In January 2012, LSS launched USucceed, a mentoring service for high school students. The program has had a successful first year! USucceed mentors and students commit to active participation in the relationship until the students high school graduation. Mentors assist students in setting and meeting goals in: relationship development, independent living and academics. In addition to meeting one-on-one, matches are invited to participate in monthly group activities coordinated by LSS. Please see the list below to help us offer a big THANKS to all of the individuals and organizations that have helped with programming in 2012!
Through USucceed University, a unique collaboration of higher education institutions in Sioux Falls created by Dr. Mark Lee of the University Center, students gained a wealth of knowledge. They received information on career development, college life, financial aid information and more. We look forward to our continued partnership with this group of professionals!
USucceed matches were able to participate in various community service projects in 2012. The group was represented at the city-wide Volunteer Sioux Falls event coordinated by the HelpLine Center. They also were able to pack lunches for day laborers at the Lunch is Served program. Matches were also able to help local shelter pets by making dog bones. In addition, students made greeting cards that were sent to military personnel who are deployed abroad.
Independent Living Skills
Students were guided through a local HyVee by one of their dieticians. They learned about healthy options to choose on a budget and how to review nutrition labels. Students were also able to hear a presentation from the LSS director of Human Resources about the important first steps to take when looking for a job.
While all events were fun and informative, there were some opportunities for matches to just relax and spend time together. The group was able to attend a Pheasants game, Thunder Road, the corn maze and enjoyed fellowship and fun at a holiday celebration.
We are excited to bring events to the dozens of USucceed matches in 2013!