Posted on Monday, October 14th, 2013 by Brianna
Darcie Decker, YFS Director of Community Outreach and Nutrition Program, accepts donation from Jimmy Sands, Prairie Market Store Manager.
Summer Nights and Autumn Nights held in downtown Rapid City kept the spirit of community alive as thousands of people came together to enjoy music, food and drinks, and family-friendly activities each Thursday night this past summer and earlier this fall.
This year, Youth & Family Services was fortunate enough to be spotlighted at the seasonal event by Family Thrift Center and Prairie Market. Each week, the two businesses hosted food concessions at Main Street Square where they served a variety of food items for a low fee.
At the end of the summer, Family Thrift Center and Prairie Market combined their net proceeds from their concession sales and presented checks to several area non-profits. Darcie Decker, YFS Director of Community Outreach, was presented with a check for $2,543 to support Youth & Family Services!
Posted on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 by Brianna
Melinda Caroll works with members from YFS Girls Inc. to help them write their own song.
Members from Youth & Family Services Girls Incorporated® of Rapid City’s fourth and fifth grade class were selected to participate in a unique songwriting workshop this past month. These young girls were given the opportunity to explore their creative and musical abilities by writing their own song with the National Song Leader for Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., Melinda Caroll.
The girls decided what they wanted their song to be about. Several topics came up in conversation, but the girls finally agreed on the title “Girls Rock”. During the discussion, Caroll told the girls that their song needed to be something they want to share with other girls around the world. In an interview with Black Hills Fox’s reporter, Tessa Thomas, Caroll noted, “It’s about songs as a catalyst for social change of telling stories relating to other girls, connecting with other girls and using the creative arts as a way to express themselves, so it is actually a vitally important role in a girl’s life becoming a creator rather than a consumer and being able to have a channel to, you know, open up and share what is going on in their life and what’s relevant and important to them.”
The girls spent three hours in the songwriting workshop to create and polish their song which they performed on September 25 at Main Street Square.
Posted on Monday, September 23rd, 2013 by Brianna
On September 23, Youth & Family Services Nutrition Services program had a great visit from the USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food & Nutrition Services, Janey Thonton. Thonton and her colleagues traveled to YFS’ site on E. Adams Street to interact with some of the children enrolled in YFS’ after-school programs.
During Thonton’s visit, she spent time with several children, asking them about foods they eat, foods they enjoy, and encouraged them to continue to try eating fresh fruits and vegetables. The purpose of Thonton’s visit was to try and connect with programs that are participating in the At Risk After-School Snack Program through the Child and Adult Nutrition Services.
Team members that joined Thonton were:
Leslie Wheelock, Director of USDA’s Office of Tribal Relations; Darlene Barnes, Mount Plains Regional Administrator; Darlene Sanchez, Mount Plains Regional Special Nutrition Programs Director; Devin Koontz, Mountain Plains Regional Public Affairs; Sandra Kangas, Child & Adult Nutrition Services Office Administrator; and Julie McCord, Summer Food Service Program Coordinator
YFS Staff that attended the visit, tour, and reception:
David Miller, Associate Executive Director; Sharon Oney, Grants Administrator; Nadene Greni, Grans Coordinator; Darcie Decker, YFS Nutrition Director; Melissa Byars, YFS Nutrition Coordinator; Patty Cresalia, Dietitian; and Carrie Robley, YFS Girls Incorporated® or Rapid City Program Director
Posted on Monday, September 23rd, 2013 by Brianna
From left to right: Connie Olson, YFS Development Director; Sharon Oney, YFS Grants Administrator; John Lundgren, Midcontinent Representative; Mike Smith, YFS Director of Facilities and Program Advancement
On September 23, John Lundgren from Midcontinent Communications presented YFS with a check for $1,000 to help the organization purchase and install a new HVAC unit in its Adams Street facility kitchen.
Since its beginnings in a small movie theater in 1931, Midcontinent Communications has taken the lead in connecting our region to the world of information and entertainment. Today, Midcontinent is still doing the same – only now they make it happen through broadband internet, digital and High Definition television, and local and long-distance phone service.
Today, the Northern Plains Network (NPNet™) brings together more than 300,000 customers in 335 communities throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
As always, Midcontinent remains committed to making this region a great place to live and work. They wholeheartedly support each community, their sports teams, fundraisers, educational and cultural events, social-impact initiatives, and so much more.
