Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
This program encourages early literacy by providing free books to children between the ages of 0 to 5. Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in the child's name directly to his/her home.
The child enrolled in this wonderful program can look forward to new and exciting reading adventures until he/she turns five years old and remains a resident of Crow Wing
and Southern Cass counties during that time period. The program has no enrollment limitations and is available to every family within our service area.
Reach Out and Read
This program is funded through a unique collaborative effort by community partners that encourages early childhood literacy by introducing and reinforcing the value of reading to both parents
and children by a trusted authority, their primary care physician. Any child age 6 months to 5 years will receive the gift of a book at each well-child visit.
People First, Disability Second, Confidence Learning Center
This program educates elementary students in the Brainerd Lakes Area on a variety of disabilities including physical disabilities, blindness, deafness, mental disabilities, and learning disabilities.
The objectives are to increase knowledge, awareness, and understanding of individuals with disabilties, as well as encourage students to be more open to developing relationships with individuals
Volunteer Program, Confidence Learning Center
The program goal is to recruit, organize, and retain volunteers. In 2014, the program recorded over 580 volunteers.
Rendezvous Program, Confidence Learning Center
This program offers opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to participate in monthly activities in the greater Brainerd Lakes Area. This allows for greater social integration to experience
educational and adapted recreational activities, and to acquire healthier lifestyle skills.
Suicide Prevention Program, Crisis Line and Referral Service
The program's goal is to educate as many 7th grade students as possible about depression and the risks of suicide. Students also learn alternatives to suicide, drugs, alcohol, and bullying.
Youth Center After School Program, Cuyuna Range Youth Center
The goals of the program focus on building leadership skills, positive character development, health and life skills, and supervised recreation.
School Programs, Junior Achievement of the Brainerd Lakes Area
Junior Achievement provides school-aged kids age-appropriate lessons on financial literacy, college and career readiness, and entrepreneurial thinking. Students also learn 21st-century skills needed
for success in the workforce or post-secondary institutions such as communication, critical thinking, problem solving, adaptability, creativity and teamwork. In 2014, Junior Achievement impacted 6300
students in the Brainerd, Pequot Lakes, Crosby, and Pillager school districts.
One-On-One Youth Mentoring, Kinship Partners, Inc.
The purpose of Kinship Partners is to match at-risk youth with caring adult mentors to be positive forces in their lives to help prevent challenging and dangerous behaviors before they occur. The
One-On-One mentoring program matches children ages 5 to 14 with positive adult mentors and has over 300 volunteers contributing over 30,000 hours of time annually.
Restorative Group Conferencing, Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project
This program provides a diversion opportunity by allowing victims of crimes committed by first-time offenders and community members to meet with the offender and a facilitator and collectively work
out a contract to restore the harm.
Foster Grandparent Program, Lutheran Social Service - Brainerd
The overall program goal is to improve lives and increase the possibility of success for children who need one-on-one support in school and Head Start settings. Volunteers tutor and provide mentoring
for children designated by school staff as being most at risk of falling behind in school.
Operation Learn & Grown, Northland Arboretum
This program provides a community-based work environment to teach workforce-appropriate job skills to young adults with disabilites.
Family Center Home Visiting, Northland Area Family Service Center
The two goals for this program are for children and families to be safe, nutured and healthy and for children to arrive at school ready to learn.
Home Visiting, Pillager Family Council
The two goals for this program are for children and families to be safe, nutured and healthy and for children to arrive at school ready to learn. This is done through weekly home visits to families
to help with any basic needs and connection to community programs and services.
Salem West, Salem Lutheran Church
Through collaboration with Bridges of Hope, the primary goal is to provide services that assist beyond just the immediate need by taking a more holistic approach for those facing a financial crisis.
Brainerd Lakes Timber Bay, Timber Bay
The goals are to provide a sense of purpose, belonging, community and self-worth to at-risk youth. Timber Bay youth camp provides an opportunity for healthy relationships between adult mentors
and at-risk students.
After School Program, The Warehouse
The primary objective is to provide a safe, encouraging and enriching environment where youth are able to develop healthy relationships with each other as well as with positive adult community
members as a means of personal development.