Who: the Sioux YMCA works with community members rather than for them 

The mission of the Sioux YMCA is to empower the children and families in the communities on the Cheyenne River Reservation to fulfill their greatest individual and collective potential. They offer academic, artistic, athletic, cultural and recreational programming out of their main building in Dupree, SD and their unique summer camp site at Lake Oahe, as well as in communities and schools across the reservation.

Why

The Sioux YMCA is working on a growth strategy to enhance the reach of their existing programs while increasing their self-sufficiency. Their robust volunteer network means that they regularly host visitors who provide essential services to their programs. We are strategizing on the design for a new building that will include short and long term housing options for these valuable volunteers, as well as for donors and funding partners. With flexible gathering space for meetings, activities and events, this new building allows them to enhance their community programming with reliable additional space and capacity for volunteers.

How

A ground-up building for the Sioux YMCA strengthens their position on the reservation and offers the chance to build a strong, safe, well designed space that represents the values of program and community. The building process gives them an important opportunity to engage the community with volunteer and local labor opportunities, workshops and local design opportunities. All of this strengthens the Sioux YMCAʼs vision of creating a place of learning and sharing for the entire community.