About Rapid City
Rapid City, South Dakota is a place of adventure and awe-inspiring beauty. The town is the gateway to the Black Hills which means it includes scenic drives, waterfalls, wildlife and the world’s highest concentration of public parks, monuments and memorials. However, as visitors seek out the local attractions, it’s easy to miss the areas of struggle and strength within this community and its heritage. Instead most people think of Mount Rushmore and consider Rapid City to be the most patriotic city in the nation.
Serving in Rapid City
• Partner with local organizations to meet ongoing needs in the community.
• During the week, students may serve all or part of the week at a food shelf, clothing distribution center, soup kitchen, children’s program, or elderly care facilities.
• During one evening activity you will visit Mt. Rushmore, which will cost $11 per vehicle. You will also have the option of visiting the Crazy Horse memorial, which costs $28 per vehicle.
In Rapid City we partner with several local service agencies and work with children and the elderly. One of the most interesting organizations we work with is Black Hills Works. BHW is a progressive and adaptive center for mentally and physically challenged adults in Rapid City. BHW works to help their patrons become as independent and productive as they can be. Their center provides job training, paid work, practical life classes, and a plethora of other services. Most participants who come to volunteer have their eyes opened to people and situations they have never experienced before; it is often the highlight of the trip. Groups will be able to see Mount Rushmore while on site, but they will also learn about other important aspects of Rapid City, such as the importance of the Black Hills to the Lakota. You will also participate in an evening cookout hosted by our housing site church — it is the largest cookout in our Western Region, serving over 200+ people from the Rapid City area on a weekly basis.
From ministry partners to evening activity contacts, housing contacts, and the cookout, people in Rapid City greatly look forward to YouthWorks arriving each summer. Trinity Lutheran Church has housed YouthWorks since 2006, and YouthWorks has served in Rapid City since 1999.