The South Dakota School-Age Care Alliance and South Dakota Afterschool Network hosted Afterschool Day at the Capitol on February 6. As part of the program, the FIRST LEGO League First Place Champion traveled to Pierre to share their presentation and talk to our legislators. The team When Life Gives You Llamas from O’Gorman Junior High School in Sioux Falls, SD, presented to the Democratic Caucus and was part of the recognition of FIRST LEGO League on the floor of the House. It is an incredible honor, as well as a powerful example of STEM programming, team building, and gracious professionalism. [...]
That weary winter feeling is a real thing this time of year. The holidays are over and it is COLD. A great way to break-up the monotony of this long winter stretch is to volunteer! We’ve got some easy, rewarding volunteer opportunities at EmBe. FIRST LEGO League Greeter Our state championship tournament for FIRST LEGO League is February 2 and we need a few more friendly faces. We need someone to check-in teams at our registration table from 7am – 10am at the Augustana University Elmen Center. This incredible robotics tournament will leave you feeling inspired! FIRST LEGO League Timer [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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!
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!
Our staff not only serve as great resources for the women and families we serve but they are full of knowledge they share with the community. This week, our Director of Childcare Services LaToria Horan stopped by KELOLAND Living to talk about disciplining your children. If you're interested in enrolling your child in childcare or preschool at EmBe, inquire about openings by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ellen Hamilton (left) and Judy Hamilton (right) sit together in Judy's Sioux Falls home, holding a photo of Helen Jacobson (Hudson), Judy's mother. All three Hamilton women have served on the EmBe (formerly the YWCA) Board of Directors. A spirit of giving and community support is just one of the commonalities between Ellen, Judy and Helen. Another is their years of service on the EmBe board. And a third is that they are three generations of the same family. Ellen Hamilton has been a board member since 2015. She remembers her mother, Judy Hamilton, as a board member [...]
For the past year, work has been going on behind-the-scenes on a new website at EmBe. The new website launched last month, so chance are, you've been here already! While our previous website was new technology when it came around eight years ago, technology has changed and how we view websites have changed. The biggest change you'll notice is that the website is now mobile device friendly. We knew that at least half of our users were viewing our site on mobile and that experience was very frustrating! The new website is responsive and delivers the information to you no [...]