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Sioux 52 Mentoring Initiative

The Sioux 52 Mentoring Initiative seeks to unify Sioux Falls area non-profit, business, and faith communities in order to create a universal, significant and long-lasting commitment to mentoring in our city. The goal is to recruit 5,200 mentors by 2026 and for the City of Sioux Falls to become known as the City of Mentoring. Mentoring in our community truly makes a difference and changes lives for the better. Sioux 52 is a collaboration between the City of Sioux Falls, Helpline Center, the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, Lawrence & Schiller as well as business leaders and mentoring organizations in the Sioux Falls region. 

For more information call 211 or email vol@helplinecenter.org

Want to Become a Mentor? Click the button below to complete the interest form. The Helpline Center will then review your application and provide you with mentoring program opportunities that fit your time and interest. 

Become a Mentor

Want to Become a Business Partner? Click the button below to register your business.  Businesses included in the list are encouraging their employees to mentor and are providing them time during their work day to volunteer.

Become a Business Partner

Do you have a Mentor Program? Click the button below to register your organizations that offer existing mentoring services and has a need for more mentors. Qualifying programs will be listed as partner mentor programs and promoted to those interested in volunteering as a mentor. 

Register a Mentor Program

Do you Need a Mentor? Click the categories below to connect with a Sioux 52 Mentoring Partner Program.

Youth Mentoring Programs

AMMY (Adults Mentoring Minority Youth) – The AMMY program offers help to minority youth at risk. Mentors are role models who meet with students once a week to provide support to immigrant & refugee high school age students. To learn more about Adults Mentoring Minority Youth, through Translators of Culture, contact Irina Goubanova at irinag@sio.midco.net.

Bartlett Foundation
Our scholarship program affords youth’s access to competitive athletic programming. By participating in our program each scholared athlete is paired with a mentor. Coach advocates for their success on the court while their mentor off the court. Low income 3rd – 12th grade athletes. For more information, please contact Director@BartlettFoundation.org or (605) 271-7472.

Collision – Youth ministry that empowers students through mentoring, training, and other resources to help equip them to share the hope of Christ in their schools and with their peers. For more information, please contact Collision at (605) 400-1929 or info@collision.org.

EmBe – Girls on the Run – Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity-based, positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-5th grades. Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident by using fun, experience based curriculum that teaches life skills through interactive lessons and running games. For more information, please contact Allison at (605)  681-8328 or asinning@embe.org.

Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons – Guiding girls through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, including our four pillars of Life Skills, Entrepreneurship, STEM and Outdoor. Girls, Grades K – 12. For more information, please contact Girl Scouts by calling 800-666-2141.

Hurdle Life Coach Foundation – CHANGE Diversion Program – The CHANGE mentorship program is a personal and professional character development training program for individuals in the midst of a transition in life born of personal adversity. We support youth ages 11-17 and also adults 18 and older.  For more information, please contact Hurdle Life Coach at (605) 838-7898 or thehurdlelifecoach@gmail.com

Junior Achievement of South Dakota – JA volunteer mentors go into classrooms and use the JA pre-developed curriculum to teach students about careers, money, and business ownership while weaving in their own personal life and business experiences. Grades K-12. For more information, please contact JA by calling 605-336-7318.

LSS Climb – Community based mentoring for children ages 7-14 in the Sioux Falls area. Climb mentors meet with youth as they look to reach a bright future. This program is ideal for families and mentors needing flexible meeting opportunities. For more information, please contact LSS Mentoring Services at 605-221-2403 or Mentoring@LssSD.org.

LSS Everyday Heroes – Everyday Hero volunteers spend one hour per week with an elementary, middle or high school student at the school. Everyday Heroes mentors can volunteer in public school districts in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties, Grades PreK to 12. For more information, please contact LSS Mentoring Services at 605-221-2403 or Mentoring@LssSD.org.

