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The Future Depends on Our Youth

The Future Depends on Our Youth

That's why we provide educational enrichment and character-building opportunities
to thousands of children in Nebraska, South Dakota and western Iowa.

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Across America, 1 in 5 kids are alone and unsupervised from 3 to 6 p.m.

Juvenile crime and victimization peak during these hours when many parents are still at work.

Research shows that after-school and youth development programs make a tremendous difference, with 65 percent of students improving homework completion and class participation and nearly 60 percent improving classroom behavior.

As public schools in Nebraska, South Dakota and western Iowa struggle to continue funding arts, music and other extracurricular programs, we've stepped in to fill the gap. Plus, children and teens in our youth development programs benefit from mentorship, positive role models and Christian education.

The Salvation Army of Nebraska, South Dakota & Western Iowa helps empower youth through:

After-school programs

After-school programs impact both children and parents, allowing kids to benefit from homework help, literacy-building and tutoring, as well as enjoy a nutritious snack or meal while socializing with their peers. At the same time, parents are able to enjoy peace of mind at their jobs, knowing their children are safe and well cared for after school is dismissed.

Sports, arts and music programs

Dance and art classes, choir, instrumental lessons and various sports programs offer children and teens the opportunity to learn discipline and responsibility, grow their teamwork and leadership skills, feed their creativity, strengthen their bodies, and develop interpersonal skills, plus make friends and benefit from the positive influence of adult mentors and leaders.

Summer camps

Day camps and overnight summer camps offer an appealing array of physical activities like swimming and archery that help kids stay physically active while exploring God's world, along with educational activities like art and music that keep their minds engaged. Learn more about the Western Plains Camp near South Sioux City, Nebraska, and the Black Hills Camp near Rapid City, South Dakota.

Character-building programs

Character-building programs include Moonbeams, Sunbeams, Explorers, Rangers and Girl Guards. These programs offer children and teens in pre-K through 12th grade the opportunity to develop strong communication and leadership skills, grow their minds, and explore God's Word, all while having fun and connecting with their peers.

You can help give every child opportunities to thrive.

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Juvenile crime and victimization peak between 3 and 6 p.m., when many school-aged children are home alone while their parents are at work.

A donation to The Salvation Army supports youth development programs that provide a safe place for kids to get homework help, socialize and have fun.

Donate now.


Children living in poverty often don't have access to fun outdoor opportunities during the summer.

A donation to The Salvation Army supports daytime and overnight summer camps that offer enriching new experiences to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.

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Positive adult role models and mentors can have a lasting impact on a child.

A donation to The Salvation Army supports character-building programs that help children and teenagers learn, grow and thrive.

Donate now.


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