Sunday, December 8, 2019

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YMCA and AmeriCorps NCCC work together

An AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) team is serving with YMCA Camp Marrowbone from July 15 to September 4. The team is supporting the implementation of summer camp programming at Camp Marrowbone.

The AmeriCorps NCCC team of nine from the North Central Region campus in Vinton, Iowa is focusing on youth development, cultural preservation/education, and community outreach in partnership with Camp Marrowbone and the Sioux YMCA in Dupree, SD. The team is serving alongside other staff to lead week-long camp session from July 15 through August 9. Activities the team is helping facilitate are water craft activities, playing traditional Lakota games, and facilitating fun and informational programs with the nearby Swiftbird community. In addition, members are cleaning, closing down and winterizing camp facilities following the end of camp season. At the Sioux YMCA main facility, members are helping with facilities improvement projects.

Through their service, AmeriCorps NCCC members are helping to develop and strengthen children and families in the surrounding communities. The team’s work will support programs that strive to help local kids meet their mental, physical and spiritual potential through fun activities and promoting Lakota culture.

“I am extremely excited to work with the Sioux YMCA and learn more about Lakota culture while interacting with the kids,” says Bushra Varachia from Troy, Michigan.

The Sioux YMCA serves the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation by providing families and children with afterschool and day camp, family fun days, field trips, teen leadership opportunities, and overnight resident camp. Children at Camp Marrowbone will primarily be enrolled tribal members from local communities. The Sioux YMCA is actively working to remove barriers to children’s success by offering programs free of charge throughout the year, picking up participants from their homes, providing personal supplies, meals, and emotional support.

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and its FEMA Corps unit engages up to 2,800 young Americans in a full-time, 10-month commitment to service each year. AmeriCorps NCCC members address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, and urban and rural development; FEMA Corps members are solely dedicated to disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery work. The programs are administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs and leads the nation’s volunteering and service efforts. For more information, visit