Community “Shares the Love” with Girls Inc.!

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm by Brianna


On Thursday, October 9, 16 stylists from nine Rapid City salons donated their time and talent to help make 112 members from Youth & Family Services Girls Incorporated® of Rapid City feel extra special!

The 2014 Share the Love event marks the third year that YFS has collaborated with Headlines Academy, stylists and salons from the Black Hills area, and volunteers from Ellsworth Air Force Base to focus on supporting and encouraging young girls, helping them feel beautiful inside and out.

112 members from YFS Girls Inc. made their way to Headlines Academy where they were greeted by cosmetology students and stylists and then taken to have their hair shampooed, cut, and styled. After the girls had their hair done, service women from Ellsworth Air Force Base painted their fingernails.


Darcie Decker, YFS’ Community Outreach Director stated, “The goal of Share the Love was for the girls to experience kindness, care, and love and that was certainly accomplished. We were delighted by the smiles, the confident stature that girls walked away with, and the joy from within that was brought to each of the girls.”

A special thanks to Headlines Academy and their students, the volunteers from EAFB, and this year’s stylists:

  • Amber Thompson from A Perfect Ten
  • Jennifer Wiese from Cheveux
  • Stephanie Cole from Devine Designs by Stephanie at Classy Cuts
  • Allie from Great Clips
  • Cathy Gates from Great Clips
  • Jenna from Great Clips
  • Kara Bounous from Great Clips
  • Julia Read from Mystique Edge Day Spa & Salon
  • Katy Odenbach from Mystique Edge Day Spa & Salon
  • Rhonda Morgan from Mystique Edge Day Spa & Salon
  • Angie Pourier from Planet Hair
  • Kate Collins from Planet Hair
  • Kayla Trombetta from Planet Hair
  • Meghyn Cabot from Planet Hair
  • Sue Ballard from Salon De Soleil
  • LouAnn Thoemke from Shear Attitudes

YFS Receives More Than 800 Books From 11-Year-Old Student

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm by Brianna

Kaylee Boland, 11, stand with the books she collected for children at YFS programs.

Kaylee Boland, 11, stands with the books she collected for children at YFS programs.


On August 13, Youth & Family Services (YFS) received a wonderful donation– the gift of books!

Kaylee Boland, together with her mother Carol and sister Cara, delivered more than 850 books to Youth & Family Services’ Child Development Center. The books were collected during a book drive that was organized by Kaylee, an 11-year-old who will be entering 6th grade this fall. During the last school year, Kaylee learned that not all children are able to afford to have their own books at home and decided to organize a book drive to collect books for those who are less fortunate. The project is called Operation Books!

Kaylee’s original goal was to collect 1,000 but numbers have already surpassed 3,000.

The lot of books donated to Youth & Family Services will be dispersed throughout several of YFS’ programs. From all of us at Youth & Family Services, “Thank you, Kaylee!”


Target Donates $2,000 To YFS Literacy Program

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm by Brianna


Youth & Family Services is happy to announce that its Girls Incorporated® of Rapid City’s Reader’s Corner Literacy Program was recently awarded a $2,000 grant from Target. The funds from the grant will be used to assist YFS in pursuing its goal to help children increase their overall literacy skills and to help them form good study habits.

YFS Girls Inc.’s Reader’s Corner Literacy Program provides girls in kindergarten through third grade who have been identified as reading below grade level extra hands-on activities and support to increase their skills and to help them form good study habits. This window of time is especially crucial as research has shown that children who are not reading at their grade level by third grade will continue to struggle in school, are more likely to fall behind, and are less likely to graduate than their peers.

The grant awarded to YFS is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to build strong, safe, and healthy communities across the country. In 2013 alone, Target donated $98 million for education, bringing their total giving to date to $875 million. The company’s goal is to donate $1 billion to education by 2015.

For more information on YFS Girls Inc.’s Literacy Program or its efforts to promote literacy in our community, please call 342-4195 or visit

Black Hills Choppers’ Poker Ride Raises Thousands for YFS Programs

Posted on July 20, 2014 at 2:52 pm by Brianna


On Wednesday, July 16, staff members form Black Hills Choppers presented a check for more than $10,000 to Youth & Family Services.

This year, Black Hills Choppers hosted their 11th annual Ride for the Children Charity Ride and Auction. Each year, proceeds from the poker run are donated to a local charity that works to improve the lives of children in the Black Hills area. This year, the recipient of the funds was Youth & Family Services.

Bikers met and registered at Black Hills Choppers in Spearfish, SD on July 12. From Spearfish, riders went through Hulett, Alzada, Devil’s Tower, Sundance, W.Y., and then back to Spearfish. More than 30 bikers participated in the ride. Once back in Spearfish, the group gathered to enjoy a meal and silent auction. This was the first year Black Hills Choppers selected YFS as a partner.

Funds raised from the 11th annual Ride for the Children Charity Ride and Auction will be used to support the programs of Youth & Family Services.


Cosmopolitan Club Helps YFS Promote Healthy Lifestyles

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 9:00 am by Brianna


On June 23, the Rapid City Cosmopolitan Club presented a donation of $2,000 to support the Healthy Girls project at Girls Incorporated® of Rapid City, a program of Youth & Family Services.

This project promotes healthy lifestyles in an effort to prevent childhood obesity and diabetes among girls, ages 6-17. YFS Girls Inc. is the only program of its kind in western South Dakota that addresses the unique needs of girls. Last year, nearly 1,300 girls were enrolled in YFS Girls Inc.

The Healthy Girls project goals are to:

  • Provide educational materials and information to girls and their families about diabetes prevention
  • Promote and encourage daily physical activity and wise nutrition choices
  • Provide hands-on healthy nutrition activities
  • Provide one-on-one education to children who have been diagnosed with diabetes

The funds YFS Girls Inc. received from the Rapid City Cosmopolitan Club will be used to purchase educational materials, information, and other resources and support programming related to diabetes prevention, healthy lifestyles, proper nutrition, and obesity prevention. Promoting healthy behaviors for at-risk girls increases the number of people who are actively engaged in healthy living in the Rapid City community.