The Youth Development Collaborative is creating a network of agencies and individuals who serve and advocate for youth. The goal: connecting middle- and high-school-age students to education, career opportunities, resources and programming. Click here to apply for membership in the collaborative. Applications are due by midnight Monday, Aug. 15, 2022.

Programming available outside of school time (and often outside school buildings) serves a valuable purpose for middle- and high-school-age students. According to the Afterschool Alliance, out-of-school time (OST) activities inspire students to learn, improve their social and emotional well-being, and keep them safe.

A majority of middle- and high-school students spend at least some time in self-care. And during the summer, roughly one-third spend 30 or more hours without supervision each week.

In Sioux Falls, more than 4,000 teens are in need of OST supervision, according to a study by Augustana Research Institute on behalf of Sioux Falls Thrive.

Youth Development Collaborative Responds

The Youth Development Collaborative — an engagement collaborative of Sioux Falls Thrive — is responding to this need by bringing together agencies and individuals serving and advocating for youth. Collaborative members network, stay informed of community services and programs, and find solutions to identified community issues facing youth in Sioux Falls.


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The Youth Development Collaborative’s goal is to:

Create pathways to connect targeted groups of middle-school and high-school-aged youth to education, career opportunities, resources, and programs that are primarily designed to enhance their:

Power Skills (aka Soft Skills)

  • Ability to interact effectively and harmoniously with others.
  • Ability to communicate with others in a variety of ways including verbal, nonverbal, written, and visual.
  • Ability to contribute to their groups and share responsibilities.

Technical Skills

  • Ability or knowledge needed to do practical tasks in the areas of science, the arts, technology, engineering, math, and others.
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Be part of the solution. Help create a network of organizations and tools for teens to connect to programs and services. Follow the link below to apply.

Applications are due by midnight Monday, Aug. 15, 2022.

Target Groups

  • Youth who are disconnected or without a sense of belonging to parents, employment, or friends.
  • Youth who are low-income, but not exclusively.
  • Youth from the immigrant population, but not exclusively.


  • Create a community networking group that collaborates to build youth programs and improve program outreach to youth.
  • Develop a website resource database for school counselors to use to refer students to programming.
  • From the website, develop an app to help kids connect to kids.
  • Pilot a model project to maximize youth programming.

Members Serve Two-Year Terms

Youth Development Collaborative team members serve for a term of two years after which they may self-select to renew their term or leave the group.

The Youth Development Collaborative will meet monthly on Tuesdays from 8:30-10 a.m. Due to the initial scope of work, the group will meet on Tuesdays, 8:30-10 a.m. every other week through January 2023.

The Youth Development Collaborative operates under a consensus model for decision making purposes.

First meeting for new members will be Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022.


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