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EmBe participating in South Dakota Gives on Giving Tuesday

November 20th, 2018|Categories: Aquatics, Childcare, Dress for Success, EmBe News, School Age Care, Women, Youth|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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, [...]

EmBe Bringing Babysitting Camp to Mitchell

November 19th, 2018|Categories: Mitchell, School Age Care, Youth|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

Volleyball Program Builds Confidence

November 19th, 2018|Categories: Youth|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

Cold Weather Doesn’t Stop Determined Kids

November 15th, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Youth|

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 [...]

2018 Election Proves Historic for Women

November 7th, 2018|Categories: Empowerment, Women|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

Teaching Babysitters Essential Skills

October 30th, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Youth|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

Meredith Walker to headline 6th Annual In Her Shoes Empowerment Breakfast

October 30th, 2018|Categories: Dress for Success, Empowerment, Women|

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 [...]

Effectively Disciplining Your Children

October 25th, 2018|Categories: Childcare, EmBe News|Tags: , |

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 info@embe.org. [...]

New polling shows America is for afterschool

October 25th, 2018|Categories: Childcare, School Age Care, Youth|Tags: , , |

By NIKKI YAMASHIRO Posted: Oct 22, 2018 THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED AT AFTERSCHOOLALLIANCE.ORG Just in time for Lights On Afterschool, the only national rally celebrating afterschool, a new national poll is out that shows strong public support for afterschool. Nearly 9 in 10 adults (89 percent) agree that afterschool programs are important to their community, with bipartisan and nationwide support for afterschool programs cutting across party lines as well as geographic regions. Among Democrats, [...]

Lights On Afterschool Celebrates 19th Anniversary

October 24th, 2018|Categories: Childcare, School Age Care, Youth|Tags: , , |

Launched in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool is the only nationwide event celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities. The effort has become a hallmark of the afterschool movement and generates media coverage across the country each year. The Afterschool Alliance organizes Lights On Afterschool to draw attention to the many ways afterschool programs support students by offering them opportunities to [...]

Three Generations of Leadership

October 22nd, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Women|Tags: , |

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 [...]

EmBe launches new website

October 11th, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Mitchell|

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 [...]

Women’s Leadership Program Has Big Impact

October 9th, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Women|Tags: , , |

Since it’s inception in 2011, EmBe’s Women’s Leadership Program has led more than 200 women reach their greatest potential. This incredible program, facilitates the development of emerging female professionals by utilizing the experiences and skills of established community leaders; to extend a hand-up to the women who will follow. We are currently accepting applications for the 2019 class of EmBe’s Women’s Leadership Program with the deadline to apply being [...]

EmBe Announces New CEO

October 9th, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Staff Spotlight|

SIOUX FALLS (Oct. 9, 2018)— Today, the EmBe Board of Directors is proud to announce that Karen Lundquist has been named the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Lundquist will begin her new role October 24. Lundquist, of Sioux Falls, has 20  plus years of experience in leadership roles in  a broad range of organizations, and has most recently worked as an executive for the Amputee Coalition, the largest non-profit [...]

EmBe employee uses CPR to save a life

October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Childcare, Empowerment, Impact|Tags: , , |

When Brittany Lee went to Wal-Mart to pick up formula this summer – a fairly routine errand, little did she know that she would leave Wal-Mart with formula and a story of the time she saved a life. As Brittany headed into Wal-Mart that day, she noticed a group of people standing around a man in the parking lot. As she approached, she heard the people gathered asking each [...]

Meet Miss Sarah

September 21st, 2018|Categories: Childcare, Empowerment, Staff Spotlight|

We want you to get to know the great childcare workers we have at EmBe. Childcare jobs are essential to a strong workforce and the people that care for our kids are doing amazing work. Name: Sarah Watts Site Location: South  Years of Service: 6 years What's the best part of working at EmBe? I love working at EmBe because of all the wonderful children and the supportive parents. [...]

