EmBe has accepted participants for its 17-month 2019 Women’s Leadership Program beginning January of 2019. With more than 200 past participants, the 2019 class benefits from eight years of programming experience and community involvement. The applicants for the program represent a broad range of career paths and are chosen by committee to ensure that in addition to the leadership education, the connections that are made throughout the 17-month program will also enhance all the attendee's experience. Erin Bosch, Director of Women’s Programming said, “The focus of the Women’s Leadership Program is to use the personal experiences and skills of volunteer [...]
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Our annual "Tom the Turkey" food drive was a great success! This fun activity teaches our EmBe kids about giving back at an early age while raising important donations for Feeding South Dakota. This year, we raised 419 pounds of food! For every item of food the child donated, they got to color a feather to add to our turkey! As you can see, we had two very colorful birds when we finished! Children at both of our Sioux Falls locations participated. We are incredibly lucky to have EmBe families who understand the importance of giving to those who are [...]
Earlier this month, EmBe held a session of its In Dialogue series focused on work-life balance. A hot topic with women, the conversation covered balancing the best of who you are at home, work and in the community. Small groups shared ideas and a panel of local leaders shared ways to become more efficient, how and when to confidently say no and creative opportunities for self-care. Participant Takeaways "Balance is a practice. You have to continually work on it and it may never be perfect. What is most important is that you are present where ever you are." "Achieving 'work-life balance' can [...]
First comes Black Friday, then Small Business Saturday followed by Cyber Monday. But at EmBe our favorite day is Giving Tuesday. Started as a day for consumers take a break from holiday shopping and do some holiday giving instead. EmBe has been participating in Giving Tuesday events for several years. This year, EmBe is participating in South Dakota Day of Giving on Giving Tuesday. For the first time ever, South Dakota has a concentrated effort to raise the philanthropic efforts of nonprofits on Giving Tuesday. Through a series of challenges and tasks, South Dakota Gives will hand out $125,000 in [...]
After years of honing and perfecting their popular Babysitting Camp, EmBe is bringing their program to Mitchell for the first time. The camp will take place December 27 at LB Williams school. EmBe uses the national curriculum from "Smart Kids: Babysitting 101" to guide campers on being an entrepreneur, developing people skills, and building confidence! Babysitting is needed more now than in the past due to more parents working outside the home and for longer hours. Babysitting offers teens and tweens flexibility so they can still make it to soccer, SAT prep or go on a family vacation. This day camp [...]
Twice a year, EmBe conducts a ten-week volleyball program for children in grades 3 through 6. The league is broken into two divisions - 3rd and 4th grades and 5th and 6th grades. We believe in positively influencing youth through athletics that build confidence and quality friendships. Parent and Coach Raves! Our program is well-respected in the community and we love the feedback coaches and parents share with us each year. Here are five great reasons to get your child into EmBe's Volleyball program! "The kids have gained a skill that they can use for many years with rec leagues [...]
While lots of people were posted up in cozy clothes on couches last Sunday afternoon, more than 700 Girls on the Run, Heart and Sole and Let Me Run participants were crossing the finish line of a 5K. The bitter cold couldn’t stop the determined kids from accomplishing their season-long goal. We’ll be sharing a few more in depth stories about amazing kids in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here's some photos of our chilly but determined runners!
A record number of women were elected in yesterday’s midterm elections. From governorships to congressional races, women won in important races in South Dakota and across the country. In Congress At least 98 women won house races last night (some races are still pending), beating the previous record of 85 congresswomen. The women elected include the youngest woman ever elected and the first Native American and Muslim women ever elected to House of Representatives. In South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem became the first woman governor elected in South Dakota. She’s one of nine female governors which matches the previous record. [...]
Finding a skilled babysitter you can trust can be a challenge for parents. At EmBe, we teach nearly 100 kids the ins and outs of being good babysitters (and budding entrepreneurs)! EmBe's Youth Development Program Coordinator, Jennifer Swenson, went on KELOLAND Living last week to share tips on what to look for in a babysitter and what you can expect to learn in our Babysitting Camp.We're holding a winter break session of Babysitting Camp in December and have a few spots left open. Get your child registered today!Learn More!
Meredith Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, will be the keynote speaker at EmBe’s 6th Annual In Her Shoes Empowerment Breakfast on Thursday, February 7 from 7:30am–9:00am. In addition to Walker, the event will feature a compelling story of one local woman who will share her journey of strength and empowerment. The event proceeds benefit EmBe’s signature program, Dress for Success Sioux Falls, which encourages women to be all they can be. While many successful women appear to have always excelled, the stories preceding their success often deserve an audience of their own. “In Her Shoes [...]