• Objective

    Sioux Empire Safety Village believes most injuries can be prevented if people learn to recognize the warning signs and act accordingly to avoid situations that may be unsafe. To support this belief, we have partnered with community leaders, private companies, and interested individuals to work together to create safety education and training courses for everyone in the Sioux Falls community and beyond.

    Sioux Empire Safety Village strives to reach all persons in need of safety information. As the demographic make-up of Sioux Falls changes, we continue to fulfill our objective by providing safety materials in numerous languages and dialects so everyone can learn about safety with ease. These materials also benefit those seeking safety information around the world.

    For more information please email

    Brenda 2Brenda Leiseth-Executive Director brenda@safetyvillage.org
    Bobbi Lower 2Bobbi Lower-Development Director bobbi@safetyvillage.org
    Trish NewTrish Bowers-Administrative Assistant adminassistant@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

    Dave Renli-Executive Director drenli@safetyvillage.org

    Bobbi Lower-Development Director bobbi@safetyvillage.org

    Trish Bowers-Administrative Assistant adminassistant@safetyvillage.org

    Our current board members;
    Todd PersonTodd Person-President
    Amy MarshAmy Marsh-Vice President
    Madeline Shields-1-9-13Madeline Shields-Secretary
    Jill Melchert-1-9-13 smaller imageJill Melchert-Treasurer
    Jo & ScottJo Beal
    ScottScott Wick
    Dr. WhittleDr. Kevin Whittle
    TimTim Jurgens
    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASteve Munk
    MattMatt Mydland
    GreggGreg Schmit
    BrendaBrenda Leiseth
    BethannyBethany Erck
  • Mission & Vision

    Mission

    Create safety awareness, promote life safety skills, and provide injury prevention education and training through a community-wide partnership, for the benefit of all.

    Vision Statement

    To provide an environment where individuals acknowledge that injuries are predictable, understandable, and therefore, preventable.

    For more information please email

    Dave Renli-Executive Director drenli@safetyvillage.org

    Bobbi Lower-Development Director bobbi@safetyvillage.org

    Trish Bowers-Administrative Assistant adminassistant@safetyvillage.org