The Sioux Empire United Way in Sioux Falls selected Lutheran Social Services to launch a new mentor program called USucceed.
Posted on 11/10/2011
The Sioux Empire United Way in Sioux Falls selected Lutheran Social Services to launch a new mentor program called USucceed. This program is designed for volunteers to mentor students who have a disproportionate number of risk indicators for dropping out of high school. For example, they do not live with a parent or guardian and have limited support. Intervention efforts are critical early on. It is the appropriate stage of development to best absorb and benefit from the skills of a mentor. The mentor will help the student tackle issues related to living independently, finding a job and completing high school.
USucceed will begin in January and include 30 high school freshmen from schools in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties. Mentors and referred students committing to the USucceed program will spend at least four hours per month together for the duration of the students’ high school career. As a new school year starts, there will be an additional group of 30 freshmen who will begin USucceed.
Under the guidance of LSS staff, mentors and students will focus on three primary areas—relationship building, independent living skills and academics including high school graduation.
“USucceed will show students that their mentors and the community do care about them,” says Michelle Madsen, LSS Mentoring Programs director.