Posted on December 3, 2013 at 10:51 am by Brianna
Youth & Family Services (YFS) is happy to announce that they have once again been selected as a partner in the Payless GivesTM Shoes 4 Kids program.
For many families with children, the need for a new pair of shoes is an exciting trip to store. Unfortunately, for others experiencing financial hardship, new shoes simply aren’t in the cards.
Through Payless ShoeSource’s signature giving program, Payless Gives™ Shoes 4 Kids, the organization has been able to provide more than $1.5 million in new shoes to children in need through nonprofit partners, such as Youth & Family Services.
YFS recently received 75 gift cards from Payless ShoeSource to be used to purchase a new pair of shoes for children enrolled in YFS programs. Children, with their parents and a YFS Family Services Specialist, will be able to take their cards to a local Payless retailer, select a pair of shoes for $20 or less, and take them home at no cost to their families.
This year, the Payless GivesTM Shoes 4 Kids program received more than 800 applications and distributed more than $1.5 million worth of free shoes to children in need across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Latin America.
Posted on November 27, 2013 at 10:08 am by Brianna
The Exchange Club of Rapid City is once again sponsoring the gift wrapping booth for Youth & Family Services 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 supporting the programs of YFS.
The wrapping station is located in the North Wing near Hallmark Gold Crown store and will be open during the Rushmore Mall shopping hours from December 6 – December 24. All types of volunteer shifts are still available from morning to evening, and even 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 12,000 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 341-7201 or email her at email@example.com.
Last updated 11/27/13 at 10:15 a.m.
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Posted on November 21, 2013 at 10:28 am by Brianna
Bernie Peterson,(center) with his former staff from YFS Rural Head Start.
Bernie Peterson, Director of Youth & Family Services Rural Head Start Program, said farewell to YFS on November 15, 2013. After spending more than the past 30 years serving children and families throughout western South Dakota, Bernie has retired.
At a farewell celebration which took place November 13, 2013, Margo Julius (left), YFS Board Secretary, presented Bernie with a proclamation from the mayor of Rapid City, S.D. which proclaimed November 15, 2013 as Bernie Peterson Day!
Bernie has been a part of the YFS family since August of 1984 when YFS expanded to provide Head Start services in western South Dakota. He began his career at YFS as a home visitor and in 1993 moved into a Program Director position.
Bernie has been a strong advocate for youth. He has been a member of the Black Hills Association for the Education of Young Children, has served as Youth & Family Services’ representative to South Dakota Head Start Association and South Dakota’s representative to Region VIII Head Start Association, as well as served as a board member for the Northern Hills Alliance for Children. He has provided leadership to the Head Start program locally, regionally, and nationally. Bernie has helped to develop effective rural and home-based services throughout western South Dakota.
Posted on October 30, 2013 at 3:42 pm by Brianna
This past October, several boys enrolled in Youth & Family Services Boys’ Health Program volunteered their time to help feed more than 110 people at Rapid City’s Cornerstone Rescue Mission.
Corey Kennedy, YFS Boys’ Health Advocate noted, “The boys really enjoyed this program. It gave them an opportunity to serve their community as well as see what it’s like to struggle.”
Afterword serving meals, Kennedy talked with the boys about the project. One of the boys who helped served at the Cornerstone Rescue Mission for the first time that evening stated, “I was scared to do this and tried to back out but decided to try. I am so glad I did because I feel so good after helping those people.”
The YFS Boys Health Program is offered to boys, ages 5-17, who are at risk of developing physical, mental, or social health problems. Boys are referred to the program by school counselors, teachers, parents, and health and social service agencies.
Each boy is assigned an advocate who will:
- Assist him in learning and developing patterns of behavior that will enhance his health
- Emphasize the value of regular school attendance and good study habits
- Connect him with the appropriate medical, dental, and mental health care services within the community
- Offer referrals for tutoring or other services to meet his individual needs
- Work closely with his family and school to ensure his success
- Act as a positive male role model and mentor
- Instill the importance of responsibility, self-esteem, and community involvement
Posted on October 20, 2013 at 5:07 pm by Brianna
Thanks to the Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Group (YPG), this year’s YFS Girls Inc. Monster Bash was a hit!
Early this October, YPG made a $300 donation to help support YFS Girls Inc.’s annual Monster Bash, a fun and safe indoor Halloween party. YFS Girls Inc.’s Monster Bash includes fun games, a “haunted house”, a cake walk, and other indoor festivities that the members of YFS Girls Inc. can enjoy with their families.