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.
The Book Wagon
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
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.
Community-Based 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.
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.
Intellectual Disabilities Education, WeARE (Advocates for Reproductive Education)