Current Projects

Current Projects

Rapid City Family Project (RCFP)

The goal of the Rapid City Family Project (RCFP) is to work closely with community members to create a program that reduces adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including child abuse, exposure to domestic violence, exposure to community violence and other upsetting or traumatic experiences.

The project is community-led, which means members of the Rapid City area community will play an active role in developing the program and making decisions about how we evaluate the program.

The project, which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a collaboration among the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Interpersonal Violence Research Laboratory and several agencies and organizations in Rapid City, including Youth & Family Services, which will take the lead in implementing the programming, as well as Children’s Home Society, Working Against Violence Inc. and many others.

In the news: Rapid City Receives Grant to Develop Prevention Programming for ACEs (Sept. 21, 2020)

Interested in joining the project?

Feel free to call or text with questions and ideas — and let us know if you are interested in being involved in the opportunities listed below. We also encourage you to share this information with others in the community who may be interested in the project.

Ways to get involved


Community Meeting

Join us for our next meeting, to be held virtually, for all Rapid City, South Dakota community members.

Wednesday, Feb. 17
12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Mountain Time

Contact us for Zoom videoconference details.


The purpose of this meeting is to share more information about the project and discuss ways community members can be involved. All members of the Rapid City Community are welcome!

If you are interested in joining, please email or call for Zoom meeting details by Feb. 17.


Advisory Board

Join the Rapid City Family Project Advisory Board (FPAB). The FPAB will help guide all decisions about both the program, such as the content to include, and its research, such as what survey questions to use. Beginning in fall 2020, the board will meet approximately two hours every two months and will be active for at least three years. However, you are not required to commit to three years of membership. Board members will receive a small stipend for each meeting they attend.

If you are interested in joining, please complete the FPAB Interest form.

FPAB Interest Form Download FPAB Interest Form

Please call, text or email if you would like us to deliver a form and/or pick up your form.


Other Ways to Join

There are many other ways to be involved in the project, such as focus groups or helping to recruit families. Please reach out to us with your ideas! If you are interested in being part of the project in any capacity, please complete the RCFP General Interest form.

RCFP General Interest Form Download RCFP General Interest Form

Please call, text or email if you would like us to deliver a form and/or pick up your form.


We look forward to hearing from you. Please continue to visit our website as we share more details about this exciting project.

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