Enroll a Child in a LSS Mentoring Services Program
Since 2001, LSS has worked in partnership with Sioux Falls area schools to match thousands of students with adult mentors.
Mentors are an additional caring adult in a child’s life who can provide support, expand possibilities and be a friend. Safety is our first priority, and all youth mentors are thoroughly trained and background screened before meeting with a student.
Enroll your child in one of the three youth mentor programs.
Children ages 7 to 14 who live in Lincoln or Minnehaha counties can enroll in LSS Climb. Enrollment must be completed by a parent/guardian. Parent involvement is a big part of making a child’s participation in the LSS Climb program a success. Parents need to work with mentors to schedule meetings and communicate with program staff about their child.
The first step to enroll your child is to complete a LSS Climb Child Enrollment Application. After reviewing the application, a LSS Climb case manager will be in touch to coordinate a child and parent interview to complete the enrollment process.
Any high school student enrolled in school or living in Lincoln or Minnehaha counties can be part of the LSS USucceed program. Students can be referred by school personnel, parents, social service providers or can refer themselves. Ideally, students enroll in USucceed during their freshman year with the intention to meet with a mentor through their high school graduation.
LSS works closely with students, their families and mentors in the USucceed program and makes matches in this program. Matches are made and supervised by both LSS and the students’ school. Click here for a USucceed Enrollment Application.
LSS Everyday Heroes program works in partnership with 12 school districts: Sioux Falls, Baltic, Brandon Valley, Canton, Dell Rapids, Flandreau, Garretson, Harrisburg, Lennox, Tea, Tri-Valley and West Central.
Each school within those districts has a mentor coordinator, most often the school counselor, who matches students with a mentor. To get a child on the list to have an Everyday Heroes mentor, contact the school the child attends.
Any student can be matched with a mentor or referred to the program. Matches are made at the discretion of the mentor coordinator at that school and are based on student need and the potential for match success. In most districts, students in grades K-12 are eligible to have a mentor through the LSS Everyday Heroes program. At some schools, Head Start students (ages 3-5) can be matched with a mentor.