MARTIN – On Friday, May 27, 2016, there will be an opening and blessing of a youth center at 1 p.m. with speakers and food to follow.
The My Space Youth Center is located at 1429 Apple Lane at Sunrise Housing and is a tan modular home building. The youth center project was developed by Craig Dillon, LaCreek District’s Oglala Sioux Tribal Council representative and the Wild Horse Butte Development Corporation. The Dietel Foundation funded the equipment and entertainment devices for the youth center. The center will be staffed by four volunteers until funding for permanent staff can be acquired.
Kim Clausen, director of the WHBDC, said the coordination between the Dillon and the corporation’s support brought this vision to reality with the help of various funding sources. “We have a need to have a positive place of learning for the children to hang out at,” Clausen emphasized. The youth center will also offer coordinate events where culture and history will be supported by coordination of other organizations.
The agenda line-up includes speakers for the event will include Dillion and WHBDC board and staff. Blessing will be by Mike Cross with Enos Poor Bear’s honoring songs. A meal will be served but people attending can bring side dishes to help fed the children. There will be door prizes. The opening ceremony will also reveal what is available for youth at the center.
Clausen emphasized area youth are encouraged to attend as a meeting with the youth will be held after the opening event to get their input on future activities as well as reviewing the rules for the youth center.
The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. as volunteer staffing permits.