The leader of a new organization dedicated to helping Sioux Falls children and youth achieve their highest educational and career potential spoke to the Rotary Club of Downtown Sioux Falls, Monday, Feb. 20.  Candy Hanson, a philanthropic advocate and an expert in non-profit management, is president of Sioux Falls Thrive, a workforce development initiative of Forward Sioux Falls.  “Thrive is taking a fresh approach at managing the complexity of the educational ecosystem,” says Hanson. 
February 20, 2017 Program Highlights:
  • The studies determined that education and the workforce would be future problems:  Currently, a high percentage of K-12 children come from low income families. 
  • Thrive is targeting Cradle to Career programs.  Dropping out of high school will likely occur if:  A child cannot read in the 3rd Grade; A child cannot grasp middle school math.
  • A Thrive pilot project is affordable housing. Collective Impact means that it is assumed that resources are in the community, but disconnected.  SF has 81 different agencies who deal with the problem of homelessness.
  • Last year, 900 children in the SF School District were homeless at one time or another.  
  • Contact information:   Phone:  605-575-1825.
Next Week’s Program:
Mohammad Zeeshan Qamar, Muslum Comm Center of SD--I am your neighbor, co-worker, friend
February 20th, 2017 attendance:
  • 65 out of 302 or 21%
  • 40 out of 65 members in attendance were Paul Harris Fellows or 62%
  • Also: 6 Guests and 1 Visiting Rotarian