Today was a big day for the students in our leadership camp! We worked on team building projects such as the balloon tower. My group was lucky—we had a tall person in our group to reach the top. For lunch, we had a community dinner with a cake honoring our graduates. The students brainstormed ideas for how to improve life on the reservation for the youth of the community. The ideas were presented and the top three ideas were selected. These were a Boys and Girls Club/YMCA/ or rec center, an arts and music center, and a public library. The Pine Ridge teens chose these especially because these would provide a safe, supervised place for students to hang out and transfer their creative energies, practice their skills, learn new skills, get help and tutoring, and pursue their interests. The passion and excitement of the students that they poured into the idea of creating something great for the youth of the community was amazing and inspiring. At the beginning of the week, I never would have thought that this bunch of shy, closed-off students would be so willing to stand up in front of everybody and take the initiative to build something like this for their friends and the children that are coming after them. At the close of our camp, the students gave presentations to community members sharing their dreams for improvements to their communities. I’ve learned more from these students that we’ve worked with this week than I’m sure I ever could have given them. Someday, maybe I could be like them.