Youth Financial Literacy
By collaborating with various community partners, Lakota Funds delivers financial literacy training to our Reservation youth to help them improve their skills and establish a foundation for the wise use of money.
Business Plan Competition
Each year we sponsor the Lakota Nations Invitational (LNI) Business Plan Competition, which is a great opportunity for our youth to show off their entrepreneurial skills. Lakota Funds offers assistance and resources to help interested youth develop product or service ideas, and prepare marketing plans, management and operations policies, and financial projections.
The purpose of the LNI Business Plan Competition is to bring awareness of entrepreneurship to high school students to think about creating business opportunities in and around South Dakota. To enter the competition, students must submit a completed application, a business plan, 15-minute Power Point presentation, and a tri-fold table top display.
Each year, high school students from around the state bring their best business ideas and compete for a chance to win a cash award or other awesome prizes.This year, 18 youth from Bennett County High School, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School, Little Wound High School, Red Cloud Indian School, Todd County High School, and White River High School entered the contest. Ideas presented in the competition encompassed a wide variety of business types, including technology, hair styling, meat processing, restaurants, child care, and pet grooming. All competitors were required to deliver a presentation to a panel of judges comprised of business development professionals. The entries were judged on several criteria, including market opportunity, management and operations, and financial projections.
And the Winners Were...
1st Place - Oliver Miner/Tech Savy Age (Cheyenne Eagle Butte)
2nd Place - Fallyn Cloud Eagle/Curl & Cut (Cheyenne-Eagle Butte)
3rd Place - Thayer Schmidt/Dakota Nation Meat Locker (White River)
1st Place - Arvish Bhinder/Designum (Todd County)
2nd place - Tylan Bear/Bear Supply Co. (White River)
3rd Place - Wicahpi Chaddelson/Chanku Ska (Red Cloud)
1st Place - Carlos Reyes/Mis Tres Reinas (Bennet County)
2nd Place - Remedy Morrison/The Remedy (White River)
3rd Place - Angelina Giago & Tatyana Pilcher/Divine Heights (Little Wound)
1st Place - Shantel Fire Cloud/Shantel’s Babysitting (White River)
2nd Place - Ashton Eagle Bear/Ashtons Daycare (White River)
3rd Place - Tanisha Lee/Tanisha’s Pet Grooming (White River)
Youth Art Competition
Lakota Funds hosts an annual art market and exhibit. As part of this event, we facilitate a Youth Art Contest that is open to youth ages 5-18 with traditional and contemporary categories. All art mediums are welcome.