Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota


USucceed is an innovative mentoring program for high school students. Each year, a group of 30 high school freshman will be matched with a mentor. Students identified as needing additional support will be the first priority of this program.

USucceed mentors and students will commit to four years of active participation in the relationship. This will help ensure a stable presence and support throughout the student’s high school career. Mentors will assist students in setting and meeting goals in: relationship development, independent living and academics.

Mentors and students in this program must agree to report on their activity to LSS each month and work as a team to set and meet goals.

Students must be referred to this program by school personnel, case managers, counselors or other support professionals. LSS will match qualifying students (based on need and student interest level) with mentors.

The Avera McKennan Sister Sheila Schnell Scholarship Endowment has been developed specifically to provide opportunities to area students who graduate from high school after completing the USucceed program. This new college scholarship program was developed at University Center by Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center.