OUR MISSION
The mission of the Lakota YouthStay program is to foster authentic, mutually rewarding and sustainable friendships between Native American youth and people in Eastern Massachusetts with the goal of inspiring hope and creating cultural understanding and awareness.
Sign Up Your Youth
Apply for the Lakota YouthStay Experience
Host a Lakota Youth
Develop friendships and learn about Native American culture and history

Connecting 10 to 15-year-olds from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota with hosts in the Greater Boston area for 9 days of exploration and discovery, building friendships and engagement through shared activities of interest. Lakota YouthStay is a program of the West Medford Community Center.

Check out our Pen Pal Program and Pine Ridge Volunteer Trips!

Our 2022 LYS Summer program, July 12 – 21st, was a great success!  Check out the photos on our FB page!
The 2023 LYS Summer program is tenatively planned for
July 11 – 20th, 2023.

2019 Lakota Youthstay