Youth & Families: Accepted, Inspired, Healthy!


1010 9th Street, Suite 2
Rapid City, SD 57701

Building Bridges with Youth to Live Safe, Drug Free, and Healthy Lives


2015 Art/Photo Contest

Through My Lens . . .Choose Art

2nd Annual Benefit for Lifeways

Submit Your Artwork September 9th - October 9th, 2015



"What I Love to Do"

Creative Visual & Written Art Contest

Draw, Paint, Write Photograph, Create . . .

Submit Your Artwork

September 9th through October 9th

Adult and Youth Entry Fee: Donation


Winning Art on Exhibit November 2-13

Dahl Fine Arts Center in the Bruce Lien Cultural Cafe

and at the Performance Arts Center during Ekphrasis Dance Performance Spring 2016


Please Join Lifeways to Help Us Find Solutions

to Challenges Facing Our Youth & Our Community

How can you help? Join us as we

    • build awareness

    • find stakeholders
    • align with partners
    • develop funding sustainability

Please call 605-716-6555 or contact Lifeways at for more information or questions.

Strengthening Youth-Strengthening Communities!  Currently working to educate the communities in our state on how early intervention-prevention creates change & saves lives.
Do You Know the Facts??

Find reliable resources regarding effects of marijuana on teens - see parent or teen pages for links. To get involved see Community page.
WARNING: The pot today is not the pot of yesterday.

Lifeways Evaluation Report for 2013-2014 is available by contacting our office.

Also see the important statistics below.

Lifeways Rapid City Facebook

About Lifeways

Our Purpose is to:
  • connect and empower youth to discover and pursue what they truly love to do,
  • so they have a reason to "say no" to alcohol and drugs' artificial high
  • rather than "say no," they will say, "I know!"

Lifeways provides alcohol and drug prevention, intervention and outpatient counseling services in Rapid City and Custer middle and high schools.

    We reach out to the community to:

    • create a positive and healthy environment in which to raise children and teenagers
    • work with youth in order to greatly improve their lives: Healthy, Happy, Productive!


        Did you know . . .

        • Nationally, South Dakota teens rank
          • 2nd highest for binge drinking at 26%
          • 5th highest for driving after drinking at 11%
        • Underage youth in South Dakota consume nearly 24% of alcohol sold
        • In 2013, Rapid City youth report the following substance use:
          • 27.8% report use of alcohol
          • 18.6% report use of marijuana
          • 19.5% report use of cigarettes
          • 3.7% report use of prescription medication
          • 4.1% report use of synthetic drugs
          • 1.7% report use of methamphetamines
        • Youth focus groups indicate
          • Decrease in perception of harm from meth and marijuana
          • Significant increase in teens saying:
            • Marijuana is medicine and it should be legalized.
            • Marijuana is legal so it's safe.

          How can you help?

          You can help in several ways:

          • Financial donations
          • Volunteer to help with an event
          • Offer to provide snacks, program materials

          More About Us

          The Lifeways Board Of Directors is a ten-member board with a diverse background in business, law enforcement, education, juvenile justice and students. 

          • Lifeways believes in the value of youth voices being included in our work.
          • We have three youth board positions on our Board of Directors;  Youth and Adults working shoulder to shoulder.
          • Authentically engaging young people is the heartbeat of Lifeways' work in the schools and community outreach. 

          Our Values
          Competence, Integrity, Innovation, Communication, Teamwork

          Our Mission
          "Building Bridges with Youth to Live Safe, Drug Free and Healthy Lives."

          Our Vision
          "Youth and Families: Accepted, Inspired, Healthy."          

          Lifeways Board of Directors and Staff

            Core Board Members: Sandy Klarenbeek, Chair; Paula Wilkinson Smith, Secretary; Jim Webster; Carol Nielsen; Officer Tim Doyle

            Advisory: Lori Rainwater

            Lifeways Staff: Danielle Meyer, Paula Long Fox, Kelsey Hansen, Michelle Mott, Michelle Ames, Luke Wenker, Kristina Benter, Michele Brink-Gluhosky, Shaunna Ladd


            "It is in the shelter of each other that the people live." Old Irish Proverb


            Contact us for more information about alcohol and drug prevention, intervention and outpatient counseling services.


            Hours of Operation:
            Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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            Lifeways  First Annual  Photography  Contest

            Get Ready To Focus for that perfect picture:  Lifeways Photography Contest submissions beginning August 15TH to September 5th.


            There will be cash prizes for the Top 3 Photos for each category for Youth & Adults. We even have a Professionals Category.

            “Picture this….”

            is looking for people who want to be a part of

            Inspiring Wellness & Health in our Community

            Mind ~ Body ~ Spirit

            Help support Lifeways, a local nonprofit agency

            “Building Bridges with Youth to Live Safe, Drug Free and Healthy Lives.”