In 1999, the Helpline Center developed SALSA, (Serve and Learn Student Association), as a way to connect youth with opportunities to serve. Each year, SALSA connects with approximately 1,500 high school students to engage them in volunteerism, giving them the opportunity to meet new friends, explore careers, gain leadership experience, earn hours for scholarship applications and make a difference in their community.
- This is where students can complete the online application and log their own volunteer hours!
- SALSA currently has monthly meetings at 5 public high schools (Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, New Tech and Brandon Valley). Each meeting lasts approximately 1 hour and includes a guest speaker from an area non profit, information about individual opportunities, SALSA Wide Event sign up and hands on projects.
Volunteering today, impacting the future
- Check out our SALSA Photo Gallery to see what we have been up to lately!
- Salsa has a Twitter account: @Helpline_SALSA Follow us!
- Almost every scholarship application asks for a list of your volunteer activities. Here are several local scholarship opportunities for youth engaged in service.
- In 2004, the Sioux Falls Downtown Lions Club adopted SALSA as their Leo Club. SALSA is the largest Leo Club in the world, and has won seven Lion’s International Leo of the Year awards.
- SALSA is lead by a team of 20 high school students called Youth Action Council. Representatives from each school come together and make programmatic decisions for the group, ensuring that the projects are from the youth and for the youth!