Stronger Family Program

The Stronger Family Program is designed to improve marriage and relationship skills and promote economic stability and mobility.

The Stronger Family Program

The Stronger Family Program focuses on strengthening families as a whole by providing curriculum, strategies, and activities that will support healthy marriages, relationships, and families. Staff will assist participants in developing the skills necessary to build strong relationships and increase their trajectory toward economic stability, mobility, and employability.

The Stronger Family Program is a federally-funded, no-cost relationship enrichment project that serves individuals, couples, families, and high school youth. The overall goal of the project is to help adults and children develop the skills they need to experience healthy relationships.

The Stronger Family Program provides services in a seven-county geographic area in south western South Dakota. These counties include: Custer, Fall River, Haakon, Jackson, Lawrence, Meade, and Pennington counties.

Upcoming Classes:

The Stronger Family Program’s Active Relationships Classes will help you learn healthy skills for building strong relationships. Topics our class will cover include: effective communication, managing emotions, conflict resolution, making wise choices in relationships, money management, and setting life goals. Each course is comprised of seven classes which are held once a week in the evening. All classes are free to attend.

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The Stronger Family Program’s Blended Family Classes will help you learn to understand the complexities of blended family life, teach you to have empathy for each family member’s experiences through the process, and how to communicate in healthy ways that will facilitate a smoother transition and help all family members, especially children, to have better outcomes. All classes are free to attend. Click here for more information on topics covered.

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Youth & Family Services
1309 West Main St.
Rapid City, SD 57702

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Youth & Family Services
PO Box 2813
Rapid City, SD 57709-2813

All services are provided free of charge and are not income-based.

Funding for this project was provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: # 90FM0085-01-00. These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability, or religion.

Relationship Education

Our healthy relationships classes utilize the evidence-based curriculum Active Relationships for Adults and Young Adults. Classes are offered in area high schools, at military facilities, and at local community sites. Topics covered include: communication skills, money management, managing emotions, conflict resolution, making wise choices, setting life goals, and more.

Family Support

Family Support Coaches assist families in identifying areas of improvement and developing service plans that allow them to move forward and make positive changes. Support coaches act as mentors, help families access needed resources within their community, and provide transportation services to clients as needed.

Economic Mobility

Adult Employment Coaches help families and individuals strengthen their economic situation through individual and group skill building, mentoring, and employment assistance services. These services include resume writing assistance, job application coaching, employment assessments, and more. Coaches also work with clients to improve attitudes toward work and the job search process.


Youth & Family Services collaborates with multiple other human services agencies and community organizations throughout western South Dakota to integrate services that address the social, emotional, and economic stability needs of children, youth, adults, and couples.

In addition, YFS has a fully-staffed Counseling Center and Trauma Center that provide mental health services, marriage counseling, substance abuse treatment, and trauma-informed/trauma-focused assessment and treatment.

Additional Services

• Intensive case management
• Relationship classes
• Parenting education
• Communication skills
• Financial literacy
• Money management
• Setting life goals
• Stress reduction techniques
• Conflict management
• Interpersonal skills
• Mentorship
• Employment assistance
• Resume coaching
• Transportation for services

Program Outcomes

• Improved healthy relationship and marriage skills
• Improved parenting and co-parenting skills
• Progress toward greater economic stability for low-income participants, including increased skill attainment and employment
• Increased frequency of meaningful parent-child communication
• Increased skill level in use of economic tools, including budgeting, saving, and spending plans
• Increased proportion of participants who are satisfied with the way they handle conflict in their relationships
• Improved skills in family conflict resolution
• With high school students, increased awareness and understanding of aspects of a healthy relationships (peers, family)
• Improved family functioning
• Improved adult and child well-being
• Increased economic stability and mobility
• Reduced poverty
• Reduced recidivism
• Improved stability of family relationships