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Oyate Community Center - Family Services

cfsHEAPC’s Oyate Community Center is dedicated to the implementation of programs and services that make an impact on the community in which the organization is located. The Center administers a number of youth, adult, and family-centered programs, which is located in the Heart of Lakota Community Homes. Through the Oyate Community Center, HEAPC works toward four broad goals:

  • Development of a thriving community center where residents of Lakota Community Homes and the surrounding community can feel safe to participate in activities that strengthen family and community ties.
  • Increase youth and young adult learning opportunities beyond the classroom.
  • Increase youth and young adult engagement in activities that are culturally enriching.
  • Decrease high-risk behavior among at-risk youth, young adults, and convicted offenders re-entering the community.

 

 

Youth Programming

The Oyate Community Center provides science and cultural enrichment beyond the k-12 classroom to more than 195 youth annually. Youth programs are implemented in blocks for youth 7 years and older and cover a variety of topics related to: 1. Science, technology, engineering, and medical fields; 2. Lakota language and culture; 3. Leadership; and 4. Art and music. In addition to mentored learning, young people are encouraged to be physically active.

Health Promotion

The Oyate Community Center hosts regular community events and trainings that are intended to promote healthy lifestyle choices and decrease preventable disease. Community members are encouraged to take control of their health and the health of their families. Educational topics include, but are not limited to healthy eating, improving health literacy, breastfeeding techniques, and how to quit smoking. Health education opportunities are provided to both youth and adults. Two annual health education events include National Women’s Health Weekand the Black Hills Free Flu Shot Clinics.

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Prevention

HEAPC is a state accredited prevention agency and delivers high quality prevention services through the Oyate Community Center. The abuse of alcohol, commercial tobacco, and other drugs (ATODs) takes a heavy toll on health and wellbeing of families and the entire community. The Oyate Center offers evidence-based programming for the prevention of ATODs in primary prevention (youth-focused), early intervention (young adult-focused), and relapse support (adult).

Prevention Meeting
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