News Release

Sioux YMCA

The Sioux YMCA Global Indigenous Youth Summit (GIYS) virtual conference will begin on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 12:00 noon Mountain Time. To register, youth between the ages of 18 and 30 are invited to go to this link: https://www.siouxymca.org/giys, scroll down to “Register Now” and click on “Click Here!”

Global Indigenous Youth Summit, via Zoom this year as it was last year, is designed to create an open, diverse, and safe environment for discussions among indigenous and under-represented youth. Founded in understanding, compassion, and trust, it connects and provides youth with a safe platform to share their stories, issues, ideas, and problem-solving.

Global Indigenous Youth Summit helps indigenous youth expand their worldview through listening to the success of others, empowers them to develop solution-based approaches to the inequities they face, and builds a community on a global scale.

Registration is open to anyone looking to make a better future for indigenous youth, populations, and communities. All registered youth will receive a confirming email with the Zoom link to join the Summit.

One must have created a free Zoom account: https://www.zoom in order to participate. Zoom offers a full featured Basic Plan for free. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android.

Sioux YMCA, an independent nonprofit, was founded in 1879 and is located on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation, serving Lakota youth with a variety of year-round programming. Sioux YMCA’s CEO, Andrew Corley, said, “This 2021 Summit is the 3rd annual conference that gathers indigenous youth from around the world to communicate with one another about topics most important to them.”

Andrew Corley is a recognized leader in the worldwide YMCA movement. Designated as an Emerging Leader (under 30 years old), he presented at the World Alliance of YMCAs as a change-agent on the importance of mental health first-aid for summer camps. He heads a YMCA task force on global inclusiveness and diversity. His most recent efforts regard cultural appropriation of Native American regalia and names most notably at summer camps. He led a webinar to examine the history of cultural appropriation and has consulted with several organizations about change-making.

Sioux YMCA operates almost exclusively on grants and donations. For more information about Sioux YMCA, and to donate to the work being accomplished, visit www.siouxymca.org.  

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