Youth & Family Services


Youth & Family Services of the Black Hills

Youth & Family Services (YFS) has been supporting children and their families in the Black Hills area for nearly 50 years. The Youth & Family Services organization is comprised of seven comprehensive programs which include:

• YFS Girls Incorporated® of Rapid City
• YFS Child Development Center
• YFS Counseling Center
• YFS Nutrition Services
• YFS Prenatal to Five Rapid City Head Start
• YFS Prenatal to Five Rural Head Start

These cohesive programs were designed to work together to provide more than 13,000 children and their families on an annual basis with assistance, support, and educational activities throughout 24 counties in western South Dakota.

Services provided by Youth & Family Services encourage the development and growth of children and families mentally, emotionally, physically, socially, and academically. Services YFS provides include:

• Healthy advocacy for at-risk boys and girls
• Counseling services for individuals, families, and couples as well as chemically-dependent individuals
• Trauma-focused services
• Nutrition and health education
• Prevention resources and trainings
• Quality and affordable child care
• Preschool and school-readiness programming
• Recreational and educational opportunities for children, ages 0 – 18
• Parent enrichment and father-focused educational opportunities
• And more