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Partners in Education

The Helpline Center provides the following services to Brookings County 
211 Hotline
211 is an easy to remember three-digit telephone number assigned by the Federal Communications Commission for the purpose of providing quick and easy access to information about health and human services. Professional Information and Referral Specialists work with callers to assess their needs, determine their options and provide appropriate programs/services, give support, intervene in crisis situations and advocate for the caller as needed. Call 211 for more information about the agencies below or search online at
Volunteer Connections
If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities in Brookings County the Helpline Center can connect you with the right people and organizations. We keep an updated list of volunteer opportunities and will connect you with the options that match your interests and the time you have to give. Volunteering is a wonderful way to meet new friends, help others and make a difference in your community. Simply call 211 or click here to get pointed in the right direction.

Helping individuals achieve their potential.
Increasing positive social, emotional, and academic youth development to prepare youth for success.                                                                                                                                               

Brookings Adult Education and Literacy Program

The Brookings Adult Education and Literacy Program strives to improve the quality of participants' lives by providing educational opportunities that will help to build basic literacy knowledge.Carla Steffensen - 605-688-4370 

Brookings Area Camp Adventure

Gives children with wide ranges of disabilities between the ages of 6 and 19 an opportunity to share camaraderie, raise self-awareness, and increase self esteem in a variety of activities during week-long day camps during the summer. Shawnalisas Reed, Brookings Area Camp Adventure Director - 605-770-4035

Brookings Arts Council

The Art Factory's mission is to advance the value and diversity of artistic expression. We will provide artists with developmentally disabled population of Brookings.

Boys and Girls Club of Brookings

The Boys & Girls Club of Brookings is an afterschool/no school day program that serves youth in grades 1st through 12th, a summer school program Power Up to 1st-3rd grade students and a full-day Preschool/Jr. Kindergarten program during the school year and the Teen Court juvenile Diversion program.  The Boys & Girls Club of Brookings offers programs to youth in the areas of Education/Technology, the Arts, Physical Education, Social Recreation, Health and Life Skills, and Character and Leadership Development.  Our three priority outcomes are academic success, good character/leadership and healthy lifestyles. Vanessa Merhib - 692-3333

Boy Scouts of America - Sioux Council

Scouting promotes the development of work and life skills while increasing positive social, emotional and academic youth development. Scouting builds future citizens...Prepared for Life. Pete Carteaux - 605-592-6173

Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program

The Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program serves youth from K-12th grade.  Adult volunteers are trained and devote at least one hour per week to their selected mentee.  The mentors provide guidance and support to their youth along with promoting personal and social responsibility. Darla Biel 605-697-0444

Career Advantage - Advance

Career advantage supports more than 70 people each year. They provide a bridge to employment by working directly with employers to assure success for business and prospective employees. They offer individualized vocational, situational, and residential assessments, as well as job development, job coaching, and career planning follow-along support.
Matt Simet - 692-7852

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library provides one book each month to children (ages 0-5) living in Brookings County whose parents or guardians register to receive them.  These colorful, age appropriate books are delivered directly to the child.  Each book is selected for the developmental benefits it brings - and for the fun.  There is no cost to the family. Contact Heidi Gullickson at 692-4979 

East Central Literacy Council

ECLC provide adults with the opportunity to improve their literacy skills.  Work primarily with low reading level readers and those persons learning English. Literacy skills include reading, speaking, writing, mathematics and computer skills. In addition we support the Books for Babies program . c/o Brookings Library - 688-4828, Sheryl Gudvangen - 696-0785

Family Resource Network

Provides early childhood enrichment services to child care providers, parents and others who care for young children.  Services include: training, technical assistance, general resources, and sponsorship of the federal Child & Adult Care Food Program.  The Toy and Resource Lending Library provides resources, publications, toys and equipment which promote the healthy growth and development of young children.  Vision and hearing screenings are offered to local preschool age children in registered/licensed child care programs. Parents and families can search for and choose a list of registered/licensed child care programs through the Family Resource Network website. 688-5730

Great After-School Place (G.A.P.)

G.A.P. is a school age program providing before school care for children in kindergarten through age 14.  After school care is provided for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.  Summer care is provided for children going into kindergarten through sixth grade.  Activities are hands on and age appropriate, with emphasis on building social skills. Academic activities, field trips, and community outreach is  incorporated into our programming to offer a variety of experiences for the children. Jan Stange, Coordinator - 692-8066

Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizons

Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons offers all interested girls from kindergarten through high school the opportunity to become leaders in their community and the world. The Girl Scout organization provides year-round learning experiences for girls to discover their leadership potential, connect with others, and take action to make the world a better place.  Bette Poppen - 605-854-3117

Inter-Lakes Community Action Early Head Start empowers people to live, not just survive."

Community Action change's people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other. Danielle Jensen - 605-256-6518

Special Olympics, Brookings

Provides year round sports training and athletic competitions for individuals two years of age or older with (and without) intellectual disabilities at no cost to the individual or the family. 

STARS - Special Training and Riding Skills

Provides the opportunity for persons with special needs disabilities to develop their motor skills through horseback riding.  STARS meets every Tuesday and Thursday evening, June - August at Circle H Stables west of Brookings.  Individuals are encouraged to contact the program to learn about various volunteer opportunities that are available. Linda Brandt, Brookings Area Interagency Council - 692-5789, Linda Bohlmann, STARS Program Director - 605-413-905

TEEN Challenge of the Dakotas

Serves men 18 years and older whom have life -controlling problems, often including substance abuse and addiction issues. We work with various agencies in the community, including the courts, to help redirect and bring healing to people's lives, through our long term residential training and mentoring programs. TCD "Endeavors to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well and spiritually alive."Mike Gilmartin, Director - 693-9753

United Living Community - Intergenerational Programs

To provide a continuum of care that embraces changing needs of the community.

Our purpose is to meet the ever changing needs of the community from children to Senior Citizens. 692-5351