Finn’s Story

September 6th, 2018|Categories: Aquatics|

Finn was born 15 weeks early and weighed just 1lb 12oz. He spent the first 98 days of his life in the NICU. Because of his early birth, Finn has fine and gross motor delays and Reactive Airway Disease (RAD). Finn saw physical and occupational therapists from the time he was six months old until he was 4.5 years old. At first, his therapies were in-home and then they [...]

Parenting Class with the Parent Connection!

September 6th, 2018|Categories: Childcare|

EmBe is proud to be partnering with the South Dakota Parent Connection on this five week series on Understanding the Social and Emotional Development of Children. Session topics will include: -The Development of Social Skills -Red Flags and Warning Signs: How Do I Know If Behavior is Typical?  -Strategies and Discussions in Dealing With Difficult Behavior -Understanding Risk: Disabilities That Impact Behavior -Keeping the Lines of Communication Open This series is [...]

Little Time, Big Impact

September 6th, 2018|Categories: Dress for Success, Impact, Women|

Since 2013, Dress for Success Sioux Falls has been empowering women in our community. By clothing them with interview outfits and mentoring them through job searching, Dress for Success treats their clients with dignity and respect and helps them to recognize their important role in society. Dress for Success recently became part of the EmBe family because the two visions align: To empower women and their families. To support [...]

Swimming Builds Confidence

August 7th, 2018|Categories: Aquatics|Tags: , , |

Fall swim lessons start soon at EmBe. As we enter the cooler months, now is the time to enroll your family in one of the organization’s many aquatic programs available this season. EmBe uses the American Red Cross for swimming and water safety training, with an emphasis on drowning prevention and the best in swim instruction. Classes include parent to child — as young as age 6 months are [...]

EmBe Honors Nine at the 45th Annual Tribute to Women Celebration

April 19th, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Tribute to Women, Women|

Last night at the Washington Pavilion, EmBe recognized 52 women and men for the annual Tribute to Women event that celebrates the rich history of recognizing the achievements of exceptional individuals throughout the community. The following were honored for their achievements: Banking & Finance - Marcy Crawford, Citi Business Achievement - Carrie Biondi, Lawrence & Schiller Community Service - Lori Murray, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center EmBeliever [...]

Five Great Reasons to Coach Kids!

April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Youth|

Three of EmBe’s signature after-school programs will begin in March, and they are in need of volunteers like you! Girls on the Run is an activity-based, positive youth development program for grades 3 through 5, and over 1,500 girls participate in Sioux Falls each year. This bi-annual program teaches life skills, inspires confidence and promotes positive health while preparing the girls to run in a celebratory 5K at the end [...]

EmBe announces nominees for 45th Annual Tribute to Women celebration

March 18th, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Tribute to Women, Women|

Fifty-two women, men and businesses have been nominated for the 45th Tribute to Women celebration. The event, which serves as EmBe’s premier fundraiser, honors the achievements of women in the community and recognizes men, women and businesses that show a commitment to empowering women and families. The honorees were nominated in one of the following categories: Business Achievement, Banking & Finance, Government & Law, Healthcare & STEM, Community Service, [...]

You Empowered Sarah

March 16th, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Impact, Women|

Sarah Rhea Werner left her full-time day job a little over a year ago to start her own business. She’s a writer. She runs two successful podcasts. She writes a column about podcasting for Forbes magazine. She does public speaking and workshops. She consults on marketing and branding. She supports herself doing things that she loves. Sarah seems to have it all figured out. But in 2014, Sarah didn’t have [...]

You Empowered Jackie

March 15th, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Empowerment, Impact, Women|

Jackie’s story is an unlikely one. A single mother of two, Jackie found herself out of work. This led to some financial hardship, including an outstanding balance to her daughter’s childcare center - EmBe. One day, feeling frustrated by her search for a new job, Jackie received a phone call from EmBe looking to collect on Jackie’s outstanding childcare balance. While it started out as what might be considered [...]