LSS USucceed – Mentoring program especially for high school students. Mentors meet with a student in or outside of school. Matches commit to 4 years of meeting 4 hours per month. Matches focus on college and career planning, community service and relationship development. Grades 9-12. For more information, please contact LSS Mentoring Services at 605-221-2403 or Mentoring@LssSD.org.

Multi-Cultural Center of Sioux Falls – The Multi-Cultural Center is a state-licensed after school and out of school facility. We have six youth programs. that work on academic skills. All but one program work with K-5 students. For more information, please contact Multi-Cultural Center of Sioux Falls by calling 605-367-7401.

REACH Literacy – Bee A Reading Buddy – Bee a reading buddy to kids in grades 2-8. Volunteers will meet with a child once a week for 30 minutes to read.  For more information, please contact REACH at (605) 332-2665 or brianna@reachliteracy.org.

Sioux Falls Young Life – Young Life is caring adults to enter the world of kids, building transformational relationships of life, grounded in Christ. We are in schools mentoring, monitoring, supporting. We share life and Jesus in relationships, bible studies, camp, and more. For more information, please contact Sioux Falls Young Life at siouxfallsyl@gmail.com.

TeamMates Mentoring of Sioux Falls – TeamMates is a school-based, one-to-one mentoring program co-founded by Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne. The focus of the program is for an adult volunteer to help build a positive relationship with a student so as to help them reach their full potential. Grades 3-12. One hour per week during the school year. For more information, please contact TeamMates by calling 605-367-4483.

Volunteers of America, Dakotas – Kidz Count – Afterschool programming for K-5th grade students who attend Terry Redlin Elementary. For more information, please contact Volunteers of America by calling 605-334-1414.

Volunteers of America, Dakotas – Youth Center – Academic, social, recreational afterschool program for students ages 7-17. For more information, please contact Volunteers of America by calling 605-334-1414.

Volunteers of America, Dakotas – Axis180 – Housing and case management supports to young adults experiencing homelessness so they may live independently. Young adults between 16-21 years old. For more information, please contact Volunteers of America by calling 605-334-1414.

Adult/Family Mentoring Programs

Bethany Christian Services – Safe Families for Children Temporary Crisis Care of Children and Mentoring of Parents. Mentoring Socially Isolated, Mostly Single Mothers, Families Living Within Poverty Guidelines. For more information, please contact Bethany Christian Services by calling 605-336-6999.

Call To Freedom, Inc. – Call to Freedom provides supportive services for victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Mentors play a vital link in a client’s support system by introducing them to experiences that contribute to their stability and reintegration into the community. For more information, please contact Call To Freedom by calling 605-261-1880.

Dress for Success Sioux Falls, powered by EmBe – Dress for Success Sioux Falls is dedicated to improving the lives of women located in the Sioux Falls area. The professional clothing, employment retention programs and ongoing support that we provide our clients symbolize our faith in every woman’s ability to succeed. For more information or questions, please call (605) 610-0665 or email dfssfoffice@embe.org.

EmBe – EMPOWERMentors – EMPOWERMentors is a mentorship program for women who have graduated from the Tapestry Women’s Career Network after being employed for at least a year and now receive encouragement and guidance in developing a career goal/plan. For more information or questions, please contact Lori Strasburg at 605.610.0665 or lstrasburg@embe.org.

EmBe – Women to the Workforce – Women to the Workforce is a 10-session career development program that provides tools to build confidence, gain career skills, utilize job search resources and build personal networks with the help of the program facilitator and mentors, as well as class peers. For more information or questions, please contact Lori Strasburg at 605.610.0665 or lstrasburg@embe.org.

Hurdle Life Coach Foundation – CHANGE Diversion Program The CHANGE mentorship program is a personal and professional character development training program for individuals in the midst of a transition in life born of personal adversity. We support youth ages 11-17 and also adults 18 and older.  For more information, please contact Hurdle Life Coach at (605) 838-7898 or thehurdlelifecoach@gmail.com

LifeScape
LifeScape provides a wide range of services for children and adults who have disabilities and medical rehabilitation needs―from very mild to very complex. For more information, please contact LifeScape at 605-444-9500.

