Last week, over 40 USucceed students and mentors came together to celebrate the holiday season. They shared a meal, played BINGO and worked together on a few community service projects. The group made three fleece-tie blankets that were donated to the LSS Foster Care program. They also made dozens of greeting cards that will be sent to pediatric units at hospitals across the country.
Every December, LSS hosts a fun gathering for students and their mentors in USucceed. We always incorporate a service project because 1) kids love doing them and 2) so many don’t get a chance to volunteer outside of their time with their mentor.
The LSS USucceed Program matches volunteers with high school students who commit to meeting four hours per month. They can meet at school or out and about in the community. Many volunteers love the flexibility that this program offers as well as the accompanying events LSS hosts each month that are informative and fun for high school aged youth.
As we head into 2017, there are about a dozen Sioux Falls area high school students who are wanting a mentor. Many students waiting have very little family support and are anxious to connect with a caring mentor as they approach the crossroads of adolescence and adulthood. They are reaching out to improve their life – will you consider reaching your hand back to help them? If you are, please apply today.
Post by Michelle Madsen