Larry Brendtro, Martin Brokenleg, and Steve Van Bockern, authors of Reclaiming Youth at Risk, and Mark Freado, a leader in the reclaiming youth movement, invite you to attend the 30th Annual Reclaiming Youth Seminars! The 2024 seminars will be held July 18-20, at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and will run from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM daily.

Network with colleagues from all over the world to share ideas, learn new skills, inform, inspire, and re-energize. Grounded in resilience research showing that inner strengths and external supports are essential for positive youth development, the Reclaiming Youth Seminars offer practical skills for success with our most challenging children and youth.

Explore timely topics including:

  • 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
  • Reclaiming Wisdom of Indigenous Cultures

The Reclaiming Youth Seminars, July 18-20, will take place on the lower level of the Froiland Science Complex (located on the corner of 33rd Street and Summit Avenue) on the campus of Augustana University.

Preliminary Schedule

Conference Info Sheet

Seminars Site, Accommodations, and Travel

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Printable Registration Form

Cancellation Policy

To register by check or purchase order or to register a group, contact Wendy at [email protected] or 605.906.4694.

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.

More Information

Feel free to give us a call at 605-906-4694 or email [email protected]