"A wise person plants a tree for shade in which they will never sit in."
...each of us can help one person.
Sioux Falls is a community full of opportunities and an incredible quality of life that many of us have come to love. Many of us are also blessed to have family and friends who help us feel valued, loved and supported. You can likely think of someone who was influential in your life journey and helped make you into the person you are today.
Unfortunately, there are many in the Sioux Falls area in need of a support network and someone to walk along their side for guidance and hope. Someone willing to invest time in them. To show them they matter. To guide them on a path to future success.
In January, the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, the Helpline Center, Lawrence and Schiller and the City of Sioux Falls launched an initiative called Sioux 52 to recruit 5200 new mentors in the Sioux Falls area by 2026. Our community already has incredible programs through organizations such as Lutheran Social Services, Teammates, Collision, the Community Outreach and many more. What we need today is more people to commit to mentoring through these fantastic programs.
Mentoring takes a variety of forms and the needs are many. It could be a child or teenager with a difficult home life, an ex-felon reintegrating to life after prison, a new American family, or a young employee or entrepreneur. Your time commitment to just one person would be life changing for them and I have no doubt it would enrich your life as well.
To help reach our goal of 5200 mentors, we are also forming partnerships with businesses and organizations that will encourage mentoring by providing time-off for their employees to mentor through one of the Sioux Falls' mentorship programs. Our kick-off partners include Click Rain, First Bank & Trust, First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard, Girl Scouts – Dakota Horizons, Grand Prairie Foods, Lawrence and Schiller, MarketBeat and Maximizing Excellence.
The City of Sioux Falls also recently announced Volunteer Time Off for our employees to spend in the community as mentors. I hope you will consider this for your organizations and join us in this worthy cause.
To sign up as a mentor or business partner, go to sioux52.org or simply call 2-1-1.
None of us can help everyone in our city, but each of us can help one person. By doing so, collectively we will make a significant and long-lasting impact in Sioux Falls that will help shape the future of our community. Each of us has room in our life for at least one more relationship. Please consider making your next relationship a mentorship.