The More You Give, The More You Get.


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.

SALSA LEO Recognition Luncheon RSVP Form

NEW! SALSA Volunteer Matrix

  • This is where students can complete the online application and log their own volunteer hours!

SALSA Meeting Dates for 2016-2017

  • 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

Local Scholarships

  • Almost every scholarship application asks for a list of your volunteer activities.  Here are several local scholarship opportunities for youth engaged in service.

Downtown Lions Club

  • 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.

Youth Action Council

  • 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!