July 2024 Uplifting Parents Newsletter

Uplifting Parents mentors and participants gathered for the annual graduation picnic last month to celebrate the success of participants who graduated during the 2023-2024 academic year. This is our favorite event each year as children come together to play and...

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May 2024 Uplifting Parents Newsletter

Empowering single parents to break the cycle of poverty by providing meaningful support, resources, and a community of encouragement while pursuing higher education.

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Uplifting Parents Segment

Uplifting Parents is a CSS program dedicated to single parents working to earn their college degree! 

Thank you to Anya Mueller and the Connect With US segment that recently aired, highlighting one of our amazing graduating participants. 

If you missed out, watch the segment above!  You can also see our Uplifting Parents page to learn more about the program or apply.

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Uplifting Parents Celebrates 15 Graduates

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The Uplifting Parents Program celebrates the graduation of 15 participants from its program. Each individual has worked diligently to get to graduation. We congratulate each graduate for all your hard work! 

Read more to see the graduates!

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15 Graduating from Uplifting Parents Program this Spring!

graduate with family

The Uplifting Parents program is excited to announce that it will graduate 15 participants from the program this spring. The participants will have obtained degrees from the following schools, including Bay Mills Community College, Black Hills State University, Oglala Lakota College, South Dakota State University, Western Dakota Tech, and University of South Dakota.

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UP graduate earns LPN degree

Empowering Single Parent Families. Applications open from January 2 through February 19. Click to learn more!

Congratulations to Kendallyn Wounded Face, an Uplifting Parent participant who earned her Licensed Practical Nursing degree from Western Dakota Tech in December 2020!

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19 UP moms graduate from college

Tyresha Riquelmy-Yankton and family

When Tyresha Riquelmy-Yankton was first accepted into the Uplifting Parents Program (UP) in 2019, she was hesitant about the mentoring that she would be asked to do twice each month with an UP mentor.

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UPLIFTING PARENTS helps single parents succeed

Kaitlyn with son

UPLIFTING PARENTS helps single parents succeed: Applications close March 14

Determination. Hard work. And the support of her Uplifting Parents mentor.

Kaitlyn, the single mother of a 3-year-old toddler, credits those three ingredients with helping her earn a  psychology degree from Black Hills State University in December 2019.

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You were made to do HARD things

Anna Haydock with child

Shortly before she graduated from college this spring, Anna Haydock got the chance to paint an inspirational sign as a gift for her 2-year-old daughter.

Its message reads: Beautiful Girl, You were made to do HARD things, so BELIEVE in yourself

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Uplifting Parents Program participants like to have some fun too!

Earning a college degree as a single parent is hard work, so the Uplifting Parents Program likes to add some fun to the process with fantastic family activities planned and led by the program’s Peer UP Advisory Council.

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The Third Time’s a Charm for Uplifting Parent’s Participant Dani Hersrud’s College Success

Dani Hersrud

Dani will graduate with a surgical technology degree from Western Dakota Technology in May, about 20 years after she first enrolled as a college student. Her second college experience came in 2011, following a stint as a U.S. Army medic, when she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a degree that didn’t translate into a well-paying job with which to support her family.

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Uplifting Parents Program Changes Lives

Hollee Hook with son

Two years ago, Hollee Hook was facing a mid-life career change while grieving the death of her longtime partner and raising her 13-year old son, Ethan, by herself.

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