FIRST® LEGO® League teams move on to nationals

February 1st, 2018|Categories: Youth|

Over 350 children have enjoyed building and programming their LEGO Mindstorm robots and learning about the interactions between humans and animals during the past season’s FIRST® LEGO® League Animal AlliesSM theme. Fifty-six teams of 9 to 14 year olds were coached by over 130 volunteers. Qualifying competitions were held in Rapid City and Sioux Falls. During the qualifiers, the teams presented their innovative solutions to problems which occur when [...]

Nominate someone today for Tribute to Women!

January 1st, 2018|Categories: EmBe News, Tribute to Women, Women|

EmBe’s Tribute to Women will celebrate its 45th event this spring, honoring the incredible legacies and achievements in our community. Awards are given out based on nominations sent to EmBe, and winners are not announced until the event. You can send in your nominations through Feb. 23. “When I see nominations open up, I immediately work on thinking of a woman who should be recognized,” says Lucy Albers, senior marketing [...]

Staff Spotlight: Stacy Stahl

December 27th, 2017|Categories: Staff Spotlight|

“Look at what I can be.” You might wonder if that’s Stacy Stahl’s personal mantra or if it’s the underlying theme to the programs she directs at EmBe. The real answer is that it is both. As the Youth Development Director, Stacy has repeatedly shown what she, and her programs can be, by taking on new challenges and roles in her 11 years at EmBe. Before coming to EmBe, [...]

Staff Spotlight: Nancy Fallon

November 27th, 2017|Categories: Staff Spotlight|

“Did I tell you I was a singer too?” With a smile and a sly look in her eye, she pulls out her phone and starts to play a song. It’s a jazzy rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow sung by a strong alto voice and accompanied by piano. By this point, it shouldn’t be a surprise that our Director of School Age Care (SAC), Nancy Fallon, has another [...]

YWCA Mitchell and EmBe to Merge

September 1st, 2017|Categories: EmBe News, Mitchell|

The YWCA Mitchell Board of Directors is casting a new vision to better serve the Mitchell area community by merging together with Sioux Falls based nonprofit, EmBe.  The YWCA of Mitchell has served the community for 97 years, and together with EmBe, has a vision for serving women and families in the community for many more years to come. “We saw an opportunity to give our organization a stronger, [...]

Dress for Success Sioux Falls continues to empower

February 27th, 2017|Categories: Dress for Success, Women|

The last year at Dress for Success Sioux Falls has been remarkable. We are settled into our new building on West 18th Street and are serving more women than ever. In 2016, we served 367 women. In the first quarter of 2017, we have served almost 120 and our projections for the year end keep rising. Our signature programs Women to the Workforce (a nine week workforce development program) [...]

Staff Spotlight: Erin Bosch

November 27th, 2016|Categories: Staff Spotlight|

“Back then we called it bossy, now we call it good leadership skills.” Erin Bosch, Director of Women’s Leadership and Executive Director of Dress for Success Sioux Falls, laughs as she recalls the labels she faced as a strong-willed and empowered young girl. Those same traits that Erin had as a kid, mixed with her ability to take risks and always learn something from them, have set the tone [...]

Programs foster donor growth

September 27th, 2016|Categories: EmBe News, Impact|

EmBe’s continued growth is rooted in programming. Whether it’s the addition of a new school site for our Girls on the Run program, the addition of our Girls’ Makers Day event to expose more girls to STEAM career fields, or the expansion of our Women’s Leadership Program to Rapid City, our programs and the people that champion them, make our growth possible. As this programming continues to grow, we [...]

Aquatics Campaign is Opportunity to Connect to Memories

January 15th, 2016|Categories: Aquatics, Impact|

Aquatics Campaign is Opportunity to Connect to Memories  For almost 60 years the pool at EmBe has been providing memories and experiences for many throughout our community. It is the pool where some of our community leaders learned to swim and where their children and now grandchildren are learning to swim.  It’s the pool that has been training competitive swimmers, lifeguards, instructors, and at one time, even trained synchronized [...]

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