Transformation Project Receives SDEA/NEA’s Taking a Stand, Making a Difference Human and Civil Rights Award


PIERRE – The South Dakota Education Association (SDEA) presented the Taking a Stand, Making a Difference Human Civil Rights award to The Transformation Project whose mission is to support and empower transgender youth, young adults, and their families.  The award is given annually to honor an individual or organization for their work in promoting human and civil rights in the State of South Dakota. 

“SDEA is honored to present The Transformation Project with this award/Civil Rights Award. This is a group of dedicated and loving individuals and parents who are going above and beyond to support South Dakota’s transgender youth,” said SDEA President Mary McCorkle. “The Transformation Project is giving a voice to those who are too often marginalized and singled out.  They are helping us all understand that transgender youth have value and bring many talents to our communities and state.” 

The Transformation Project was nominated by Sioux Falls Education Member Danyelle Cleveland who wrote “The Transformation Project is dedicated to positively impacting the educational, social, and political life of the community.” She goes on to say, “They are striving to educate society about gender identity and its impact on lives.”