Train the TrainerLakota Circles of Hope (LCH) is an innovative culturally specific prevention curriculum that teaches students how to use their culture to deal more effectively with risky behaviors such as drugs, alcohol, tobacco usage, bullying, and suicide. The curriculum is intended to foster a positive Lakota identity and enhance students understanding of Lakota culture. Train the Trainers Training will provide schools an opportunity to be trained by LCH-Training Coaches. Each School District will be trained on how to use and implement the Lakota Circles of Hope Curriculum in their schools. The Training offers:
- 3 days of training from LCH-Coaches.
- Pre/Post Evaluation to students.
- Fidelity Observation Site Visit by LCH-Coaches.
- Coaching & Technical Site Visits.
- 1 Training Tool Kit for each person trained.
- Completed Evaluation Report.
- 3 college credits offered for minimal cost.
Schools that implemented the LCH Curriculum past and present.Todd County, Takini School, Crow Creek Tribal School, St. Joseph's Indian School, White River/Norris School, Loneman School, Red Cloud/OLL Indian Schools, and Porcupine School.
The MeaningHocoka Ohomni
Gathering into a circle, with hope. In the Lakota tradition, everything is accomplished in a circle. The essence of the Lakota Circles of Hope curriculum is to use Lakota traditions, culture and values to empower the lives of youth living on the reservations.
Lakota Circles of Hope teaches students how to live a healthy lifestyle and make healthy choices.
The CurriculumThese traditional Lakota values comprise the core of the classroom based prevention curriculum:
- Bravery = Woohitika
- Generosity = Wacantognaka
- Fortitude = Wowacintanka
- Wisdom = Woksape
- Respect = Yuonihan
PartnershipsLakota Circles of Hope teams principal evaluator, Dr. John J. Usera - PH.D. & Associates Inc. President, collecting evaluation data for schools to observe program effectiveness. By request, schools may also be able to consult with the evaluator to obtain a more extensive evaluation.
Lakota Circles of Hope strives to create a series of powerful and self sustained connective circles engaging youth, family, school, and community.
Rosebud Haukaas - Counseler at Todd County South School District
Louann Krogman - Counselor at Norris School & White River School District
Mary Nylander - Counselor at He Dog and Spring Creek Schools in the Todd County School District