Our Purpose

“We are here…to meet students where they are, when they need it.”

Lost&Found is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit social enterprise, headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD, that connects students with the tools and community for lifelong resilience.

Each year, our team of students, advisers, on- and off-campus partners, staff, volunteers and board members collaborate to set goals for meeting our mission. These goals help us convert purpose into reality as we seek our ultimate vision: eliminating suicide for young adults ages 15-34 in the United States.

When we work together, we can do more to help students take control of their mental health and live well.


We build resilient communities and people with compassion, understanding, and inclusion.


We envision a world in which no young adult contemplates or completes suicide. We also envision a world where tools and support for developing lifelong wellness are easily accessible.



Caring for others is at the core of who we are. Each member of our team possesses a deep concern for the well-being of others, and our lived experiences inform the way we seek to address suicide.


We must seek to understand the problem of suicide and relevant risk and protective factors. We also value understanding human behavior and how to best help individuals pursue lifelong wellness.


To help individuals and communities build resilience to suicide requires approaches that meet the needs of all within a community. Our mission demands that each person who comes into contact with L&F experiences a sense of belonging.


Our mission, vision, and values guide the present and future of Lost&Found. Carefully and intentionally crafted, every step taken by Lost&Found is aligned the strategy we have developed through 2020.

Download our strategy below and learn more about how Lost&Found intends to build resilient communities and people.

Intrigued? Learn more about our approach, find ways to get involved, or donate to Lost&Found.