Since 1999, Volunteers of America, Dakotas has been removing barriers to provide afterschool and academic supports, character building, and well-being to children in our community.
Monday - Friday (school year hours): 3 PM - 9 PM
Monday - Friday (Summer hours): Noon - 6 PM
Camp POSTCARD (Peace Officers Striving to Create and Reinforce Dreams) is a free, weeklong summer camp that brings together law enforcement officials and middle school students from the Sioux Falls area. This unique and powerful experience gives youth and law enforcement the opportunity to connect in an environment that pushes them out of their comfort zone. Students and law enforcement officials will be encouraged to learn from one another and see each other from different perspectives.
School Resource Officers play a critical role in Camp POSTCARD. They serve as the sole referral source, nominating and selecting students to attend. During camp, School Resource Officers and other law enforcement officials fill the role of camp counselors as they lead youth through activities to help them develop self-esteem, leadership, and decision-making skills while building trusting and respectful relationships.
Camp POSTCARD will serve youth who are facing challenging circumstances and could benefit from building positive, trusting relationships with adults. The camp is designed to improve youth’s attitudes towards law enforcement and enhance law enforcement officials’ connections with youth.
Volunteers of America, Dakotas is one the only programs in the nation that works with mothers in prison, their children, and the children's caregiver to break cycles of poverty and incarceration and to change the future for these families. Look Up and Hope is a national initiative started by Volunteers of America aimed at strengthening families who have been disrupted by the incarceration of mothers. Volunteers of America saw that mothers were the fastest-growing segment of the prison population and that there were very few programs tailored to their complex needs.
We provide counseling and case management for the families, as well as assistance in finding housing, education, food, employment, and transportation to enable families to become healthier, self-sufficient, productive members of their communities.
Each member of the family also has coaching to help them to overcome their challenges and reach their full potential, as well as to help the family function in positive and productive ways. These services are specifically designed to lend continuity with the goal of emotionally healthy children and a stable family life.
Kidz Count offers at-risk children from Terry Redlin Elementary School a safe, structured, and loving after school environment. It is operated in a partnership between Wesley Neighborhood Outreach and Volunteers of America, Dakotas, and located at Wesley United Methodist Church in Sioux Falls, SD.
While at Kidz Count, students experience a secure, nurturing setting where they can play, create arts and crafts, read, work on homework, and spend time in the computer lab. Each student receives one snack and one meal while at the program. Kidz Count operates Monday through Friday and serves kindergarten through 5th grade students daily.
Enrollment requests come through Terry Redlin Elementary School, and the staff there make enrollment decisions based on the needs of the child, family, and Kidz Count Guidelines. Support from a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant ensures consistent, professional staff who work hard to create an environment where students achieve their full potential.