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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

How to Practice Active Listening for an Empathetic Life

It’s time to take a step back. Have you opened your ears lately and truly listened to the world around you? There’s a difference between listening to those around you and hearing those around you. Active listening involves true comprehension of what is being said and hearing happens when you simply take what is being said in one ear and easily out the other. When you open yourself up to actively listening, you’ll be surprised at how much you gain in return. Check out these tips to implement active listening into your lifestyle, as well as what you can take away in return!

 

Practice the Three A’s of Active Listening

According to Universal Class, in order to practice your active listening skills, simply try to remember the three A’s: Attitude, Attention and Adjustment. Here’s how you can put these into practice.
 

  1. Attitude
    Coming into the conversation, it’s important to have the right attitude. Consider if you’re emotionally open to the conversation and able to devote your attention to what the other person is saying. It’s also important to leave your bias at the door, and come in with an open mind to the conversation. With the right attitude, you’re off to a great start.
     
  2. Attention
    Active listening involves giving your undivided attention to the person speaking. Consider if there are distractions in your environment and if you’re able to give your undivided attention. If not, consider moving the conversation or eliminating the distractions.
     
  3. Adjustment
    Active listening involves taking in the information and responding after fully listening and comprehending the information. That means the conversation may not go the way you anticipated. In active listening, you should practice pivoting based on the information you’re receiving and repeating the information in a way that helps you make sense of it.

 

Open Your Mind to New Conversations

Now that you know how to actively listen, it’s time to put it into practice. Find people who may not agree with your every idea and have an open and honest conversation. It’s incredibly difficult to have these conversations if you don’t agree with everything being said. However, all humans are motivated by past experiences or the way they’ve been introduced to the world. Consider that your way of thinking isn’t the only way of thinking out there, and expand your mind. When you open yourself up to more world views, you’re able to better empathize with the world around you. 

 

Meet New People

Every friend started as an acquaintance. Take your active listening skills and start a conversation with new potential friends. Whether you’re at the airport, the grocery store or simply meeting a friend of a friend for the first time, active listening can help you expand your friendship circle. Who knows what opening your circle could bring—often it could help you expand your mind and continue to be empathetic toward those you may have never had the opportunity to get to know. 

 

How will you implement active listening into your everyday life? Put away your phone and focus on the conversation in front of you. You never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll learn, and the possibilities are endless. Use active listening to increase your empathy skills and truly understand those around you. 

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