SAVE Conference

Each year in Rapid City from 1996 to 2011, ASAP and the prevention community organize a spring SAVE (Stand Against a Violent Environment) Youth Conference. At the conference, students were brought in to discuss how to solve problems at their respective schools. Initially, only Rapid City Schools participated in the Conference, but in later years the Conference was expanded to include other schools in the area.

During the Conference, youth usually heard from community leaders and/or national speakers about prevention issues and leadership skills. Every year during the Conference, youth met with their school groups to discuss what they saw as the main concerns in their specific school, and began to make plans to address these issues. Whenever possible, the youth were connected with school staff and administrators to ensure the students had support to implement the needed changes to address problems they identified. Often, the Conference also included a reporting out period after they identified their issues and developed their plans. In this way, the youth were able to share with and learn from each other as well.

Unfortunately, due to a decrease in ASAP's funding, Rapid City discontinued this annual spring conference beginning with the 2011-12 school year.