Adventure gear store seeks donations for youth mentorship program

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

There is a new storefront coming to Rapid City, offering more than just retail. The sole purpose of Thrive is to start a youth mentorship program.

Thrive is an adventure gear store located at 1000 Cambell Street, and it is supported by Love INC of the Black Hills. The store’s mission is to help youth, ages 14 through 18, learn life and employment skills in a retail environment. The opening day should occur sometime in mid-June.

“We have so many kids that come from generational poverty,” said Project Director Dan Linde. They don’t have positive role models at the home, so we want to fill that void for them.”

The store is currently asking for donations of gently-used adventure gear. The goal is to fully stock the store and use all profits to support their youth mentorship program. The goal is to offer a lot more than retail.

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“You can always get a job in retail,” Linde said. "We have hands on the bike shop and ski shop, so they’ll learn how to use tools. We also silk screen our own T-shirts.”

The store is in need of staff and volunteers for their mentorship program. However, the focus remains on collecting as many adventure gear items as possible. Monetary donations are also accepted.

For further details on Thrive and how you can get involved, visit their website.

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