Prescott, AZ & Black Hills, SD
Since 1999, Running Strong has partnered with Indian Youth of America (IYA) to help support IYA’s youth camp program. IYA runs camps each summer that are created especially for American Indian children.
IYA’s youth camps, which host over 100 American Indian young people 10-14 each year, nurture pride in American Indian culture and identity, teach confidence-building skills, and offer activities in specialty interest areas such as science, gymnastics, and basketball.
Indian Youth of American summer camps also provide American Indian youth with positive activities to fill summer downtime that might otherwise be unsupervised and leave them vulnerable to peer pressure, criminal activity, and substance abuse. IYA camps instead provide opportunities that will help American Indian youth experience educational, career, personal, and cultural growth. IYA furthermore makes sure the camps are affordable for American Indian families by fundraising to cover much of the cost for campers.
“I know when the time comes I’ll be back & become a counselor and I will send my younger sibling to camp so she will follow in my footsteps of being an IYA camper.” – IYA youth camp camper