Posted on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 by Brianna
A volunteer from Ellsworth Air Force Base’s 28th Operations Support Squadron paints the nails of a Girls Inc. member at the 2013 Share the Love event.
On Thursday, September 19, stylists from various Rapid City salons donated their time and talents to make 108 members from Youth & Family Services Girls Incorporated® of Rapid City feel extra special.
YFS–in collaboration with Headlines Academy, 25 Rapid City salons, 37 local stylists, and a group of volunteers from Ellsworth Air Force Base–planned its second annual Share the Love event. This event was designed to help enhance the self-esteems of young girls in our community.
YFS Girls Inc. members made their way to Headlines Academy where they were greeted with enthusiasm from YFS staff members, Headlines Academy students, and stylists from Rapid City. Each girl received a free shampoo, cut, and style for her hair. After the girls had their hair done, volunteers from Ellsworth Air Force Base’s 28th Operations Support Squadron painted their fingernails to “polish off” the evening.
Carrie Robley, YFS Girls Incorporated® Director, stated, “This event is great because it really focuses on making the girls feel good about themselves. They’ll be receiving some one on one time with another female who is there solely for them.”
YFS would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Share the Love event. The time spent encouraging and pampering these young girls was certainly an appreciated gift.
Below are a few highlights from this year’s event:
- 108 YFS Girls Inc. members felt like a million dollars
- 37 professional stylists donated their time and talent
- 25 different salons in our community supported Share the Love
- 30 Headlines Academy students assisted with the hair shampooing and styling
- 12 servicewomen from Ellsworth Air Force Base volunteered to polish the girls’ nails
- One member from YFS Girls Inc. donated just over 10 inches of her hair to Locks of Love
Again, we would like to thank you everyone for “sharing the love” with the each of these girls. It was heart-warming to see them all feeling so confident and excited. We heard a lot of positive comments from the girls including, “I have never felt so beautiful before!” and “This is the best day of my life!” To everyone who supported this event, thank you for giving the girls such a wonderful experience. You played an important role in helping each of them enhance their self-esteems.
Participating Salons Included:
- A J’s Wicked Salon & Spa
- Boulevard Hair Design
- Classy Cuts
- Cost Cutters
- Great Clips
- Hair Connection
- Headlines Academy Students
- High Maintenance
- In Your Corner
- It’s Your Place Salon & Day
- Jayde Tree Salon
- Jerilyn Suridis
- Laurie Eisenbraun
- Maddissons Too
- Man Salon
- My Day Salon & Spa
- Mystique Edge Day Spa & Salon
- Planet Hair
- Salon in the Hills
- Salon One
- Tangled Tresses
- Village Salon
- Boulevard Hair Design – Peggy Hieb
- Classy Cuts – Rebecca Sheffer
- Cost Cutters – Beau Cerney
- Great Clips – Brandi Strasburg
- Great Clips – Cathy Gates
- Great Clips – Kara Bounous
- Great Clips – Ashley Stegh
- Hair Connection – Penny WeiSenbach
- Headlines Academy – 30 Students
- High Maintenance – Marla Browning
- High Maintenance – Trish Crawford
- In Your Corner – Cyndie Brown
- In Your Corner – Scott, Salon Manager
- It’s Your Place Salon & Day Spa- Beth Mollman
- Jayde Tree Salon – Elizabeth Dennis
- Jayde Tree Salon – Sarah Braver
- JCPenney – Bobbi Battest
- JCPenney – Calie Heideman
- JCPenney – Marti McDonald
- Jerilyn Suridis
- Maddissons Too – Tara Clark
- Man Salon – Jennifer Wiese
- Mystique Edge Day Spa & Salon – Kirsten Brennen
- Mystique Edge Day Spa & Salon – Shawna Karano
- Mystique Edge Day Spa & Salon – Vanessa Hamling
- Planet Hair - Angie DiSanto
- Planet Hair – Angie Pourier
- Planet Hair – Kate Collins
- Planet Hair – Kayla Trombetta
- Planet Hair – Kim Munsell
- Planet Hair – Kristi Hanna Cruz
- Planet Hair – Ruth McKinistry
- Salon in the Hills – Kim Houchens
- Salon One – Brenna Saunders
- Salon One – Cassandra Morgan
- Tangled Tresses – Amanda Wilson
- Tangled Tresses – Tara Stuen
- Tangled Tresses – Terri Sheets