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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

    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

Stick to It: 5 Tips for Creating New Habits

Stick to It: 5 Tips for Creating New Habits

Octavia Butler said, “First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not.” When it comes to living a positive lifestyle, our habits either make or break us, influencing our physical health, emotional well being and even our outlook on life. 

But when you’re trying to begin a new habit, it can be difficult to make it sticky. Here are five tips to get you started.

1. Use a trigger.

All habits, positive or negative, are derived from a trigger. A trigger automatically initiates a behavior that leads you to do something else. Using cues like time of day, place and circumstance with your trigger will increase the likelihood that your habit will stick.

Use the trigger process to remind yourself when a new habit is in development. A quality reminder encodes your new behavior in something that you already do. By incorporating your new habit into behaviors you already practice, it will be easier to remember and participate in.


2. Start small.

Lasting change is a product of daily habits, not once-in-a-lifetime transformations. Don’t start too large. You won’t stick to the habits if they’re too difficult to manage. It’s important to start small so they’re easier and can grow over time. The first step is to decide what you want your new habit to be. 

If you want 6-pack abs (don’t we all), it’s not going to happen in a week. Start by committing to a 10-minute ab workout every day, then increase gradually from there. Stick to a pace that is sustainable and be patient; big changes take time and commitment.


3. Focus on  the bigger picture.

Your immediate goals should remain small, but don’t forget to dream big for your future. What is your ultimate larger goal? Take the time to develop your plan with smaller steps to get there. You can make bigger goals a reality by doing a minimal amount of work each day to achieve them.

When you establish a larger goal, you will have something concrete in your mind to focus on every day while working on the small steps. For example, if your dream goal is to run a full marathon, start by jogging short distances every day, followed by increasing your speed and distance.


4. Reward yourself.

Even personal goals need to have rewards. It’s important to remain in a positive mindset when creating new habits. The best way to accomplish this is to reward yourself, even for the smallest of victories. If you accomplish something that is followed by a reward, you’re more likely to repeat the action and form a routine. Once a routine is repeated regularly, it will become a habit.

Reward yourself whenever you practice your habit. Even simply telling yourself “Good job!”, “You did amazing!” or “I did great today!”


5. Fight the hurdles.

Nobody’s perfect. We all know that, and you won’t be perfect when you’re developing a habit. You will make mistakes, several sometimes, but it’s important to get back on track quickly to avoid falling back to the beginning. Ditch the all-or-nothing mentality. Rather, plan for the inevitable slip-ups that will take place. Missing a habit once or twice is okay, but it is important to remain consistent enough to not slip up repeatedly. Your habit won’t stick if you don’t return to the behavior as soon as possible. 

Here’s where you can put your acting chops to the test. Create an identity of someone who never misses a habit twice. If you’re worried that you’ll become discouraged and fall into the “screw it” mentality, have a Plan B in the works and how you’ll get back in the zone. The “if-then” scenario can be very helpful here by examining the habit and where it breaks down. 


You’re not going to develop a habit overnight, unless you’re a super human of some sort (in which case, please share the secret). On average, a new habit takes approximately 30 days to develop, so don’t get discouraged if you struggle at first. Remain positive and focused on the goal. Soon enough, it’ll stick like super glue.