2019 Reclaiming Youth Seminars

Join Us at Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD, July 16-20, 2019

We are excited to announce that after 25 years of leading-edge training, the annual Black Hills Seminars are relocating and beginning a new era. We are launching the 2019 Reclaiming Youth Seminars at the birthplace of Reclaiming Youth at Risk, the Circle of Courage and Reclaiming Youth movements - the Augustana University campus in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Commencing with a two-day preconference from July 16-17, 2019, Larry Brendtro and Mark Freado will host a Reclaiming Youth at Risk Certification Course.

Then from July 18-20, 2019, the historic main event, Reclaiming Youth Seminars will feature Keynotes plus dozens of presenters explore timely topics:

  • 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

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 relocating to 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.

Conference Options and Travel Information

Pre-Conference (July 16-17, 2019)

$395 for two days, including lunches and training materials

Reclaiming Youth Seminars (July 18-20, 2019)

$475 for three days, including lunches and training materials.

Group discounts and university credit are available.

Travel and Lodging

Major airlines serve Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD). Traveling by auto, the city connects to Interstate Highways 90 and 29. Lodging is in historic Downtown, ten minutes by car or bus from the Augustana campus. For those on a tight budget, on-campus dorm rooms are available.

More Information

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

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