The Program

Our desire with Lakota Circles of Hope is that every student in South Dakota learns to be confident in who they are. This curriculum uses traditional Lakota wisdom and stories to teach universal values of character. But it’s not just meant for Lakota students. Children from every background and culture can grow and learn with Lakota Circles of Hope.

LCH doesn’t rely on negativity or a critical spirit to teach students the universal values of respect, generosity, bravery, fortitude and wisdom. Rather, LCH at its core, is about bridge-building and character-growing.

Final LCH study provides preliminary evidence that, when delivered with fidelity, LCH contributes to statistically significant changes in risk behaviors. - The Journal of Primary Prevention 38(1):1-20. DOI:10.1007/s10935-016-0462-3

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Neva Zephier

Neva Zephier - Director

Neva is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Nation. She achieved a Masters in Public Health Administration and Planning from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Having retired in 2020, Neva decided to re-enter the work force and join the Catholic Social Services team as the Director of the Lakota Circles of Hope program.

With extensive experience in the fields of health and education, Neva brings necessary skills to launching the redesigned and updated LCH curriculum.

Use the button below to book an information session with Neva to learn more about the program and how to bring Lakota Circles of Hope into your classrooms.

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