Posted on January 5, 2015 at 10:39 am by Brianna
The Diamonds and Denim Dinner Theatre is Youth & Family Services’ annual, two-night event put on to raise funds for its seven, comprehensive programs which serve more than 13,000 children and families in western South Dakota each year.
This featured event, now in its tenth year of operation, provides its guests with a sensational meal and an evening full of fun and entertainment. A silent auction is also conducted each evening. YFS’ silent auction boasts a wide variety of items including gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses, artwork from both local and national artists, jewelry, trip and experience packages, unique toys for children, and much more!
To view our brochure or for more information, click here!
Posted on December 18, 2014 at 10:02 am by Brianna
“One Family, One Team, One Plan.”
The goal of Youth & Family Services’ Intensive Family Support Program is to help families develop the skills needed to maintain a safe, nurturing, and stable family environment. This will reduce the number of youths with behavioral health needs who require out-of-home care.
The unique needs of each family will be addressed and supported through local resources and an integrated system of community providers whose goal is to reduce the need for out-of-home child placement.
For more information on this program, please call Amanda Hermsen at (605) 342-4789 or click here to view our brochure.
Posted on December 11, 2014 at 10:13 am by Brianna
Woodworkers unloading the hand-crafted toys at Youth & Family Services.
Santa’s elves weren’t the only toy makers handcrafting items for good little girls and boys! For the seventh year in a row, members of the Rapid City Woodworkers Association (RCWA) spent the last year working on more than 2,500 toys for children in area programs, including children in Youth & Family Services (YFS) Head Start programs. On Tuesday, Dec. 9 members from the RCWA delivered 651 handmade wooden toys to the YFS facility at 1920 Plaza Blvd.
The children were absolutely thrilled with these toys and play commenced immediately!
Darcie Decker, YFS’ Director of Community Outreach stated, “The looks on the children’s faces when they received these hand-crafted toys was truly heart-warming experience. We are so thankful for the generosity and support we receive from the RCWA.”
The mission of the RCWA is to promote woodworking safety, skills, and knowledge for the amateur, professional, and student craftsperson. The RCWA was formed to meet the needs of the woodworkers in the Rapid City area.
Posted on December 11, 2014 at 9:36 am by Brianna
Pictured left to right: Deanna Lien, South Dakota Community Foundation Board Member; Burke Eilers, Director of Youth & Family Services’ Counseling Center; John Gordon, Director of Youth & Family Services’ Fatherhood First program; Peg Seljeskog, South Dakota Community Foundation Board Member; and Dr. Charles Hart, South Dakota Community Foundation Board Member.
On December 5, two staff members from Youth & Family Services accepted a check in the amount of $10,000 from the Black Hills Community Foundation.
John Gordon, Director of Youth & Family Services’ Fatherhood First program and Burke Eilers, Director of Youth & Family Services’ Counseling Center accepted the donation which will be used to support both YFS’ Fatherhood First program as well as YFS’ Mentoring, Encouraging, and Nurturing Dads (MEND) program. The funds were granted through South Dakota Community Foundation’s Community Innovation Grant Program.
YFS’ Fatherhood First is an innovative program designed to educate families, staff and the community about the importance of fathers in the lives of children through a hands-on curriculum. The YFS Fatherhood First program allows fathers to fully understand and embrace the vital role they play in their children’s lives.
YFS’ MEND program works to assist fathers who are separated from their families by teaching them to communicate, engage, and align with their children, even during times of physical separation. YFS’ MEND program is open to community members as well as fathers of children enrolled in YFS programs.
Posted on November 21, 2014 at 12:15 pm by Brianna
As the holiday season approaches, two local radio stations are bringing it upon themselves to help create magical memories for girls enrolled in YFS Girls Inc.’s program. Classic Hits Q 92-3 and SHE 106-3 are enlisting the help their listeners to try and fulfill the holiday wishes of these girls.
Staff members at the Duhamel Broadcasting stations are urging community members to come down to 518 St. Joseph St. and pick up a card with the name, age, and gift wish of child. Community members are then asked to purchase the gift, wrap it, and bring it back to the station with card. YFS staff members will deliver the gifts to the girls the week of Christmas. Q 92-3 and SHE 106-3 have been collecting gifts for YFS Girls Inc. members for years.
What a special way to spread some holiday cheer to children in our community!