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 provides educational opportunities for individuals interested in obtaining their GED, enrolling in college, or attaining/retaining employment.  Our classes focus on basic mathematics, reading, science, social studies, and writing skills in preparation for the desired outcome.  We also offer English as a Second Language, NCRC testing, basic computer skills, keyboarding, and college test proctoring. 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 by providing artists with developmental disabilities the means to create an exhibit, and sell their art in our studio and gallery, and across the state of South Dakota. 

Boys and Girls Club of Brookings

Offers a wide variety of programming for youth of the Brookings area focusing on our three priority outcomes of academic success, good character/leadership and healthy lifestyles.  Activities are designed to develop self-esteem and assist youth in reaching their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.  The program serves more than 1,500 youth annually (350-400 average daily attendance during the school year and 400 average daily attendance during the summer months).  Currently in their impact programs they are seeing an 85%-90% success rate or improvement in knowledge. Vanessa Merhib - 692-3333

Boy Scouts of America - Sioux Council

Sioux Council is a premier character education and leadership development organization helping develop youth to be prepared for life by helping them to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes.  With the support of positive, adult role model volunteers, Scouting programs provide challenging adventures to boys from first-grade through age 20 and girls, age 14 to 20.
Pete Carteaux - 605-592-6173

Brookings County Youth Mentoring Program

(BCYMP) promotes one-on-one mentoring to youth in the community. The program seeks to ensure that all youth in Brookings County have the guidance and support of a caring, stable adult. The mentor relationship is intended to empower youth to reach their full potential. This past year, BCYM connected over 140 volunteer mentors with youth in this county. The BCYMP is actively recruiting mentors for the over 100 children who are waiting for a mentor, as well as volunteers who would like to sponsor an event, or offer other services to the program.
Patty Bacon 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

Provides volunteer tutors with books and materials to teach persons age 16 and older who are functionally illiterate. Functional illiteracy is the inability to read common signs, newspapers, job applications, and/or learn computer operations. Provide Books for Babes to new mothers in Brookings County. 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 and general resources.  The Toy and Resource Lending Library provides resources, publications, toys and equipment which promote the healthy growth and development of young children.  Parents and families can access information on child care providers/programs in the Brookings community through the Child Care Referral Service.  688-5730

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

Provides safe, affordable before and after school care in grades K-5, as well as summer care through age 12.  Sliding fee scale for parents of need. Scholarships are available. Last year, GAP served close to 300 children before and after school. Jan Stange, Coordinator - 692-8066

Girl Scouts - Dakota Horizons

Promotes citizenship through educational programs, projects and outdoor activities to help girls learn the qualities of leadership and participation. Bette Poppen - 605-854-3117

Inter-Lakes Community Action Early Head Start

Helps empower pregnant women and families with young children to develop to their fullest potential. Danielle Jensen - 605-256-6518

Special Olympics, Brookings

Any individual eight years of age or older with intellectual disabilities is eligible to participate in Special Olympics.  Special Olympics contributes to the physical, social, and psychological development of people with intellectual disabilities.  Through successful experiences in sports, athletes gain confidence and build a positive self-image associated with success.  This success carries over into the classroom, the home, and the community. Suzy Gehring - 697-6937

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

Applies spiritually motivated biblical principles to relationships in the family, local church, chosen vocation and the community.  The program endeavors to help people to become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well and spiritually alive. Mike Gilmartin, Director - 693-9753

United Living Community - Intergenerational Programs

Provides for intergenerational program with childcare center and the residents of the long term care facility. Fred Hatton, Recreational Activities Coordinator- 692-5351

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