Youth Development Collaborative targets 4,000 children who have little to do in Sioux Falls

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SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) — A new network in Sioux Falls aims to help teens seize opportunity.

This is called the Youth Development Collaborative. They feel that too many teenagers spend time alone and unsupervised.

The group has just started and is accepting new members.

The group met online Wednesday. The Youth Development Collaborative is creating a network of agencies and individuals who will serve and advocate for adolescents. The goal is to connect middle and high school students to education, career opportunities and resources.

Kim Overby got involved with Thrive because she feels responsible for improving the lives of children.

“This group feels like they really work together to do the best they can for the kids in this community. I like that there are no hidden agendas. There’s no focus on what I can get out of it for myself or for my organization, it’s really with an understanding that collectively we will be stronger, Overby said.

Sioux Falls Thrive provides the infrastructure. President Michelle Erpenbach believes this group can really make a difference.

“In Sioux Falls there are 4,000 or more kids in middle school through high school who have no supervision when they’re not in school and so some of those kids are spending 30 to 40 hours a week in the summer with nothing. “said Erpenbach.

Erpenbach says it’s about connecting kids with opportunity. The group is off to a good start but is looking for other people to join.

Applications to join the collaboration must be submitted no later than Monday, August 15 at midnight.

Members serve a two-year term. To find the app, click here.

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