Aliive-Roberts County is pleased to announce an exciting new strategy that we will be engaging in with our youth!

The Empower Project will provide youth the opportunity to gain valuable job skills and real earnings to help them pursue positive life choices. The goal of the initiative is to provide participants with healthy life skills, job readiness (soft) skills, industry specific (hard) skills and financial literacy skills that prepare them for professional and personal pursuits beyond high school. 

 Through the management of a small business, we aim to be able to reduce the cost of our programming while simultaneously providing invaluable on-the-job training to our teens. Additionally, youth leaders are engaged in the building and management of our businesses, further igniting their entrepreneurial spirit. The first business that the program will work with is the Aliive Again Second Chance Store.

 Aliive Again is a thrift store located at 419 Veterans Ave in Sisseton, SD. The hours of the store are 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday and 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday. The store has been open since August 2014 and will now fall under the management of local teenagers. The youth involved in the program will meet weekly to manage the business; making decisions related to hiring practices, employee performance, marketing strategies, expense management and other business oversight duties. Each youth involved in the program will work a prescribed number of hours at the businesses in order to earn a paycheck.

Aliive-Roberts County also engages additional participants through the Youth Council, learning the skills that will allow them to address the problems and inequities that affect youth in our communities. Locally, the heart of our work focuses on this coalition of youth who are focused on local policymaking and strategies related to reducing the issues that affect the youth and families of Roberts County and the Lake Traverse Reservation.

Through these enterprises, we emphasize a triple bottom line:

1.    We provide working wages for our youth.

2.    We produce self- generating revenue to support our initiatives.

3.    We support community impact on sustainability by focusing on serving the local community.

We ask for community support and patience as these local leaders move into the management role. Donations at the store are accepted the first week of the month only due to storage limitations. Shoppers are welcome and appreciated ALL the time!