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The Allen Youth Center is operated by the Oglala Lakota of Allen, SD. It works to enrich the lives of community youth through culturally-based activities and learning experiences.

The guiding principles for all programs and activities focus on the Lakota virtues: Generosity, Respect, Wisdom, and Fortitude.

The mission of the youth center is to create a stronghold that inspires, educates, and informs the young people of the community.

The youth center offers support, mentoring and tutoring to help kids be successful both personally and academically. It’s programs are designed to teach kids about their culture, develop skills for their future, and be proud of who they are.


Postal and physical address of the Allen Youth Center

Allen Youth Center
P. O. Box 695
406 Water Tower Road
Allen, SD 57714

Mission, Vision and Values

  • Our Mission: to Create a stronghold that Inspires, Educates, and Informs our youth.
  • Our Vision: to Enrich the lives of the youth though Culturally Based activities.
  • Our Values: to Teach our youth Generosity, Respect, Wisdom, and Fortitude. 

Youth Center Activities

The Allen Youth Center is continually developing new programs to meet the needs of youth and the entire community.

Some of the regular weekly activities include:

  • Daily meals/snacks 6-7pm Monday-Saturday
  • Emergency food boxes are also available
  • Nature hikes
  • Classes in Art, Woodworking, Sewing
  • Library
  • Telescope
  • Musical Instruments
  • Movie Nights
  • Computers and internet
  • Pool table, Ping Pong and Football

The center hosts events, concerts, lectures, classes, etc. for any individual, group or organization on the Pine Ridge Reservation. There is no fee charged.

The facility is open to the entire reservation. The center has microphones and a PA system for lectures and performances, music equipment including drums, amps, guitars, bass etc.

Bands are welcome to rehearse there. If they want, they can give a performance (as long as youth from Allen could attend).

Performances of all kind are welcome: music, dance, theatre.

The Allen Youth Center also offers opportunities for those with expertise in an area to hold seminars that are open to the entire reservation.


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