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We’ve been working hard to help the abused and neglected youth in our community find safe, permanent homes. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:

2019 Friend of CASA Award

The Friend of CASA Award was to have been presented in March during our 2020 Reverse Your Luck fundraising gala in Yankton. Because of the outbreak of Covid-19, that fundraiser was cancelled, and along with it we had to postpone the Friend of CASA Award announcement.

We kept waiting for a time when Southeast CASA was having “something special” so that we could incorporate this award presentation. The pandemic put a stop to any large events, so we used the Nov. 12th Open House at our new office location to make the Friend of CASA Award presentation to Janet Stark of ALC Event Design.

“Janet has graciously assisted Southeast CASA with each of its gala events since we began hosting them in 2015. Whenever we asked for her help, she was quick to say “Yes!” Because of Janet’s generosity, not only did our events look first-rate, but Southeast CASA was able to raise more funds to provide CASA advocacy for local children who had been abused or severely neglected. All of our current and past board members join the Southeast CASA staff and volunteers in thanking Janet for her invaluable support for the CASA kids,” Said Sherri Rodgers-Conti during the presentation of the award.

Office Relocation Ribbon Cutting and Open House

Southeast CASA has moved! Our offices are now at 413 W. 15th Street in Yankton.

We celebrated our new office location with an Open House and ribbon cutting on Nov. 12, 2020. The Yankton Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and some of our board members and agency partners were on hand to see the new office and conduct the ribbon cutting. Thanks to those who attended!

L to R in photo above: Tyler Buckman, Daisey Kamback, Sherri Rodgers-Conti, Jesse Bailey, Kaye O'Neal, Emily Monier, and Sara Livingston.

Our New Yankton Office Location

Southeast CASA is now located at 413 W. 15th Street in Yankton, just west of Mozak's Flooring at 15th and Broadway Ave.

 

2018 Friend of CASA Award

At the 2019 "Reverse Your Luck" fundraising gala, Tom Andera was recognized as the first "Friend of CASA" award recipient. Tom is the owner of Andera Bookkeeping and Tax Services in Yankton. He has been assisting Southeast CASA with its payroll processing since 2011. Because of Tom's invaluable assistance, Southeast CASA is able to help more abused and neglected children in our area. Thanks for all you do for the CASA kids, Tom!

  • First National Bank
    First National Bank

    Major Sponsor of Southeast CASA

  • Yankton Medical Clinic
    Yankton Medical Clinic
  • First National Bank
    First National Bank

    Major sponsor of Southeast CASA

  • Sanford Vermillion
    Sanford Vermillion

    Sponsor of CASA training

  • Wintz & Ray Funeral Home
    Wintz & Ray Funeral Home

    Annual sponsor

  • Vishay
    Vishay

    Annual sponsor

  • Kolberg Pioneer
    Kolberg Pioneer

    Annual sponsor

  • United Way Yankton
    United Way Yankton

    Yankton County agency

  • United Way Vermillion
    United Way Vermillion

    Clay County agency

8 Ways Mentorships Benefit Everyone

8 Ways Mentorships Benefit Everyone

Giving your time to help others can be a wonderful commitment, especially in a mentor/mentee program. Whether you’re mentoring school children, someone in need or a young professional in your own organization, mentoring is dedicated work.

A mentorship program has more in store than just for the mentee. If you’re not sure whether mentoring is right for you, take a look at these eight ways becoming a mentor can benefit you.

 

1. Give back to the community.

Becoming a mentor in the community is an excellent way to give back in a unique and challenging way. When you mentor fellow community members, you give them the chance to develop and grow, therefore strengthening the community as a whole. Not to mention, you continue to live and grow in an altruistic lifestyle.

 

2. Help a struggling neighbor.

Whether your mentee is a young child or an older adult, you have the opportunity to help guide a struggling member of your community. Provide valuable advice, work through challenges and encourage mentees to achieve. When you help someone in need, you in turn fill your own life with positivity.

 

3. Share your knowledge.

Mentorship gives you the chance to share your own experiences and life knowledge with a fellow human being. Did you overcome your struggle with chemistry homework in high school? Share your memories with your mentee! Do you use a planner to help coordinate and organize your life for school? Tell your mentee that too. As a mentor, you can help spread valuable knowledge to others.

 

4. Learn from someone else.

Not only does mentorship help mentees learn, but you can learn from mentees as well. Let them share their life stories and experiences with you, and gain valuable knowledge from viewpoints you may never have been exposed to otherwise. When two people come together, knowledge is compiled and shared.

 

5. Build relationships.

Nothing is more valuable than relationships, and mentoring allows you to build a new relationship. Whether this relationship is peer-based, work-based or familial, you can gain a new life-impacting connection with someone. And when you build a new relationship with one person, you create a web of interlocking relationships with others.

 

6. Practice active listening.

Active listening is a skill few people have mastered, but by mentoring you can learn. Practice your active listening skills with your mentee and learn to focus on the here and now. Not only will this help your personal life, but your professional life will benefit from your strengthened active listening skills.

 

7. Develop your resume.

If you’re still not sure whether mentoring is right for you, take this into consideration: being a mentor looks great on a resume. You can demonstrate to future employers your philanthropic work and altruistic attitude toward helping the community, then land the job you’ve been hoping for.

 

8. Advance your leadership.

Leadership is an invaluable skill to have both personally and professionally. Becoming a mentor for someone in need gives you the chance to develop your leadership skills. If you’re struggling to be organized or responsible, mentorship helps you grow in these leadership roles. You can then become a stronger leader in whatever area you choose.

Mentoring a child, peer or coworker can be a challenge, but the benefits far outweigh the time commitment. If you’re looking to advance your personal and professional life toward a more altruistic lifestyle, consider becoming a mentor. You get to help someone in need while they in turn enhance your life as well.

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