“Cheyenne River Youth Project,” airs on Saturday, July 8 at 10am EST on OWN or you can watch the episode here.
This month’s hero, Julie Garreau, grew up in a remote area of South Dakota and experienced first-hand the needs of the Lakota Tribe. Julie became a dedicated youth advocate on the Eagle Butte, SD reservation to inspire hope where opportunities are so scarce. Julie’s experience led to her founding of the Cheyenne River Youth Project, which works with low-wage families on the reservation. Her project provides mental health services to combat high suicide rates, physical health programs to address youth diabetes, an after-school center for children, internships and job training programs. In 2002, the South Dakota Coalition for Children named Cheyenne River Youth Project a “Champion for Children.” Julie proves that the environment of your upbringing is a barrier that can be broken and that dreams are possible.