2021 Reclaiming Youth Seminars

Augustana University, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, July 15-17, 2020; pre-conference July 12-14

Make plans to attend the 2021 Reclaiming Youth Seminars on the campus of Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota–the birthplace of Reclaiming Youth at Risk, the Circle of Courage, and Reclaiming Youth movement!

Reclaiming Youth Seminars
July 15-17, 2021; Cost $475 USD Standard Rate or $425 USD Group Rate (3 or more registrants)
The Reclaiming Youth Seminars will feature keynotes and breakout sessions on timely topics such as:

  • Trauma, Resilience, and Thriving
  • Social and Emotional Learning in Classrooms and Schools
  • Strength-Based Treatment with Children and Families
  • Positive Climates in Residential Care and Juvenile Justice
  • Native American and First Nations Youth and Communities

Pre-conference details and more info coming soon!

Your Hosts for the Reclaiming Youth Seminars

Martin Brokenleg, EdD

Professor Emeritus of Native American Studies
Augustana University

Larry Brendtro, PhD

Reclaiming Youth at Risk

Steve Van Bockern, EdD

Augustana University


Mark Freado, MA

Growing Edge Training


Lodging and Travel

Lodging is in historic downtown Sioux Falls at the Holiday Inn City Centre, ten minutes by car or bus from the Augustana campus.

More info coming soon!

Major airlines serve Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD). Traveling by auto, the city connects to Interstate Highways 90 and 29.

Conference Location Details

The conference will be held at Froiland Science Complex (formerly Gilbert Science Center) which is located on the corner of W. 33rd Street and S. Summit Ave. Each day of the conference will begin at 8:30 AM in the auditorium on the lower level of Froiland (FSC 113). Registration opens at 7:30 AM just outside of the auditorium.

The pre-conference trainings will also begin at 8:30 AM (with registration at 7:30 AM on the main (ground) level.

The Reclaiming Youth Movement

The book Reclaiming Youth at Risk by Augustana University professors Larry K. Brendtro, Martin Brokenleg, and Steve Van Bockern introduced the Circle of Courage medicine wheel showing Native American values of Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Generosity. Inspired by Indigenous cultures that deeply respect children, these needs are now validated by research on resilience, neuroscience, and youth development.

For twenty-five years, the Black Hills Seminars on Reclaiming Youth have been at the leading edge of strength-based approaches with challenging children and youth. Now this annual conference is in its second year at Augustana University in Sioux Falls where the Reclaiming Youth movement originated.

These seminars are sponsored by Reclaiming Youth at Risk, a non-profit research and professional development organization, in collaboration with Augustana University, the Resilience Academy, Growing Edge Training, Straight Ahead Ministries, and Turtle Island Learning Circle.

Welcome to Sioux Falls!

Discover Historic Downtown

Conference participants can stay in quality, reasonably-priced downtown hotels. Sioux Falls is the largest city in the region but has a welcoming Midwest feel with shops, the Sculpture Walk, and unique bistros and restaurants for every taste.


Explore Falls Park

This 123-acre park lets you see up close the city’s namesake. Cascades of water rush over pink Sioux quartzite to make this an inspiring spot for a jog or walk. An open-air music venue in Falls Park offers free evening performances on the green.

Museums, Galleries, and Concerts

The downtown Washington Pavilion hosts live performances, art galleries, science exhibits, and an I-MAX theater. The Augustana Center for Western Studies houses arts and artifacts of Native Americans and peoples of the prairie.

Tour a First Peoples Settlement

The Seminars offer the option of a two-hour excursion to the early Native American city of Good Earth, located near Sioux Falls on the Great Sioux River. This trade center, active until 1700, had a population larger than New York or Boston.

More Information

Feel free to give us a call at 605-906-4694 or email info@reclaimingyouthatrisk.org