The Main University is effective in a variety of ways. Children are exposed to the vocabulary of higher education at a very young age, that may help to ease anxieties later on. In addition, the children get the benefit of learning from many different kinds of people, since our volunteers come from all over the U.S. and the world. Community volunteers with expertise are also invited to teach classes to the children, connecting our participants with local role-models who share our vision for Cheyenne River youth. The topics are always different, and children can always find classes that pique their curiosity.
Main University is not just about education, it is also about setting reasonable goals for success that our children can be proud of when they acheive. Poverty can lead to insecurity and many of our children are quite reserved as a result. With encouragement, however, we can help our children to find their voice and the confidence to express themselves. One participant even gave a graduation address when she was awarded the title of Valedictorian! Main University proves that children care about their education and expanding their horizons.
The program runs all year long, and is currently funded by the Cheyenne River Youth Project. All volunteers, groups and individuals, take part in planning and teaching classes.