(Editor’s note: For Genevieve)
Too often we forget to tell others that we care for them. This is especially true when it comes to the young adults within our communities. When these young people are still in school we tell them not to give up on their dreams.
We help them with homework, we help them get to school, we encourage them to apply for college.
Then they do it- they graduate and receive their diplomas, and we beam with pride. In an instant, they become adults and far too often the encouraging words spoken to them begin to gradually decrease. No longer are they children who need guidance, reassurance, and love.
As a mother of a teenager, I tell my child that when she turns 18 years old, I do not expect her to know what she wants to do with her life.
And that is okay.
What she will and must know is that she can count on my everlasting support.
I am hopeful for her future and can imagine all the wonderful things that she will accomplish. Whatever they are, I will be with her every step of the way.
With that same optimism and outlook, I turn to the communities on Cheyenne River, and I am filled with happiness when I see a young person working. It could be a courtesy clerk or a cashier or a person answering phones at the CRST Command Center- no matter what the job description may be, I am proud to see young men and women working, contributing and earning a living.
With universities and colleges closing their institutions and halting in-person classes, many college students returned home to CRST. And with them came new outlooks, new ideas, new motivation.
Here on Cheyenne River, the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in new job opportunities with tribal public health checkpoints, the CRST Command Center, tribal deputies, and the overall tribal Covid-19 response.
When this nation needed them most, many of our young citizens answered the call and went straight to work.
Isn’t that amazing?
For some of these young adults, it is their first job. What useful and professional experience, skills and qualities they are gaining!
In my own profession, I had an employee leave West River Eagle to take up employment with the Tribe.
I could not be upset about this move- I had to support this decision, for how can I fault a young adult who is working toward building a good life for himself/herself?
So to all the young adults within our communities, know that you have supporters Know that what you do matters and that you make us proud. We want you to succeed.
We see you and we support you.