Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota

Everyday Heroes

In our most popular mentoring, Everyday Hero volunteers spend one hour per week one-on-one with an elementary, middle or high school student at school. Mentors and students enjoy a variety of activities together, such as working in the computer lab, playing board games, reading a book, playing basketball or simply eating lunch together and talking.

Everyday Heroes offers a flexible volunteer option. With more than 50 locations available, mentors can select a school that is near their home or office. Most mentors meet with their students during the school lunch hour (varies at each school, generally between 11 am and 1 pm).

School counselors (site coordinators) select any student in their building who can use extra one-to-one attention from a caring adult role model for this program. Site coordinators are responsible for matching students with volunteers and if needed, providing on-site assistance to the volunteer.

LSS began mentoring services in the Sioux Falls School District in 2001. In 2009, the program expanded to include Baltic, Brandon Valley, Canton, Garretson, Harrisburg, Lennox, Tea Area, Tri-Valley and West Central School Districts. In 2012, the program expanded to include Dell Rapids. Click on the Participating Schools menu for more information on each participating school.