The Pine Ridge Reservation is consistently among the poorest counties in the United States Unemployment over 60 percent Many residents travel more than 120 miles to outlying communities for seasonal employment About half the people over 40 have diabetes Tuberculosis, alcoholism, and infant mortality rates are way above the national average. Residents contend with temperatures from 105 to -30 deg F Life expectancy for those on the reservation is 48 for males and 52 for females Why Pine Ridge?
Housing conditions on the reservation are poor Nearly 40% of homes are without electricity and running water The remoteness and limited resources in many communities, lack of suitable land, and the severity of the climate are all contributing factors to the difficulty in providing adequate housing on the reservation Homelessness and overcrowding of homes is a chronic problem Because many families will not turn away any family member who needs a place to stay, it is not uncommon for as many as 25 people to live in a two-bedroom home The desperate housing situation is compounded by the fact that much of the existing housing is substandard Why Pine Ridge?
Target: 1 adult per 5 students Adults apply to serve as mentors Figure number of adult spots after 1/27 Invitations to serve based on ratios: student : adults female : male rookie : veteran college age : old fogy skills (medical, logistics, etc.) Adult Mentors
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