to use in their schools! You do not have to be Native to apply, Funds can be used for: field trips, after school clubs, technology, supplies and materials, new curriculum, development, renovations, accessibility. 

Not sure if your idea is relevant? Email us! Dreamstarter@indianyouth.org
 #nativeteachers #nativepride #Dreamstarter #native #nativeeducators #nativesports

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Is this available to teachers in Canada?

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Help us provide meals for children living on the nation's poorest native reservation. Just $15 can feed a child for an entire week.

Your donation to the children of the Cheyenne River Reservation ensures they have a reliable source of food this summer.

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Mr mills is rich enough he should do it if he really cares about Native kids ior just in it for his ego. Bet this is taken down in 6 months don't like the truth or free soeach

We are very excited to announce our 2024 Class of Dreamstarter Creatives!

Art is an intrinsic part of Native American culture, and Native artists are cultural stewards. We are proud to continue our support of the arts and uplifting Native American Creatives. This year, 2024 Dreamstarter Creatives are focused on sharing, representing, and preserving both traditional and modern Native stories.

Congratulations to all of our wonderful artists! To learn more about each artist visit: indianyouth.org/dreamstartercreative/
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We are very excited to announce our 2024 Class of Dreamstarter Creatives! 

Art is an intrinsic part of Native American culture, and Native artists are cultural stewards. We are proud to continue our support of the arts and uplifting Native American Creatives. This year, 2024 Dreamstarter Creatives are focused on sharing, representing, and preserving both traditional and modern Native stories.

Congratulations to all of our wonderful artists! To learn more about each artist visit: https://indianyouth.org/dreamstartercreative/Image attachmentImage attachment+8Image attachment

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Exciting news! 🏅 Today, on Global Running Day, we're thrilled to announce this year's launch of the 2024 Dream Like Billy Virtual Race, an event dedicated to supporting Native American youth. 🙌

Mark your calendars! 📅 From June 30th to July 30th, we'll be hosting the 2024 "Dream Like Billy" Virtual Race to celebrate our co-founder Billy Mills' birthday and continue his legacy of giving back. 🎂 Registration begins today!

We need your support! 💪 Will you join us in walking, running, or racing to promote a healthier future for Native American youth? Your participation can make a huge difference in their lives. 😊

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Exciting news! 🏅 Today, on Global Running Day, were thrilled to announce this years launch of the 2024 Dream Like Billy Virtual Race, an event dedicated to supporting Native American youth. 🙌

Mark your calendars! 📅 From June 30th to July 30th, well be hosting the 2024 Dream Like Billy Virtual Race to celebrate our co-founder Billy Mills birthday and continue his legacy of giving back. 🎂   Registration begins today!

We need your support! 💪 Will you join us in walking, running, or racing to promote a healthier future for Native American youth? Your participation can make a huge difference in their lives. 😊

https://elitefeats.pulse.ly/qtfv1j7ofn

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Support the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, one of the nation's most impoverished communities. Your contribution ensures that Native children do not go hungry this summer, Donate today and make a lasting difference in their lives.

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Support the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, one of the nations most impoverished communities. Your contribution ensures that Native children do not go hungry this summer,  Donate today and make a lasting difference in their lives.

https://runningstrong.harnessgiving.org/campaigns/11109
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