About Us

We provide minority youth with the resources and guidance to build success within their lives.

From The Community For the community

Translators of Cultures Program values and celebrates  cultural similarities and differences. We promote community awareness of the richness of the cultures. We reveal cultural blind spots and offer educational opportunities.

Our organization has designed and implemented programs for the Sioux Falls middle school and high school youth since 2005. Today TOC is proud to announce that we are an independent non-profit organization (501 C3) since 2018.

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Our Mission

Translators of Cultures (TOC)/MYA is a non-profit organization that serves refugee and immigrant youth and families.

Our mission is to strengthen the relationships of minority youth, schools,  families, and our Sioux Falls community.

We strive to help New American youth to stay in school and become leaders. Our programs offer our youth opportunities for community involvement and leadership roles.

Special Thanks to Mike Huber
Special Thanks to Mike Huber

Meet Our Board of Directors

Irina N. Goubanova (TOC Program Director)

Dr. Diana Messick (TOC President)

James Schultz (TOC Vice President-recorder)
(Avera Health)

Ken Berger (TOC Fundraising Chair)
(Community Leader)

Dr. James Nold
(SF School District)

Denise Guzzetta
(SF Development Foundation)

Kari Papke
(Principal – Washington High School)

Mike Milstead
(Minnehaha County Sheriff)

Mose Idris
(Avera Health)

Dr. Charles Chima
(Sioux Falls Public Health Director)

Rock Nelson
(Community Leader)

Duane Waack
(Community Leader)

Bill Hoff
(former principal Washington High School)

Dr. Michael Saba
(Community Leader)