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OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS IS FIRST ACCOUNTABLE TO THE YOUTH WE SERVE, AND THE YOUTH ACTION BOARD WHO PROVIDE THEIR EXPERTISE WITH HOUSING INSECURITIES, TO HELP SHAPE OUR PROGRAMS AND SERVICES.
The YAB is a diverse group of young people ages 13-24, reflective of young people experiencing homelessness in our region.
The YAB works with the State Continuum of Care, helping to create solutions for youth homelessness.
We’ve had a total of 98 young people between the ages of 13 and 24 attend the meetings, as of June 2020.
Mission and Vision of the YAB:
Mission – “We are a youth led group that advocates, educates, learns, uses, and gains resources to create a positive change in the ongoing homeless youth problems in our community.”
Vision - “Change Starts somewhere, why not here?”
The YAB membership is open to all youth, is inclusive, and has representation of many intersecting identities.
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Your support enables us to continue programs to help youth overcome obstacle.
Stabilizing, safe, secure, supportive Transitional Housing on site and referral, for youth 18-24 through the Drop-In Center.
Youth 18-24 will be provided Case Management, with assessment, consultation, action and goal planning to provide tools necessary to exit transitional housing to permanent independent living.
Runaway and Homeless Emergency Shelter:
Runaway Homeless Youth Emergency Shelter to youth ages 10-17, through referral at the Drop-In Center.
Youth can stay in Shelter Care for up to 21 days under the Runaway and Homeless Youth services. During this time, Shelter Care Case Managers work with the youth and their families to identify a safe discharge plan.
Youth Trauma Center trained Therapists will support through trauma screening, assessments, Case Management, and Mental Health Services to participating youth through the Drop-In Center.
Services include Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), Project Making Medicine (Culturally adapted TFCBT for Native youth), Problematic Sexual Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Equine Psychotherapy, Client Centered Play Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, and more.
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault:
Domestic violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Human Trafficking advocacy, education, Case Management and support services on site and through referral.
Through referral additional services to youth who are or have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking are available.
Services include a 24/7 crisis line, emergency shelter, ED response, Case Management, emergency financial assistance, legal services, court advocacy, community education, individual and group emotional support, and information/referrals.
Various Workforce Programs and Services designed to assist youth to achieve employment, training goals, and secure sustainable careers.
Intensive Case Management.
Job Search Workshops and Training Services.
Direct Services from Wagner-Peyser Act and/or other Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs.
Tutoring available to all youth to assist with educational goals.
Education Services for youth 18 and older who are interested in pursuing their GED® and for those who have a high school diploma but need an academic refresher to go on to post-secondary education and/or training.
Workforce Connections for youth 18 and older to provide career navigation support, mentoring, and advocacy to individuals pursuing their GED® to continue to post-secondary education and/or training.
Medical Education and Referral:
On-site educational services, referral, Case Management to assist youth in navigating medical needs, and medical systems.
Medically trained and informed staff will meet with youth on site and take referral.
Food Pantry on site, that will provide a no cost, take what you need, shopping experience, for youth to ensure that food insecurities are not a barrier.
Showers, Laundry, and Personal Care Items:
Showers, and no cost Laundry on site to support youth.
Diverse selection of personal care items includes all the basic necessities to help those who need it most.
You can find complete care packages featuring essential items, such as soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, razors, and more.
Career Clothing Closet, to help youth achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help youth thrive in work and in life.
Volunteers will work with youth to help choose an interview outfit, to be provided free of charge to youth, and will also provide guidance and support for upcoming interviews.
Street Outreach and Transportation:
Street Outreach to help identify youth ages 16-24 in need of assistance.
Provide youth with transportation to the Drop-In Center or referral appointments.
Computer Lab, Internet, and Technology:
Computer Lab available for youth, as well as telephones, access to internet and technology in order to meet housing, personal or work-related needs.
Independent Livings Skills:
Independent Living Skills Programs provides youth a hybrid of one-on-one or group learning independent living skills training and case management services.
Independent living skills are individualized to each youth, based on youth goals, and is mentor, community or Case Management lead.
Youth receive hands on training in self-sufficiency skills such as obtaining housing, creating and managing a budget, career and education planning, credit building, food preparation and cooking, engaging in safe and healthy relationships and securing and maintaining employment.
Youth help create workshops, based on personal goals and needs.
Peer Navigation and Support:
Peer navigation is a best practice which utilizes youth with past lived experiences of homelessness to assist those who are currently unhoused.
The Drop-In Center employ Peer Navigators, whose shared personal experience serves as evidence of pathways to housing, improved health, and stability, as well as social and emotional support for youth who are at their most vulnerable.
Case management utilizes a collaborative and planned approach to ensuring that a youth who experiences, or at risk of, homelessness gets the services and supports that they need to move forward with independent lives.
Case Management is used broadly to support youth overcome challenges and obstacles to independent living.
It is a comprehensive and strategic form of service provision where Case Management assesses the needs of the youth (and potentially their family and or household) and, as appropriate, arranges, coordinates and advocates for delivery and access to a range of programs and services designed to meet the individual’s needs and goals.
Not only do we provide services and programs for youth, The Drop-In Center, The Circle, also provides some pretty awesome social and emotional events for youth. Watch our social media for upcoming events.
We anticipate opening Spring 2023. The Drop-In Center will be housed a former church, 8,000 square feet, with Transitional Housing in an additional 2016 square feet. The property is almost an acre and has opportunity to meet the needs of youth and young adults.
The Drop-In and Transitional Housing Center, ‘The Circle’, is a much-needed bridge of support for youth ages 16-24 to help address obstacles, provide support, and assist youth at risk of, or experiencing homelessness in the Rapid City area.
The Circle is available to youth and young adults 365 days per year, and does not close for holidays, as well as offers extended hours from 1pm to 8pm to best serve youth.
Currently, in Rapid City, in our schools, and neighborhood, there are hundreds, if not thousands of youth at risk, or literally houseless.
1 in 10 Youth ages 18-25 face homelessness each year.
1 in 30 Youth ages 13-17 face homelessness each year.
Rapid City School District has identified over 750 students at risk of or experiencing homelessness, just this school year.
Many of the students identified are living doubled up, meaning they are living with other people, such as a grandparent, or friend of the family, the lease or mortgage is not in their name, or their guardians name, and are still considered ‘at risk’ of homelessness.
This doesn't include young adults 18-24, or youth not engaged with the school district.
Some supports, based on youth and young adult goals, include:
Runaway and Homeless Emergency Shelter
Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking, and Human Trafficking Advocacy, Education, and Case Management
Medical Education and Referral
Showers, Laundry, and Personal Care Items
Computer Lab, Internet, and Technology
Independent Living Skills Workshops
Social and Emotional Events
At the Circle, we believe in supporting youth through obstacles to empower and lead to independent living.