2019-2020 Annual Report of the Save a Child (MMSAP) Program
I am happy to report that we were able to hold two Save A Child program trainings in South Dakota this year.
The first was held in Aberdeen at the Yelduz Shrine Center in November and about 20 educators were trained. A huge thank you to all who assisted with this training.
The second training was held at the Ramkota in Rapid City in February. Just over 30 educators were trained. Another huge thank you to all those involved in making this happen. One notable difference at this training was there were 6 attendees from the Rapid City YMCA after school program at North Middle School. To my knowledge, this is the first group to participate who were not full-time professional educators.
I believe for future trainings, we should invite not only area school districts, but organizations such as YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Ministerial groups, etc.
The National Masonic Foundation for Children (NMFC) is a national 501(c)3 charity that is part of the Conference of Grand Masters of North America. This charity is the group that oversees the day to day administration of the MMSAP trainings. The NMFC employs a full time Executive Secretary who coordinates and schedules the trainers, sends the invitations to area schools, etc. and were a huge help to the program in getting these trainings done.
In addition to the standard MMSAP training we have done in South Dakota for more than 20 years, the NMFC and the company contracted to provide the trainers now offers several other trainings, including bullying, trauma informed care and others for educators, and training for youth peer groups in schools and training for Masonic youth leaders. It may be time to look at offering some of these other trainings, as the climate and environment of education continues to change.
It is our hope to provide another training this fall, but with the shutdown of schools because of the Coronavirus, I am not how that will play out.
I would again like to thank all those who continue to support this critical program financially as well as those who volunteered many hours to make the two trainings this year a reality. I would also thank Most Worshipful Grand Master Ireland for appointing me State Coordinator for our Save A Child program.
Yancey Smith, PGM
SD State Coordinator, Save A Child