Red Cloud Sophomore Wins Disney Grant to Help Community

posted September 17, 2014

Summer Montileaux '17 was named a 2014 Summer of Service Award winner by Youth Service America. The Summer of Service Award is funded by Disney ABC Television Group, in collaboration with Disney Friends for Change—an initiative that inspires kids and their families to make a lasting, positive change by helping people, communities and the planet. As a Summer of Service Award winner, Summer will receive a $1,000 grant to implement more service projects in her community, on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

In July of 2014, Summer prepared a flyer that gathered statistics about AIDS Awareness and Prevention on Pine Ridge and provided information about how to obtain free AIDS testing. Summer said she chose this topic because “it is a serious health issue and as a Lakota people, we cannot go on thinking that it is not here on our reservation. HIV/AIDS is here and the youth need to empower themselves with knowledge and make healthy choices...”

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Originally published on Lakota Children's Enrichment's website. Republished with permission.