IMG_2978 At the Cheyenne River Youth Project each summer, we help build dreams and equip kids with the tools to make those dreams a reality.

Our activities at the Main this year were themed around one question:
What do you want to be when you grow up?

 We had an Inspiration board where kids would draw, write and doodle what they wanted to be, what they saw for their future.

This trip, we met a girl named Lacie.  Lacie is 10 years old, and we found out the first day that she wanted to be a chef when she grows up.  Specifically, she wants to make desserts.  All week, she stood at the window of the kitchen before meals, talking with Maggie, LeaAnn, Debbie & company as they made food.  She asked Maggie if she could help make cakes later in the week, and Thursday’s chocolate cake became her project.

Lacie baked the cake, frosted the cake and decorated it with M&Ms in her own team apron. After dinner was served, she presented her cake to the kids and helped hand out pieces, glowing with pride.  She also got to take home the leftover pieces to share with her family.

To some kids, this moment is just cake, nothing big or important. To Lacie, this was a connection she made that directly related to her dreams for herself and her future. As a team, we got to invest in her toolbox to help give her the skills to make her dream a reality.

A South Dakota Story (6 Part Series)

  1. Introduction
  2. Transformation
  3. Dreams
  4. Team
  5. Cultural Identity
  6. Legacy

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