• 651-455-1560

  • 1645 Marthaler Lane, West St. Paul, MN 55118

“This is one of the top… experiences that I have been lucky to be a part of during my 20 years of teaching.”

– Pen Pals teacher

For over 26 years, the DARTS Learning Buddies & Pen Pals programs have served Dakota County communities and beyond by connecting older community members with students to share experiences and learn from one another throughout the school year.

Become a Learning Buddy!

  • Volunteer 1-2 Hours per week in a local elementary school
  • Help students with Math, Reading, Science, or Art
  • Become a mentor and create intergenerational friendships
  • Connect with other volunteers
  • Participate in ongoing training and support

Make a difference in the life of a student while enriching your own life. Consider becoming a Learning Buddy!

Learn how you can take part by calling 651-234-2227 or emailing volunteer@darts1.org.

Pen Pal update

Join the Pen Pal Program!

  • Befriend an elementary age student through the art of letter writing
  • Write and mail at least one letter a month to your matched Pen Pal
  • Help your Pen Pal practice their writing skills
  • Attend a virtual mid-year gathering to meet your Pen Pal

Strengthen your community and create connections that enrich aging. Consider becoming a Pen Pal!

Learn how you can take part by calling 651-234-2227 or emailing volunteer@darts1.org

Volunteers for this program must be 55+ and live in or near Dakota County, MN.

“It is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. To see their love of reading and having one-on-one time with them is priceless!” 

— Learning Buddies Volunteer

Thank you to our generous sponsors who make
Learning Buddies & Pen Pals possible!


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