LaBradford Eagle Deer, 16, helps focus attention on poverty
LaBradford Eagle Deer, 16, of St. Francis on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, will speak this afternoon during the United Nations observation of the 20th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will also participate in the program, which begins at 1 p.m.
The theme for the event is "Eradication of World Poverty: Youth As Agents of Change."
LaBradford is one of six young people selected to read commemorative stones marking the observance and to participate in a panel discussion on poverty.
The Christian Children's Fund-USA selected LaBradford for the trip. LaBradford is president of the St. Francis youth center, which is a program of the Oyate Networking project, sponsored by the Christian Children's Fund.
He recently led a series of focus-group meetings at the youth center.
He coaches flag football and has organized a traditional youth-honoring powwow.
An honor student, LaBradford values education as a pathway out of poverty. His parents' emphasis on education and support has helped keep him on track when many around him are dropping out or failing high school, he said.