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YFS Is Looking for Volunteers to Help Wrap Gifts!

Posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 by Brianna


Youth & Family Services and the Exchange Club of Rapid City are once again sponsoring the gift wrapping booth in the Rushmore Mall during the month of December!

Shoppers will be able to stop by the booth and have their holiday purchases wrapped for a nominal fee. All proceeds will be used to support the youth program provided by Youth & Family Services.

The gift wrapping station is set to be located in the center of the Rushmore Mall, near the Buckle and Children’s Place stores. The booth will be open during the Rushmore Mall shopping hours from Friday, December 4 – December 24. All types of volunteer shifts are still available including morning, afternoon, evening, and weekends!

“The gift wrapping booth is not only a fun and festive way to provide a holiday service to the community, but it is also a fundraising project that– for several years now– has helped support the programs and services provided by YFS to more than 13,000 children and families throughout western South Dakota. By volunteering your time at this year’s gift wrapping booth, you can expect to have some fun, meet new people, help wrap gifts, and share a little holiday cheer with shoppers,” says Darcie Decker, YFS Director of Community Outreach.

If you’re interested in volunteering at this year’s gift wrap, please call Darcie Decker at 342-4195 or email her at

Girls Inc. Promotes Health and Wellness

Posted on Thursday, August 27th, 2015 by Brianna


Members of YFS Girls Incorporated® of Rapid City put their feet to the ground on August 13 to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles.

The 7th annual Ridiculous Red Run 3k Walk/ Run event encouraged girls to show their Girls Inc. spirit by wearing wacky red outfits, the signature color of the program, while having fun being active with their friends.

Youth & Family Services continues to promote the fight against childhood obesity as it remains a concern within our community. In order to do this, YFS has taken several steps to promote healthier lifestyles. Events and activities like the Ridiculous Red Run help kids realize that being healthy doesn’t have to be strenuous, but that staying active can be a fun, social experience as well.

Members of YFS Girls Inc. love this event! The girls are able to dress up, act a little goofy, and exercise with their teachers and friends. More than 250 girls, ages of 6 – 17, participated in this year’s event. Due to the high levels of water flowing through Rapid Creek, this year’s Ridiculous Red Run was organized slightly different than past years. To avoid the sections of the bike path surrounding Sioux Park that have been blocked off because of high water levels, girls were escorted on a new path which took them to various stations where they could participate in a fun activity such as hopscotch, and blowing and dancing with bubbles. This new route was a success with the girls!

Volunteers from YFS cheered the girls on during the walk/run and then served them a picnic lunch after they all crossed the finish line..

YFS Summer Food Program Kicks Off May 26

Posted on Thursday, May 21st, 2015 by Brianna

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Youth & Family Services is excited to announce its sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program!

YFS’ sponsorship of the Summer Food Program will allow us to serve FREE breakfasts and lunches to all children between the ages of 1-18 during the summer months. Registration for this program is not required and accompanying adults may also eat for a $2.50 fee.

YFS’ Summer Food Program will be open to all children throughout the community at the following sites:

  • YFS’ Rapid City Head Start
    • 410 E. Monroe Street in Rapid City.
    • Breakfast: 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.; Lunch: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
    • May 26-August 14.
  • Mother Butler Center
    • 231 Knollwood Drive in Rapid City
    • Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Monday -FridayMay 26 – August 20, 2015.

For more information on YFS’ Summer Food Program, please Darcie Decker at 342-4195.

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YFS Receives $1 Million Gift To Support Expansion Project

Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2015 by Brianna

(L-R): Susan Fedell, YFS Chief Executive Officer; Lloyd Paulson; Connie Olson, YFS Development Director; Bob Paulson.

(L-R): Susan Fedell, YFS Chief Executive Officer; Lloyd Paulson; Connie Olson, YFS Development Director; Bob Paulson.

