The work of Sioux Falls Thrive is driven by the commitment of more than 100 volunteers. They serve on our three Action Teams, provide leadership in the community, and offer a wealth of experience to benefit children in Sioux Falls.
John Hegg is active as a member of the Out-of-School Time Action Team and a partner in our middle school after school task team. He is a retired middle school counselor and adjunct professor at the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, and Augustana University. Here’s a little more information about John and his commitment to Thrive.
There is more to you than a job title.
Tell us about the work that really lights your fire.
It was a daily but usually positive challenge to share time with young adolescents and their parents as we worked together to develop strategies to help them all navigate through this vulnerable time in human development.
What’s Thrive to you?
You are always involved in meetings and volunteering to help with the next right thing. Tell us what about Thrive makes you want to participate in this work?
As a mental health professional, I learned long ago the mental health benefit for a majority of adolescents to be involved in out of school activities. This can be an important time of day in an adolescent’s life if the program is high quality and led and directed by constructive, positive people.