Youth and Family Services Community Center Received Rapid City Youth STEM Research Grant

RAPID CITY, SD (KOTA) -Youth and Family Services received a donation from the Les Paul Foundation.

Money that will go towards STEM programming for middle school youth in Rapid City.

The community center has been providing space for children in the community to be themselves for fifty-seven years. With the college’s new curriculum… children are allowed to explore different areas of science, technology and sports while connecting with other young people.

Tayonna Sia, a student volunteer at the center says she has been coming to the youth center for nine years and appreciates the adults who volunteer at the center.

She says, “I think the coolest thing is that there are people willing to help out with this program and spending time with kids who really want to come here and enjoy their time here.”

Corey Olde, program coordinator for the new middle school curriculum, says this new grant will help provide kids with opportunities to grow…it doesn’t have to be traditional.

Odle says, “We have different learning opportunities here; we don’t have to go the traditional route. We still offer so many different platforms to learn the things that kids are interested in. They learn a lot here. Lately, in the boys’ class, they’ve been really interested in doing puzzles. »

Olde says the best reward is bringing back alumni and helping mentor the next generation.

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Jill E. Washington