REACH is a nonprofit that provides literacy instruction and experiences for thousands of adult learners and readers each year through ground-breaking tutoring programs and the innovative use of donated books in our beautiful secondhand bookstore.

Our adult literacy program transforms adults reading and writing skills through experienced volunteer tutors who deliver innovative instruction, who are passionate about education and serve as positive role models. Adult learners feel supported in a safe learning environment for practice, exploration and language lessons.

Through our REACH a Teacher Grants, we provide readers of all ages with engaging, appropriate, and high-quality books. Each year we provide thousands of books to schools and nonprofits across the Sioux Empire.

Funding for our work comes in large part from the sale of donated books at our fantastic REACH a Reader bookstore, as well as online and at special events.


Our organization has come a long way since we started 34 years ago as a prison ministry called Sioux Falls Area Literacy Council. While our primary mission to teach adults to read, write and improve life skills has not changed, the scope of our program has changed significantly. In 2014 we changed our name to REACH to reflect that change. We are reaching an even broader community across the Sioux Empire and helping others reach their goals and dreams.



Executive Director

Brianna Venekamp

Workplace Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator


Linda Jass


BryAnn Becker Knecht

Lezlee Herdina


Morgan Hauck


John Heber

Valerie Loudenback

Seth Artz

Darcy Litzen

Megan Baldridge

Rachel Preheim

Robert Junker

Vice President

BryAnn Becker Knecht - President

Linda Jass- Vice President

"Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope."

Kofi Annan

(605) 332-2665

2101 W 41st St, Suite 23 Sioux Falls SD United States 57105

We are located on the south side of the Western Mall, by Scheels.

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