Youth & Family Services is pleased to announce that it has received a matching gift challenge of $1 million from Lloyd Paulson of Moorhead, MN to support its facility expansion project at the agency’s 120 E. Adams Street site.  Paulson’s $1 million gift was given to YFS with a challenge for the Black Hills community to raise an additional $2 million dollars in contributions.

Lloyd and his wife, Bev Paulson, have had a long history of philanthropy, giving generously of both their time and financial resources. Their gifts have celebrated culture, nature, education, and children.  Although Bev passed away in 2009, Lloyd has continued the tradition they started of providing significant monetary support, wisdom, leadership, and time for a broad range of nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, cultural programs and visionary ventures.

“Lloyd has a genuine interest in enhancing the lives of children in western South Dakota.  His past support of Youth & Family Services has allowed us to enrich the lives of children through our education, advocacy, nutrition, and prevention programs,” stated Susan Fedell, Chief Executive Director for Youth & Family Services. “This challenge gift provides a strong foundation for us to build upon as we continue to raise funds for our expansion project.”

In 2003, YFS began providing services at its E. Adams facility in Rapid City. At that time, the YFS Board of Directors was certain this facility would adequately meet the needs of our community for years to come. Twelve years later, YFS is now facing the reality that more space is critically needed to continue to meet its commitment to help community youth.

In collaboration with other community organizations, YFS has worked to determine how to best meet these needs while being cost effective.  In anticipation of future space needs, YFS purchased the land adjacent to its current E. Adams Street facility in 2013 and 2014. This purchase was possible with the help of several generous donors.

YFS has chosen to continue expanding its E. Adams facility, located in North Rapid City, in order to remain accessible to the children and families with the greatest need.  North Rapid City has the largest concentration of low-income households in our community. Expanding its E. Adams facility is also cost-effective for YFS as it can utilize the commercial kitchen, gym, library and counseling center in the existing campus. This facility expansion will allow YFS to meet the growing needs of children and families in our community as well as prepare for the increased need for services caused by anticipated population growth in Rapid City and the Black Hills area.

A few key issues that YFS plans to focus on include:

  • Increased infant/toddler care
  • Advocacy services and programming for middle school aged children
  • Outdoor recreation spaces
  • An educational greenhouse
  • Fatherhood focused programming

For more information, please contact Youth & Family Services at 342-4195..

Black Hills Surgical Hospital Supports YFS With $35,000 Gift!

Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2015 by Brianna


Picture left to right: Connie Olson, YFS Development Director; David Miller, YFS Associate Executive Director; Dr. Luke Mortimer, BHSH; Dr. Jonathon Wilson, BHSH; Kris Simonds, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, BHSH; Rick Rylance, YFS Board President; Mike Smith, YFS Director of Program Advancement and Facilities.

Youth & Family Services (YFS) is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, May 12, the organization received a gift totaling $35,000 from Black Hills Surgical Hospital in Rapid City.

Black Hills Surgical Hospital has partnered with YFS since 2002 to meet the needs of children and families in our community. Funds from this gift will be used to support YFS’ direct service programming which provides educational and recreational activities, health and nutrition services, and prevention programming to children, ages 0-18, in the Black Hills community. In addition, this contribution will help to ensure that children with unmet health needs have access to the resources they need thrive. It will also support YFS’ Fatherhood First program which encourages and works with fathers to be actively involved in their children’s lives.

“This donation will make a profound impact on the work Youth & Family Services is doing throughout the community,” stated Connie Olson, YFS Development Director. “Hundreds of children will benefit thanks to the support we have received from Black Hills Surgical Hospital.”

Black Hills Surgical Hospital’s mission to be the leader in providing the highest quality healthcare, recovery care, and diagnostic imaging services in the region. By setting high standards for themselves, they aim to improve and set the standard for quality healthcare for all regional residents. Black Hills Surgical Hospital works to accommodate patients of all income levels in order to improve the health and well-being of all regional residents. Black Hills Surgical Hospital is proudly owned by physicians.

For more information, please contact Youth & Family Services at 342-4195..