• Mission and Vision


    Saving lives…one child at a time.  It takes a Village.

    Vision Statement

    The Sioux Empire Safety Village is committed to reducing accidents involving children by helping them understand safety issues and motivating them to make smart choices. We partner with children’s safety organizations to coordinate comprehensive safety programs. Our goal is to be a hands-on, injury prevention facility where children go to learn life-saving safety skills.

    For more information please email

    Brenda 2Brenda Leiseth-Executive Director brenda@safetyvillage.org
    Bobbi Lower 2Bobbi Lower-Development Director bobbi@safetyvillage.org
  • History

    The Sioux Empire Safety Village began with a discussion 1,300 miles away on the east coast. That discussion at the National Fire Academy led to a visit of the Washington County Children’s Village in Hagerstown, Maryland. The safety center designed to teach injury prevention to children was so impressive, the idea was brought back to Sioux Falls. An organizational plan for our own Safety Village caught fire with numerous community leaders. A Board of Directors was formed in 1998 to oversee the non-profit organization.  Since the creation of the Sioux Empire Safety Village, numerous projects and programs have come to fruition. Sioux Empire Safety Village educates the public about safety and injury prevention on topics ranging from fire, home and farm safety to poison prevention, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and impaired and distracted driving.

    For more information please email

    Brenda Leiseth-Executive Director brenda@safetyvillage.org

    Bobbi Lower-Development Director bobbi@safetyvillage.org

    Our current board members;
    TODDpictureTodd (TJ) Person-Past President
    Amy MarshAmy Marsh-President
    Madeline Shields-1-9-13Madeline Shields-Vice-President
    Kathy Redinius-Treasurer
    Marsha Kucker-Secretary
    Dr. WhittleDr. Kevin Whittle
    BethannyBethany Erck
  • Non-Profit

    The Safety Village is a 501c3 organization.

    Our 2015 Form 990 is below. – Click Image to Download