Natasha Young Bear has been named the April SDSU Civil Service Employee of the Month for her dedication to helping people and her drive in working for SDSU Extension.
Young Bear joined the staff in 2015 as an administrative assistant and now currently works as a nutrition assistant for SDSU’s Pine Ridge Tribal Extension Office. According to her co-workers and supervisors, she brings a committed attitude to her position and eagerly works to help others every day.
“Natasha continues to amaze me every day with her passion for making a difference in the lives of those in the community,” said Kimberly Cripps, SDSU Extension family and community health field specialist. “Natasha demonstrates a promise for the future.”
Cripps added Young Bear works tirelessly to make contacts and build partnerships for the program with community agencies, health care providers, businesses and schools to increase the reach of SDSU Extension programming to those in need in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
“Because Tasha grew up in this community, she has many contacts and has helped recruit and invite potential stakeholders to meetings,” said Prairey Walkling, SDSU Extension family and community health field specialist. “She also provides input and ideas at meetings and helps provide a welcoming vibe with her humor and positive outlook. I am very grateful for the role she has played in developing the Kyle Wellness Coalition.”
The Kyle Wellness Coalition was something that Young Bear has been “very helpful in forming and maintaining” and has been a very key person in helping make nutrition programming possible on the Pine Ridge Reservation, according to Walkling.
“She has provided several grocery store samplings at Kyle Grocery and Buche’s in Pine Ridge,” Walkling said. “Tasha seems to know almost everyone and our table is always busy when Tasha is involved.”
Young Bear’s personable and caring attitude is recognized by colleagues at work, the clients she connects with or with children and adults throughout neighboring communities.
Outside of working for South Dakota residents and SDSU Extension, Young Bear enjoys spending time with her 10-year-old son, Braydon.
All SDSU Employee of the Month selections are determined through a nomination process by the Civil Service Advisory Council. Each civil service employee of the month receives an appreciation monetary gift from the F.O. Butler Foundation. The trustees of the foundation recognize the importance of civil service employees and take this opportunity to thank them for their exemplary service.