Sioux Empire United Way invests in our community’s youth. We provide quality, early childhood education and ensure that school-age youth have a safe place to be when they’re not in school, but cannot be at home. Mental health care is a priority and available to students through their schools. Investing in children is investing in our community’s future. Your gift to Sioux Empire United Way helps:
- Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire’s Eastside Club supports youth and families by giving students a safe, supervised, engaging place to spend time. The program focuses on five core areas: the arts, education and career development, health and life skills, character and leadership skills, and sports and recreation. Last year, 358 students participated in the programming. An analysis of 68 afterschool studies concluded that high-quality afterschool programs can lead to improved attendance, behavior, and coursework. Students participating in a high-quality afterschool program went to school more often, behaved better, received better grades, and did better on tests compared to non-participating students. Learn more.
- Harmony South Dakota is a free after-school music program that provides opportunities for children ages 7 and up to participate in string orchestra, percussion ensembles, musicianship classes, and private instrumental lessons. Last year, 78 participants spent 360 hours in instruction through the program. Learn more.
- Connecting Kids creates the opportunity for children in grades K-8 to take part in an activity for a free or reduced rate. Last year, 687 used the Connecting Kids certificate. Children have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of sports, camps, classes, and fine art activities through 25 different partner organizations. A survey of parents found that 98% of respondents would not have been able to participate in activities without Connecting Kids. Learn more.
Click here to see our full list of programs that help children across the Sioux Empire.