Introducing LSS Climb

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As you likely know, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sioux Empire ended their affiliation with Big Brothers Big Sisters America and transitioned to LSS Mentoring Services.

Now that the transition is complete, we are excited to announce the program will now be known as LSS Climb. Climb represents the journey mentors and children take to reach success. A mentor supports the child they are matched with as they climb toward a bright future.

Climb will serve youth ages 7-14 by matching them with a mentor and allowing them to meet in the community at times that work for both the mentor and child. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and successfully complete an application, screening and training process.

If you know of a child that would enjoy the opportunity to be part of LSS Climb, the first step is for their parent/guardian to complete an application.

LSS will work closely with each match to ensure everyone is having the best experience possible. There are currently 122 mentors in the Climb program and several kids waiting.

In Leadershift, John C. Maxwell wrote:

In a world that tells you to “get ahead”, it’s tempting to believe that advancing yourself is the best way to become a leader. Climbing the corporate ladder is just the price you pay–and people will understand if you have to step on a few fingers as you make your way to the top.

Except the question leaders should ask isn’t “How far can I go?”, but “How far can I help others go?”

Or–even better–“How far can I take the mission, and then how can I help others take the mission beyond my best work.”

While “climbing the ladder” helps you prove yourself in order to gain influence, you take your leadership to a whole new level when you hold other people’s ladders as they begin their climb.

This is the perfect represenation of LSS Climb. There are kids in Sioux Falls who need someone to hold up their ladder. Can we count on you in 2020?

Post by Michelle Madsen, LSS Mentoring Services
Michelle.Madsen@LssSD.org | 605-444-7801

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