As of January 1, 2015, Youth & Family Services (YFS) began celebrating its 50th year of providing comprehensive, award-winning services and programming to children and their families throughout western South Dakota.
Youth & Family Services has been serving children and their families since 1965. YFS has grown to become one of the largest, most comprehensive youth development programs in western South Dakota. What began as Girls Club of Rapid City has grown to encompass seven cohesive programs including:
- Girls Incorporated® of Rapid City
- Child Development Center
- Counseling Center
- Nutrition Services
- Rapid City Head Start
- Rural Head Start
- Western Prevention Resource Center
Together, these programs offer educational and recreational programming, meals and snacks, health advocacy and support, counseling services, fatherhood and parent enrichment education, prevention programs, and more.
Youth & Family Services provides programming to more than 13,000 children and families each year. Although YFS is located in Rapid City, the youth-serving agency provides programs and services in 24 counties throughout western South Dakota. The majority of its programs focus on meeting the needs of underprivileged youth, however, the agency offers resources and support to virtually everyone in our community.
“Being involved in an organization such as Youth & Family Services benefits children as well as our community as a whole,” stated Rick Rylance, YFS Board President. “At YFS, children learn, grow, and play in safe, nurturing environments. They gain self-confidence, have opportunities to express themselves, participate in educational programming, gain leadership skills and develop a strong support network of other young people who also make healthy choices. Their involvement reduces the risk of them becoming involved in unsafe activities. As these children grow and develop their leadership potential and share their positive energy, passion, creativity, and perspective, our community will benefit. These kids are less likely to cause problems and more likely to look for solutions.”
For more information on YFS, its programs, or how you can help us continue providing services to children and families throughout western South Dakota, please visit us online at www.youthandfamilyservices.org or call us at (605) 342-4195.