LSS Center for New Americans
The LSS Center for New Americans helps refugees become self-sufficient through a variety of services, including community orientation, case management, employment services, English classes, citizenship classes and immigration services. For more information, please contact LSS Center for New Americans by calling 605-731-2000.

Primary – To coach/mentor those on parole who desire their lives transformed. For more information, please contact Primary at (605) 977-0760 or info@ourprimary.com.

SCORE South Dakota – Business Volunteer Mentoring and Coaching. Our experienced business mentors provide advice on every aspect of business and can help you online or in person. For more information, please contact SCORE at 605-280-3642 or julie.johnson@scorevolunteer.org.

The Community Outreach – Genesis Mentoring Program – Genesis Mentoring is a program for individuals and families striving to make difficult life changes to improve their ability to obtain or retain safe and permanent housing. We match a qualified individual or family with a volunteer who has been trained as mentors. For more information, please contact The Community Outreach at 605-331-3935.

USD Coyote Career Kickstart   – The goals of USD’s new Coyote Career Kickstart program are to improve affordability by helping provide job opportunities and to develop students work-ready skills and practical career connections through alumni association resources and mentoring.   For more information, please contact Linda Halliburton at 605-274-9519 or at workscholars@usd.edu. 

Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship -Startup Sioux Falls is a community organization operated by the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship that connects small business owners and startup founders to one another and to the startup ecosystem in the Sioux Falls SD. Email info@realzeal.com to set up a mentor match session with Zeal Staff!

Senior Mentoring Programs

LSS Better Together – Volunteers meet with adults aged 65+ who live independently. Matches focus on connecting to the community, relationship development and companionship. For more information, please contact LSS Mentoring Services at 605-221-2403 or Mentoring@LssSD.org.

Mentoring Success Stories

From a recent Genesis Mentor Program Graduate, “Through the Genesis program, I was able to get help. I cannot stress enough how grateful I am to have met these wonderful people that I know God sent to me during the worst time of my life. They will lead you to success and make sure you are stable before letting you go. With them, I was able to purchase a new car under my name, find affordable daycare, pay all my bills on time, and treat my kids and myself.

Daren and Archer are part of LSS USucceed a High School Mentoring Program.  They have been steadily meeting since Archer was in 3rd grade. He will graduate this May from Lincoln, and then in August, will go to Basic Training. Archer has found success in school and activities and has enjoyed the support and encouragement from Daren.  Archer said, “I talk to Daren about situations that are going on with school, relationships and everything else. I like telling him about things in my life and I like to hear his stories about everything from owning a business to some of the trips that he takes.”

Mentor Programs

Youth
AMMY (Adults Mentoring Minority Youth)
Bartlett Foundation
Collision
EmBe – Girls on the Run
Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons
Hurdle Life Coach Foundation – CHANGE Diversion Program
Junior Achievement of South Dakota
LSS Climb
LSS Everyday Heroes
LSS USucceed
Multi-Cultural Center of Sioux Falls
REACH Literacy – Bee A Reading Buddy
Sioux Falls Young Life
TeamMates Mentoring of Sioux Falls
Volunteers of America, Dakotas – Kidz Count
Volunteers of America, Dakotas – Youth Center
Volunteers of America, Dakotas – Axis180

Adult/Family
Bethany Christian Services – Safe Families for Children
Call to Freedom, Inc.
Dress for Success Sioux Falls, powered by EmBe
EmBe – EMPOWERMentors
EmBe – Women to the Workforce
Hurdle Life Coach Foundation – CHANGE Diversion Program
LifeScape
LSS Center for New Americans
Primary
SCORE South Dakota
The Community Outreach – Genesis Mentoring Program
USD Coyote Career Kickstart
Zeal + Startup Sioux Falls Mentor Network

Senior
Dow Rummel Village
LSS Better Together

Business Partners

Contact Info

For more information about Sioux 52
Call: 211
Email: vol@helplinecenter.org

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