Youth & Families: Accepted, Inspired, Healthy!


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


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

Thanks for Joining Lifeways on April 27th

for our Spring Luncheon

To Help Us Break the Cycle of Addiction

and Find Solutions to Challenges

Facing Our Youth & Our Community--

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Lifeways works within the community to bring awareness on current issues regarding substance use and mental health. Are you interested in more information?

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Nate Smit
2016-2017 SADD Leadership Council

Congratulations, Nate . . .

for being selected as a member of the 2016-2017 SADD Student Leadership Council. SLC members work directly with the SADD National staff on new and continuing projects, while maintaining active leadership roles within their own local chapters.

Nate has been involved with the Custer SADD and Youth to Youth Programs throughout middle and high school and has been an integral part of Lifeways peer-to-peer mentoring program at Custer HS. His years of service in these programs demonstrate his committment and leadership for both his school and community.

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Methamphetamine abuse, other drug abuse and binge drinking

is a significant challenge with youth in our community.

Have questions or need more information?
Please call 605-716-6555 or email Lifeways at


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.

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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
          "Walking with Youth to Live Safe, Drug Free and Healthy Lives."

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

          Lifeways Board of Directors and Staff

            Board Members: Sandy Klarenbeek, Chair; Paula Wilkinson Smith, Secretary;
            Jim Webster; Carol Nielsen; Tim Doyle; Lori Lang; Brittney Hanson; Ally Green;
            Hannah Lipp; Kathleen Kovarik; Monica Schmidt; Eric Dwyer; Sarah Swantner;
            Sandy McFarland

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


            "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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            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….”

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            Inspiring Wellness & Health in our Community

            Mind ~ Body ~ Spirit

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