Drake Grad Joins Law School Alumni, Harvest Initiative on Indian Reservation
Drake University graduate Jenny Schroeder followed her passion for Native American social issues right to the Crow Creek Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
This March, Schroeder joined Drake University Law School alumni Jason Yates and Dustin Miller of the Harvest Initiative, a nonprofit organization created to help spur economic growth on the reservation in the nation's poorest county -- Buffalo, S.D.
After graduating in December 2009, Schroeder was interested in pursuing both service-oriented positions and careers that allowed her to work with Native communities. Her new job at Crow Creek -- the Americorp VISTA position -- offered her the opportunity to do both.
"I couldn’t be happier about this opportunity," said Schroeder, who holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and played for the women's soccer team at Drake.
Schroeder will work through fundraising and grant writing to support the Boys and Girls Club of Three Districts on the Crow Creek Reservation that serves the youth on the Reservation. She will also manage a Web site for the club and create a base of private donors.
"I'm looking forward to developing sustainable funding sources so that the Boys and Girls Club can keep providing its critical services here at Crow Creek," she added.
Schroeder will share office space and resources with The Harvest Initiative, which was founded in 2008 to promote economic activity and community development on the Crow Creek Reservation.